Category: Seasons

What Will Grow? – Fun Seed Activities for Kids

Spring is coming! I love the spring time. The snow melts away, the flowers start to pop out of the ground and we can get outside again. Springtime feels like it is full of possibilities. We bought our house in November a few years ago, so when the gardens around our house started to bloom, we had no idea what types of plants and flowers to expect. It was so fun watching the plants start to come up through the soil and wait to see what would grow. Today’s book asks the same thing, and offers a lot of fun opportunities to learn about plants with different kinds of seed activities.

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Getting Through Winter with Frederick!

The long winter months can really start to get you down and make you miss the bright and sunshiny days of spring and summer. The story of Frederick by Leo Lionni combats these winter blues with bright colors and warm memories. It also shows kids how important art and poetry are to our lives, and how everyone can make a difference with their own individual talents.

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Enjoying the Snowy Days!

Snowy days can be full of wonder, excitement and fun. A fresh blanket of snow makes the world seem quiet and new. Give kids the opportunity to enjoy a snowy day, whether you have snow outside or not!

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What Do Snowmen Do at Night?

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Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is an entertaining tale about what happens to snowmen while we are sleeping at night. Do they stand there watching the street, or do they go on an adventure? The fun rhyming text is accompanied by adorable illustrations which make you want to join in the snowman fun! My daughter and I are big fans of Snowmen at Christmas, so I was excited to check out the other titles in this series! We have already had a lot of snow here and have had a lot of fun exploring it! Even if you don’t live in a snowy climate, there are lots of learning opportunities to go along with this adorable story!

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Warming Hearts and Hands with The Mitten Tree

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The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen tells the touching story of Sarah, a little old woman who watches the young children play at the bus stop, but goes unnoticed by them. After a snow fall, she notices that one of the boys doesn’t play with the other kids. When she sees that he doesn’t have any mittens, she decides to knit him a pair. She leaves them on the spruce tree, thus beginning a fun game with the children. Each day they look on the mitten tree for pairs of mittens. This is a sweet story which children and adults can enjoy, while also giving readers a great message about the act of giving, without needing recognition for it.

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Best Christmas Board Books

best-christmas-board-booksDon’t forget the little ones when you are buying your holiday books! There are a wide variety of wonderful Christmas board books for babies and toddlers to enjoy during the holiday season. From touch and feel interactive books to sweet stories introducing them to traditions and symbols, you are sure to find something for your child! While several of the classic Christmas stories are also available in board book formats, I tried to keep this post to mostly books aimed at very young children. (This post contains affiliate links. In order to support this blog and continue providing free content, I may receive a commission from purchases you make through the links in this post).

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Celebrating The Night Before Thanksgiving

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celebrating-the-night-before-thanksgivingThe Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing tells the story of a family preparing for Thanksgiving Day. As the parents prepare the food, the kids help to get the home ready. When the holiday arrives, they spend the day enjoying delicious food and fun games with their family. This is a great rhyming read aloud to get kids excited for all of the traditions of Thanksgiving! There are many activities that you can easily do with this book to further the learning and get your family ready for turkey day!

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Ring in the Holidays with Family Read-Alouds!

favorite-books-to-ring-in-the-holidaysThere are so many amazing books to read during the holiday season. From Santa Claus to snowmen and dreidels to trees, there are so many wonderful stories to share with children and get them excited for the season! I could not possibly list all of the amazing books out there, but I have managed to compile a list of books that are personal favorites of mine that I am excited to share with my daughter for many years to come. (If your favorite is not here, don’t worry! Other holidays and traditions will definitely be recognized in posts to come).

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Celebrate a Cranberry Thanksgiving!

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cranberry-thanksgiving Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin is a classic which has been shared among many generations. Maggie and her grandmother invite guests to Thanksgiving dinner every year, especially those who are poor or lonely. Grandmother doesn’t trust Maggie’s guest because she worries he will steal her famous cranberry bread recipe. However, when the recipe goes missing, Grandmother may be proven wrong! This classic story reminds us not to judge a book by it’s cover and to be gracious during the holiday season. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a lot of cranberry fun!

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Turkey Fun for Thanksgiving!

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turkey-trouble-2Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is a hilarious story about a turkey who doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! He decides to disguise himself as other animals so he can hide from the farmer. The story is entertaining for all ages, and kids will surely enjoy Turkey’s funny costumes throughout the book. This book also presents an opportunity to have a lot of turkey fun just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

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