Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Inspired Activities

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The Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Author: Mo Willems

Welcome!  We’re excited to announce that we’ve selected 3 books this month to focus on for the Virtual Book Club for Kids that feature well known author Mo Willems.  The books we chose to feature are ….

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus INspired Activities featuring author Mo Willems at the Virtual Book Club for Kids The first book we’re featuring is Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  Here are several activities from our co-hosting bloggers of the Virtual Book Club for Kids.  We encourage you to check out their activities and enjoy Mo Willems’ books  for the next few weeks with your child. This activities feature a variety of topics from letter recognition, fine motor skills, story retelling, movement ideas and more!  Leave a comment and tell us your favorite one.  

 PRINT this Book List to keep track of who’s coming NEXT month!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Activities

 

Cardboard Bus Craft inspired by Mo Willems   Pigeon Play dough Kit inspired by Mo Willems   DIY Puppet Theatre for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Puppets, Crafts and Storytelling inspired by Mo Willems   Handprint Pigeon inspired by Mo Willems  Alphabet Bus Games inspired by Mo Willems

Rhymping PIgeon Race to the Bus inspired by Mo Willems   B is for Bus Pigeon Craft inspired by Mo Willems  Printable Captions for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 Additional Ideas for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 

You’re encourage to share a PHOTO and/or Link of your Mo Willems activities at home on our Virtual Book Club Facebook Page!.  

Virtual Book Club for Kids

NEXT Virtual Book Club for Kids is October 9 featuring Julia Donaldson 

You’ll find even more ideas shared for Books and Activities by following along!
to get the latest updates for each author and selected activities for FREE! 

Announcing Virtual Book Club for Kids for 2014-2015

Virtual Book Club for Kids is an amazing way to introduce your kids to new (or old favorite) children’s books! We are excited to be kicking off a new year of awesome books this Fall. Virtual Book Club for Kids predominantly focuses on books and book inspired activities for children ages 2-5.

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS 2014-2015

We are so thrilled to announce the featured authors list for 2014-2015!  We’ve selected authors that are well known so we can have some fun with our kids this year with easy to find books. Take a peek at the list and tell us if we included any of your favorite authors!

Author List for the Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014-2015

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Your Virtual Book Club for Kids Organizers are Kristina from Toddler Approved, Cerys from Rainy Day Mum and Kim from The Educators’ Spin On It. We have worked together to compile our favorite Authors and Books for this new year and we are working with an amazing team of creative bloggers to share loads of book inspired activities with you. Watch out for our blogger spotlights later this month!

Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Authors & Dates for 2014-2015

Click HERE to for a Printable of all of the Books and Authors to keep handy

Book Selections for Virtual Book Club for Kids

Sept 11th – Mo Willems

October 9th- Julia Donaldson

Featured books: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man

November 13th- Eric Litwin

Featured Books: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Socks, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes

December- No Virtual Book Club for Kids

January 8th- Ellen Stoll Walsh

Featured Books: Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, Mouse Shapes

February 12th- Dr Seuss

Featured Books: One Fish Two Fish, The Cat and the Hat, The Lorax

March 12th- Margaret Wise Brown

Featured Books: Goodnight Moon, The Important Book, Runaway Bunny

April 9th- Laura Numeroff

 
Featured Books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Pig a Pancake, If you Give a Moose a Muffin,

May 14th- Eric Carle

 
Featured Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, The Mixed Up Chameleon

June 11th- Leo Lionni

 
Featured Books: A Color Of His Own, Swimmy, Little Blue and Little Yellow

July 9th- Donald Crews

Featured Books: Freight Train, 10 Black Dots, Truck

August 13th- Bill Martin Jr.

Featured Books: Chicka Chick Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Chicka Chicka 1,2,3

What do you think? Are you going to join us this year? Which author is your favorite? See any books you haven’t read yet?

If you are interested in joining us for Virtual Book Club for Kids, here’s what to do…

  1. Add the dates to your calendar and start reserving or finding your books! 
  2. Pick at least one book each month to read with your child.
  3. Do a book inspired craft or activity after you read the book.
  4. Come stop by on the second Thursday of the month and tell us what you did here in the comments or over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page!

Each month we will featured activities for all 3 books featured by the month’s author.  We’ve team up with bloggers to create many ideas that your child will enjoy and learn with.  We’d love for you to join the our Virtual Book Club too!  Each month select one of the featured books by the author of the month and create an activity with your child.  Once complete share with us in the comments below or on the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Page.

Join us for the 2014-2015 Virtual Book Club for Kids
You’ll find even more ideas shared for Books and Activities by following along!
to get the latest updates for each author and selected activities for FREE! 

Announcing Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp 2014!

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp starts in only 2 weeks! Are you going to join us for a summer filled with great books and cool activities?

Virtual Book Club Summer Camp features THREE weeks of children’s book themed crafts and activities for kids ages 2-5.

Instead of driving your kids off to camp each day… you get to stay home and attend “virtual” summer camp along with us! We will serve as your Camp Directors and we’ll get you all of the materials and information you need to make camp successful for you and your kids.

We have chosen three weekly themes tied with some of our favorite children’s books to share with you! Each week we will be planning and preparing activities, crafts, and cool ideas for you. We’ll send you the supplies list and book list ahead of time so you can get those together and then you can kick back and relax until our newsletter arrives in your inbox filled with your activities for the week!

Each week you will receive a newsletter from us with your plan for the week.

Once you get the newsletter each week you’ll have plenty of simple activity ideas to help you connect and create with books and your kids all week long!

Are you interested in joining in? Here’s what a Virtual Book Club (VBC) Summer Camp Membership includes…

  • a pre-camp planner with a book list, supply list, printable camp planner to keep you organized, and a printable sample camp schedule.
  • 15 simple printable activities and crafts featuring favorite children’s books based on the weekly themes plus 3 bonus activities.  All activities will be playful and geared around hands-on learning. (You’ll receive 6 exclusive activities in each weekly newsletter along with additional resources)
  • membership to a private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group where you can chat with our VBC “Camp Directors” (that’s us) and other participants, get tips, other creative ideas, and additional resources.

We are offering Virtual Book Club Summer Camp membership for $9.99 

If you’d like to join us for camp this summer, click on this link to be added to our VBC Summer Camp Alerts list. Registration for our June session just closed but our July session will begin registration in the next few weeks.

Our July Virtual Book Club Summer Camp session will officially start on Monday, July 28 but you can sign up for the newsletters and use them whenever they are useful for you after that.

You may want to sprinkle the activities throughout the summer every few weeks or do them along with us each day. The July session is scheduled for the weeks of July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th.

Once you register for Virtual Book Club Summer Camp you’ll receive a welcome email with camp themes and an invitation to our private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group so we can start chatting!

The Camp Directors this year are Kristina (from Toddler Approved), Kim Vij (from The Educators’ Spin On it ) and Cerys Parker (from Rainy Day Mum)

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

One of my favorite parts of VBC Summer Camp is that activity will be simple, have easy to get materials, and will be geared towards kids ages 2-5. I also am loving our VBC Summer Camp private Facebook group! It is filling up fast with lots of excited participants! Hope you’ll join us too!

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Crafts and Activities Inspired by Classic Tales {Paul Galdone Blog Hop}

This month for Virtual Book Club for Kids we are featuring books by Paul Galdone! Paul Galdone is known for his retellings of classic tales.

Today we are sharing several simple crafts and activities inspired by classic tales. These crafts and activities will go along great with books by Paul Galdone!

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Come make a DIY Puppet Stage for The Three Little Pigs over at Teach Preschool.

Toddler Approved is huffing, puffing, and BLOWING while painting like the “big bad wolf.”

Reading Confetti shares 3 ways to retell classic tales.

Help The Three Little Kittens hang their little mittens out to dry over at Play Dr. Mom.

Try The Three Bears Porridge Experiment with Inspiration Laboratories.

Fantastic Fun and Learning shares a simple way to make The Little Red Hen craft out of shapes!

Tell the story of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff with Growing Book by Book’s fabulous literacy extension idea.

You can find more Virtual Book Club for Kids book inspired crafts and activities over on our pinterest board!

What is your favorite classic tale?

If you’d like to link up a Paul Galdone inspired craft of activity, you can add it to the linky at the bottom of this post!

 

Laura Numeroff Virtual Book Club Blog Hop

This month we are featuring books by Laura Numeroff for Virtual Book Club for Kids!! If you are new to VBC you can read more about it here. 

Laura Numeroff VBC collage

Here are the bloggers that are participating this year!

Toddler Approved- The Educators’ Spin On It- Rainy Day Mum- 3 Dinosaurs- Learn~Play~ImagineCrafty Moms ShareReading Confetti- Inspiration LaboratoriesMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasKids Yoga StoriesReady-Set-Read - PlayDrMomFantastic Fun and LearningGrowing Book by Book- Royal BalooThe Outlaw Mom® BlogKitchen Counter ChroniclesTeach PreschoolMama SmilesCoffee Cups and CrayonsJuggling With KidsHere Come the Girls-

Click on the links above to check out all of the great content on their sites! They all have some amazing book inspired craft and activity posts.

If you’d like to get some ideas based on books by Laura Numeroff, check out the links in the linky below. If you have your own activity or craft to add, LINK IT UP NOW so that we can come check it out! 

Thanks so much for participating in Virtual Book Club for Kids this month!

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Numeroff Virtual Book Club for Kids

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Virtual Book Club for Kids took a little hiatus over the holidays and we are excited to be back for 2014! If you missed our author list for 2013-2014, check it out here. Each month we will feature a new author and we will share activities and crafts inspired by their books!

In January we will be featuring books by Laura Numeroff!

Laura Numeroff VBC collageHave you read any of these books by Laura Numeroff? If so, which ones are your favorites?

My kids currently are loving these three books.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- My 15 month old just carries this one around saying his version of cookie… hoping I’ll give him one.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin- My kiddos (5 and 3) are obsessed with muffins and could eat them daily. This book cracks them up and gets them salivating for muffins too.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake- My 5-year-old can read this book now and is so proud of himself. He needs some help but the illustrations are perfect for young readers and keep them engaged and also help give them hints while trying to read the words.

This month we’ll be sharing some Laura Numeroff book inspired activities here, over on Toddler Approved, and on several other blogs. Stay tuned for a post on January 13th. If you’d like to join in, here’s what you need to do…

 If you are new to Virtual Book Club for Kids, here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a Laura Numeroff book to read with your child or class (a few are shown above in my collage)
  2. Comment below and let us know that you are participating!!
  3. Do any activity, craft, cooking project, or other book inspired activity that goes along with the book your chose.
  4. Share what you did with us starting Monday, January 13th! We will have a linky up for several weeks where you can share any blog posts (if you are a blogger) or you can post what you did at the end of the linky post in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

We will be sharing your ideas on our Virtual Book Club for Kids FB page and Pinterest boards.

Some of the other Laura Numeroff books we have or we’d like to add to our collections are…

If You Give a Dog a Donut
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to School
Happy Birthday, Mouse!
What Grandmas Do Best

Have you decided which one you want to pick yet?

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too!

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I can’t wait to see which book you choose! Don’t forget to come back on January 13th to share the book and activity you chose to do this month!

Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler ApprovedShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

 

Nick Sharratt Book Inspired Crafts & Activities {Blog Hop}

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Have you signed up for our Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter yet? Click here to sign up.

Nick Sharratt book club

This month we are spotlighting books by Nick Sharratt for Virtual Book Club for Kids!

Here are the posts that have been shared by our three Virtual Book Club for Kids organizers…

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen Homemade Lift the Flap Book via Toddler Approved

lift the flap book

Shark in the Park Telescope Craft via Rainy Day Mum

i-spy telescope craft

Come link up any Nick Sharratt book activity posts if you have any in the linky below!

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:

  1. Link up only posts inspired by Nick Sharratt that share children’s book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.

  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!

Come Link Up!

You can also find loads of Virtual Book Club ideas organized by author and topic on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board that we just started and will continue to be adding to!

Come sign up for our Virtual Book Club Newsletter too and check out our new Virtual Book Club for Kids blog!

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Witch Crafts and Activities for Kids {Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson}

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

witch themed playdate

My daughter and I are participating in a children’s book themed co-op preschool this year! We also love to plan book inspired activities when friends come over so I thought we’d share some of our favorite ideas with you.

This week we will be crafting and playing along with Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

Here are some cool ideas if you want to invite some friends over and have a witch themed playdate… or just have a little witch themed fun together as a family.

Start off the activity by reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. 

Then pick some witch themed crafts, activities, and snacks to try from the list below…

witch hat drip painting

Witch Crafts & Activities

Make a paper towel roll broomstick via Toddler Approved

Explore some early math concepts via Ready-Set-Read

Create a pop up witch craft via I Heart Crafty Things

Do some witch hat drip painting via Toddler Approved

Make some magic potions with No Time for Flashcards

Play with a witch’s brew via Growing a Jeweled Rose

Melt some crayons and make witch fingers via Creative Connections for Kids

Play witch golf via Toddler Approved

Do some witch cutting via Lalymom

Explore a witch sensory brew via Love, Play, Learn

Build a flower pot witch via The Chirping Moms

Draw a witch while reading along with the book via Imagination Soup

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Witch Snacks

Make popcorn goody witches via Martha Stewart

Create some broom stick & witch hat snacks via Toddler Approved

Make a witch cheese snack via Cooking Creation

If you want more Halloween book inspired resources, head over to our Pumpkin book & activity round up and our VBC Pinterest board.

If you have a favorite witch craft or activity, we’d love for you to share the link in the comments of this post so that we can pin it!

Come back on Monday to check out some more fun book inspired crafts & activities. Next week we are featuring books by Nick Sharratt! I am so excited to share our ideas to go along with What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?.

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too!

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Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler Approved and founder of Virtual Book Club for KidsShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

 

Nick Sharratt Virtual Book Club for Kids

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Have you signed up for our Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter yet? Click here to sign up.

Nick Sharratt updated

This month we are spotlighting books by Nick Sharratt for Virtual Book Club for Kids!

Nick Sharratt was a brand-new author to me when we planned out our authors for the year, but the book covers, titles, and topics looked so inviting so I knew we’d love these new books! Once we started reading we haven’t wanted to stop!

Nick Sharratt is a prize winning British illustrator AND author and has written and illustrated tons of books! You can find many of the titles here

Have you read any books by Nick Sharrat yet?

We just bought What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? and have been reading it nonstop since it arrived. We also shared it with several friends who are now reading it again and again at their houses!

We are so excited that so many of you will be joining us as we explore books by Nick Sharratt this month. If you are new to Virtual Book Club for Kids, here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a Nick Sharratt book to read with your child or class (a few are shown above in my collage)
  2. Comment below and let us know that you are participating!!
  3. Do any activity, craft, cooking project, or other book inspired activity that goes along with the book your chose.
  4. Share what you did with us starting Monday, October 14th! We will have a linky up for several weeks where you can share any blog posts (if you are a blogger) or you can post what you did at the end of the linky post in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

We will be sharing your ideas on our Virtual Book Club for Kids FB page and Pinterest boards.

Here are a few of the Nick Sharratt books pictured above that we are looking forward to reading and creating with this month…

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?
Pirate Pete
Once Upon a Time
The Foggy, Foggy Forest
Don’t Put Your Finger In The Jelly, Nelly
Pointy-hatted Princesses

Have you decided which one you want to feature?

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too!

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I can’t wait to see which book you choose to feature! Have you made any decisions yet? Don’t forget to come back on October 14th to share the book and activity you chose to do this month!

Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler ApprovedShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

 

Boxcar Diorama Craft {Virtual Chapter Book Club Mystery Link Up}

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Boxcar children diorama craft

Last week we announced our new Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids! In October the Virtual Chapter Book Club will be featuring mysteries! One of the chapter book series that we chose to spotlight are The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

This month we will share how we created a Boxcar Diorama craft to go along with the book! Scroll down for the supplies and full tutorial.

As part of our Virtual Chapter Book Club, each month each participating blogger will spotlight a series or a specific book from a series and share a book related craft or activity that goes along with the series. We will be featuring these posts in the linky below as well as on our pinterest board and Facebook page.

I loved the The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner growing up, so I was excited to introduce them to my children this month! We started with Book 1 and will read as many books as we can throughout October. There are over 100 books in the Boxcar Children series.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children series  begins by introducing the four Boxcar children- Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. Over the course of the first book the orphaned children find themselves a new home and a new grandfather. Our favorite part of the first book is when the children discover the abandoned boxcar during a storm and decide to make it their new home!

As we read the The Boxcar Children and discussed the story and setting details we decided to create our own boxcar *diorama scene! The diorama was fun to add to as we read more of the book.

*A diorama is a 3-D scene in which in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a background.

Supplies: shoebox, glue, colored construction paper, small pasta box, tape, bottle caps, crayons and any other embellishments

Boxcar children dioramaTo create the diorama we started by glueing paper for the grass and sky into the shoebox.

Next we added train tracks with crayon and we created a boxcar using a pasta box, tape, paper, and some bottle caps.

Pasta box boxcar

We left the boxcar unattached so that we could move it around. We also added a lid “stump” in front of the boxcar so that the children could climb into the car.

The last thing we created was the little brook that ran right in front of the boxcar. The kids went outside on a rock hunt and then returned and drew a brook and added some loose rocks to the water.

boxcar children brookAs we continue to read more of the Boxcar Children’s adventures we plan to change and add to our diorama. We may also make some little puppet children to move around so that they can help us retell the story.

Have you read The Boxcar Children Mysteries? Which book is your favorite in the series?

Some of our other favorite mystery themed chapter book series include…

Cam Jansen Book Series by David A. Adler
Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobel

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Make sure to check out the link up below to find some more mystery themed chapter books and activities/crafts. If you have any activity/craft to share inspired by a mystery chapter book, come link up!



Here are our Virtual Chapter Book Club Participating Bloggers this month:

The Educators’ Spin On It
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Play Dr Mom
Coffee Cups and Crayons
KC Edventures with Kids
Kitchen Counter Chronicles

If you want to get our Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter, you can sign up here. The first issue will be sent out soon!

Don’t forget to follow Virtual Book Club for Kids on Pinterest too! Just click on the image below.

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Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler Approved and founder of the Virtual Book Club for KidsShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest