December 4th is National Cookie Day. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than to read a silly story about the delectable treats? Okay…I can think of one other higher calorie festive act: eat a plate full. But first, read Missouri Building Blocks nominee “Duckling Gets a Cookie!?“ by Mo Willems. This book features the ever obstinate Pigeon, one polite Duckling and, of course, a coveted cookie. Heck, go ahead and throw a party using the publisher’s event kit; they give you the directions for games like duck, duck, pigeon, and provide patterns for inventing your own cookies.
To round out your National Cookie Day celebration, I highly recommend “Who Put the Cookie in the Cookie Jar?“ by George Shannon. I absolutely love how this book turns the traditional rhyme about who stole the cookies upside down. This delightful rhyming text depicts all of the hands that go into making cookies with love. You see people from around the world gathering eggs, sewing the oven mitts, transporting the goods and stocking the store shelves. The preschoolers in my story times love pointing out their favorite types of cookies and sharing memories of making cookies with their family. So go make some memories! And eat a cookie for me.
Jan Thomas’ books are known for their humor, and “Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy” doesn’t disappoint. Turning a typical bedtime routine on its head, the parent – played by the brave cowboy – continues to halt the bedtime process. Cowboy’s wild imagination turns flowers into spiders and sticks into snakes. Luckily the cows and a not-so-scary wolf alleviate his fears, and he happily croons everyone to sleep.
Kids love guessing what inanimate object is scaring Cowboy. Their enthusiastic and imaginative guessing reminds me of a simple game I made up as a child. I called it… “The Peek Game.”
How do you play this marvelous game, you ask?
- Gather a file folder, scissors and some interesting images from magazines or calendars.
- Cut several flaps in the front your file folder. Larger flaps are perfect for young ones. Tiny flaps make the game more challenging.
- Hide an image inside the folder.
- Let one player pick a flap to open.
- Given this peek, what could the image be?
- Continue opening windows and guessing until you guess correctly.
- Swap places and let the other player pick an image.
Looking for more fun? In the vein of Throwback Thursday, take a peek at our past blogs for another popular guessing game and my favorite cowpoke lullaby (actions included).
We’ve already raved about Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat books and why kids are eating them up and demanding more.
So let’s take a different route and talk about how parents and teachers are using this lovable character as a jumping off point into a variety of educational areas.
Check out how this teacher incorporates music and builds a sense of community in her classroom with Pete the cat. (Watch the kid with the gong! You won’t regret it.)
The list goes on and on! Google “Pete the Cat activities,” and you will receive a list of over 5 MILLION links. Now that’s one popular cat.
Creepy creatures and scary stories abound in October. A book that isn’t TOO scary but will build anticipation and excitement is “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle. It starts in the jungle with a monkey swinging from vine to vine. No. Wait. That’s not a monkey…IT’S A TIGER! Your child won’t be able to stop himself from shouting as you turn the pages of this fun Missouri Building Block nominee. But if you are worried about sharing scary stories with your child, here are some suggestions: Continue reading
“Over in the meadow in the sand, in the sun, lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one…” You may recognize this rhyme from an old counting rhyme called “Over In the Meadow.” This particular rhyme served as one of the inspirations for Ken Geist’s book, “Who’s Who?” Geist’s rendition uses the same rhythmic pattern, but his version is all about twin animals (his other inspiration – his joyous twin children). So flap, swing and swim along with your child through a fun version of this familiar story and see if you can tell “Who’s Who?”
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