Every Wednesday I will post a great book (or collection of books) for you and your child to read together. There will often be a simple craft or project to go with it to further promote reading comprehension, vocabulary, and communication.
Things have been busy this week. But I like busy and I tend to create my own chaos, so I’m really not complaining. I wanted to do this weeks Wordy Wednesday post justice, though, so you have something to think about up until Thanksgiving. I’ll be getting ready to travel home next week so I won’t be posting the usual book post.
Maybe you’ll be hosting a family with young children, maybe you need a little something to bring with you for who (whom?) ever is hosting you. Whatever the case- these sweet little stories are a great way to connect with kids about the larger meaning of Thanksgiving. I think as holiday’s go, Thanksgiving is hard for toddler’s to understand. They enjoy food and family and fun but how do you explain the details and importance of this day to such a young little mind? With books of course!
If only books were the answer to all our problems. Hmm I think I’m going somewhere with that…
This litte book is great for tiny hands that need to be occupied (say during a long family dinner?) and comes with that adorable little mouse finger puppet. I absolutely love the colors and patterns in the book and of course the way the cutouts work on each page is lovely.
Because there is nothing cuter than those ten fat turkeys on the cover. I love Rich Deas illustrations and of course kids love counting books. Give them this little gem to read during the Thanksgiving holiday.
I have to include a Margaret Sutherland book in this small list… her books are all wonderful (not just this Thanksgiving one) and have some of my favorite little children to illustrate her stories. “Thanksgiving is for giving thanks.” It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
What’s a pilgrim? What’s an indian? Enter: The Fist Thanksgiving lift the flap book. I love the artwork in this book- simple and colorful. Look at the corn on the cover!! So darling. And of course those dang flaps. Kids love flaps. It’s just a rule.
Now we’ve all probably been pinning turkey crafts over the past few weeks, seeing turkey projects come home from school, waiting for the turkey art work that the kiddos have been working on for awhile, but take a break from turkey’s and try this fun CORN inspired project. I made these wonderful corn prints with my preschoolers and they had the best time doing it!
Bubble wrap (big or small bubble-doesn’t matter)
Yellow and Green Construction Paper
1. Using sponge tip brushes, paint the bubbles! Use any colors you want- we chose purple, red, orange, yellow and brown.
2. Lay your yellow construction paper over the bubbles and gently press to “print” the kernels onto the paper.
3. When painting is dry, cut out a corn shape. Use green paper to cut out two green husks and glue them to your corn. Ta da!
You might want to make sure you save a piece of unpainted bubble wrap. Kids LOVE to pop and it and you’ll have quite the mess on your hands if they are trying to pop paint covered bubbles!
You’ve been warned 😉
Got a great kids book suggestion for my Wordy Wednesday posts? A family favorite that your child would like to make a craft about? Leave me a comment! We are always on the hunt for new books to read!