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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

Pumpkin Book-Inspired Crafts & Activities

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

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My three-year-old is participating in a children’s book themed co-op preschool this year. In October I am the teacher and I am planning on sharing several of my favorite Halloween books with my little students. I have been collecting many ideas on my Halloween pinterest board and am excited to share some of them with you!

This week I am sharing five favorite pumpkin themed books along with several pumpkin crafts and activities.

These are great ideas to use if you are hosting a pumpkin-themed playdate or talking about pumpkins at preschool!

Click on each of the books below to read a short description. All of these books are ones that I’ve read with older toddlers and preschoolers on up!

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

Here are several pumpkin book-inspired crafts and activities that you can try out…

pumpkin crafts and activities

Click on the links below to find the detailed tutorials for each craft or activity.

Make a Baby’s Pumpkin Story Box via The Good Long Road

Fingerpaint Great Pumpkins via 3 Dinosaurs

Littlest Pumpkin Name Craft via Fantastic Fun and Learning

5 Little Pumpkins Printing with Pool Noodles via Toddler Approved

Decorate Pumpkins via Mommy and Me Book Club

Make Pumpkin Bar Pumpkins via Toddler Approved

Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play via Teach Preschool

Puffy Paint Pumpkins via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Create Pumpkin Rocks via Inspiration Laboratories

Have some Pumpkin Gross Motor Fun via The Pleasantest Thing

Make a Pumpkin Scarecrow via Toddler Approved

Spin Art Pumpkins via Rainy Day Mum

Have you read any of these books? Have you done any pumpkin themed crafts or activities that could also be used when exploring these pumpkin-themed books? Come share any links in the comments or on our VBC Facebook Wall.

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

Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved: This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
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We have a really exciting announcement to make today!

In addition to our usual monthly Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring picture books, we are starting a Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids!

This new Virtual Chapter Book Club project will feature a new theme and chapter book series each month! We are hoping that this will be a fun new way to get more kids of all ages reading, creating, and connecting with books all year long!

We’d love to invite you to join in! Keep reading to see how.

Here are our 2013-2014 themes …

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In addition to focusing on a theme each month, we will be sharing a new series of chapter books each month related to the theme. Here are a few of the series that will be spotlighted. Some bloggers will spotlight different series as well.

Virtual Book Club for Kids Series Titles

October – The Boxcar Children
November – Whatever After Series
Decemeber –Holiday Chapter Books
January – Magic School Bus Chapter Books
February – American Girl Series
March – Babymouse
April – Geranimo Stilton
May – DK Eyewitness Chapter Books
June – Matt Christopher Sports Biographies
July – Cam Jansen
August – Magic Tree House

Here’s how our Virtual Chapter Book Club is going to work…

1. At the beginning of each month we will spotlight the new theme and a chapter book series that relates to the theme. We’ll share some details about the books we are choosing and we’ll pick a book or two or three in the series to read during the month.

2. During the month we will read the book(s) and do some book related crafts or activities.

3. On the first Tuesday of the month indicated above we will share about the books we read and post the book related crafts and/or activities that we did (for example on Oct 1st we will share our first post about mysteries).

4. Lastly we’ll add a link up to the bottom of our blog post so that if you are a blogger you can join in and share what book-related crafts and activities you did with your kids!

If you aren’t a blogger you can still participate by sharing your ideas on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook wall or in the comments of this post.

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

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

Do you have a child who is reading chapter books who would enjoy joining our Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids? Will you be joining in? Let us know in the comments!

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 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

10 Book-inspired Fall Crafts and Activities

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10 lois ehlert fall crafts and activities

Last Fall we featured several Lois Ehlert books as part of Virtual Book Club for Kids. I loved these four books displayed above because they inspired so many amazing Fall activities!

Click on each link below to read descriptions of each book and then scroll down to check out the Fall crafts and activities that several of our Virtual Book Club for Kids participants shared.

Fall Lois Ehlert Books to read…

Leaf Man

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Nuts to You!

Boo to You!

Here are 10 book-inspired Fall crafts and activities…

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Each of the activities shared below were inspired with one of the four Lois Ehlert books mentioned above. Have you read any of the books? Have you tried any of these activities?

Leaf Rubbings via Land of  Once Upon a Time

Red Leaf Yellow Leaf sensory bin via Stir the Wonder

Literacy Leaf Collecting via Growing Book By Book

Making Leaf people via Playing with Words 365

Yarn Tree via 3 Dinosaurs

Textured Pumpkin Patch via KC Adventures

Acorn Stained Glass Window via Toddler Approved

Acorn Painting via Ready-Set-Read

Acorn Sensory Shakers via Teach Preschool

Fall Acorn Sticky Wall via Toddler Approved

Do you have a Lois Ehlert book-inspired craft or activity you could share with us?

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