I love making Valentine’s cards for my kids’ preschool classes. And this year my goal was to avoid giving out candy. Preschoolers only need so many suckers, mini bags of m&ms, conversation hearts, etc.
Here is what I came up with for our 2013 Valentine cards. (please excuse the poor quality, cell phone photo. I really should just buy a new camera since ours has been missing since Aug 2012)
I found the mini tubes of bubbles and the pink polka dot paper tape at Target. I must admit, this was my first time using paper tape/ washi tape. LOVE it!!
To see our 2012 Valentine cards, click here.
Happy Valentine’s Day! xo
Hibernation Station is a charming (yet fictitious) picture book with delightful, rhyming text written by Michelle Meadows. Kurt Cyrus is the illustrator of the large, colorful, and fairly realistic illustrations.
Bears, hedgehogs, frogs, and other forest animals clad in cozy pajamas board a train made of hollowed logs for a long winter’s slumber. Snoring roommates, cramped quarters, leaky train cars, and other issues prevent the animals from falling asleep. However, the bears in the railroad caps are there to help. Will the animals ever fall asleep for their long ride through Winter?
I highly recommend adding this book to your collection! It has quickly become one of my children’s favorite bedtime books
Buy the book here: Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
STUCK is written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. It’s a silly book about a little boy named Floyd that gets his kite stuck in a tree. As he attempts to knock the kite free, Floyd ends up getting all sorts of other things stuck as well. Everything from a ladder to a whale to a firetruck & firemen.
We have checked out STUCK from the public library a few times because the kids love it. And I enjoy reading it to them over and over again. It’s such a fun read. (the illustrations are great too!) However, other parents have stated that Floyd should have simply climbed the ladder to retrieve his kite. Well, how logical. That does make perfect sense. However, my children wouldn’t be rolling with laughter if that was the story. Instead, they love turning the pages to see what wacky, absurd object Floyd will throw into the tree next.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy hearing your children giggle.
To purchase, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
** I apparently do not know the ins & outs of blogging. I wrote this week’s “What we’re reading Wednesday” late Monday evening. And, I thought I set it up to post/ publish on the morning of Wed, Jan 9. No such luck. I just realized (on Friday afternoon) that it never posted. Anyway, here it is. Better late than never. **
Harper and I discovered the book “LMNO Peas” at the public library’s toddler story time. If you know my almost 3-year-old daughter, you know she’s very active. However, she sat perfectly still and never took her eyes off the book or the librarian that was reading aloud. Apparently, she loved it. So we checked out the book and took it home to share with Lincoln. He loved it too. It’s now on our “books to own” wishlist.
“LMNO Peas” by Keith Baker is an alphabet book, but not the typical ‘A is for apple, Z is for Zebra’ type book. Instead of listing objects that begin with each letter, “LMNO Peas” features vibrant and whimsical illustrations of little green peas (with faces, arms, and legs) acting out various occupations and hobbies that begin with each letter. The lines describing the peas rhyme and just seem to roll off my tongue.
My personal favorite page: K. It says “some of us are kings” along with an illustration of a royal king in a castle and an Elvis “king” pea. So clever! Lincoln’s favorite page: U. The “underwater diver” peas splash in the water inside the ‘U’ shape. Harper loves the circus clown on the letter C page. We may have our favorites, but we really love all of those adorable little peas.
To purchase “LMNO Peas” …. go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
My children and I LOVE books. We enjoy discovering new characters and stories. So, I’m going to start a weekly post featuring one of our favorite reads from the week.
Last night, we read an amazing bedtime book that Harper received for Christmas. “Little Owl’s Night” by Divya Srinivasan is a wonderful story about nighttime. Unlike so many other Children’s books about the night, the focus is not on going to sleep. Rather, Little Owl shares the wonders of the nocturnal world.
“Little Owl’s Night” is beautifully illustrated. All of the woodland animals are delightful in their after-dark settings. My children loved the illustrations so much that we downloaded desktop wallpaper from http://www.pupae.com/littleowlsnight/funstuff.html
We hope you enjoy “Little Owl’s Night” as much as we do!
Order from: Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
Homemade play dough is always a hit at our house. Lincoln loves to help me make it… measuring the ingredients, pouring them into a bowl, and stirring. Then, Harper and Lincoln both love to play with the play dough once it’s cooled. So, I was excited to try the Homemade Jello Play Dough recipe that I found on Pinterest. (I just happened to find expired strawberry jello when cleaning out the pantry a couple days ago.)
Today is the birthday of one of my favorite authors…. Dr. Seuss. Our preschool class threw him a fun birthday celebration. The Cat in the Hat (my lead teacher, Mrs Wielege) cooked green eggs and ham.
The students made Cat in the Hat style party hats earlier this week. We also had laminated placemats for the students to take home as their party favors.
The students really liked green eggs and ham. They liked them about as much as Sam, I am!
What a fun birthday party! But Dr. Seuss gave us an amazing gift… his books!
Which Seuss book is your favorite?