Even the simplest ideas can make lots of fun art projects for young children. Doodle and Draw, Spots, Stripes and Squiggles from Parragon books has 128 pages full of these simple ideas and prompts which can be filled in within the book or used as inspiration for more artworks of your own so that the creativity can continue even when the book is full.
R and I used one of the pages of the book as a prompt to make these handprint pattern pictures.
We’re always looking for new and interesting stories to read at bed time. An Elephant for Breakfast was a great choice for my children and kept them really gripped each night, especially Z who is 6 years old.
An Elephant for Breakfast is the story of two families of cousins living in the same street. Each year they receive a surprise gift from their uncle Cosmo in Africa, but this year’s gift leads to a lot more adventure and danger than they expected! As the story goes on, they find themselves stuck in the middle of an ivory smuggling plot and it leads children to reflect on the issues of the ivory trade – which is not something that my boys were even aware of before, so it does give a little food for thought.
100 Family Adventures is a great book to inspire a fun and active outdoors family life. It is written by the Meek family, and includes activities that they have tried and tested themselves with their two children age 8 and 10.
Every year The Reading Agency sets a Summer reading challenge for children with a list of recommend books. This is a great idea to get children excited about reading, and since we have World Book Day this week I thought it’s the perfect time to share these lists with you.
I know my children enjoy ticking things off a list, so preparing a book list for them to tick off throughout Summer would definitely motivate them. Or you can simply use these lists for some inspiration of new books to buy, or check out of the library.
World Book Day, or book week in some schools, is just around the corner and normally this includes the task of dressing up for the day in a book character costume. If you’re looking for some more inspiration for this years world book day costume ideas, then hopefully this collection can give you some help.
Many of these ideas are no sew and easy to make, so hopefully you can find something that works with the materials you already have on hand at home. I know I usually end up pulling together a costume at the last minute – so easy is always a good thing!
Today I have an exciting giveaway for the book lovers amongst us. One reader will have the chance to win a signed copy of Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle. There is always something more special about a copy that has been signed by the author, so this would be something to cherish.
This giveaway is thanks to Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour (organised by Scottish Book Trust). The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour takes the very best UK and international authors directly into schools across Scotland and the UK to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration – something which is so important for the next generation.
Last November the fantastic young adult author Phil Earle visited secondary schools in Falkirk, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire. Phil’s award-winning novels which include; The Bubble Wrap Boy, Being Billy and Saving Daisy are inspired by real stories and real people.
Colouring is not just for kids. Most of us encourage our little ones to draw and colour as a relaxing quiet time activity, and it can have the same relaxing effect on adults. I’ve always loved this idea and find it a really calming pass time. It’s the perfect stress relief.
As grown-up colouring books are becoming more and more popular, I have some colouring book recommendations to share with you along with some printable colouring sheets so that you can sample them for yourself. In addition, more and more adult students are ordering professional paperwork at the UK Assignment Geek in addition to colouring books, they receive excellent help with their custom thesis work and assignments. If you send in a picture of your colored page, you’ll also have the chance to win one of the books so that you can enjoy even more colouring! (open worldwide)
How big is Allah? This type of question can be difficult for adults to understand and answer, let alone young children who are just starting to understand the concept of God.
This Islamic children’s book by Emma Apple of Muslima’s Oasis deals with this question by getting children to reflect on the enormity and vastness of Allah’s creation – focusing on the entire universe.
It’s DAY 16 of our Advent giveaways and today’s prize is a witty book for young children, “The First Hippo on the Moon” by David Walliams.
See here for our full list of advent giveaways – why not book mark the page so that you can check back every day! You can still go back and enter if there is anything that you have missed along the way.
We’re taking part in the 10 days of Kid Made Christmas over at Mama Miss, and this year our inspiration is all about children’s books. This is of course a topic that we love! Making crafts inspired by books is a great way to bring two of our favourite activities together, and for our project we decided to return to a book that we’ve covered here before with some other How to Catch a Star activities, and go for a How to Catch a Star inspired Christmas display.
I love how the star illustrations in this book are all very non-symmetrical, and even a little wonky (in a good way of course). This makes it perfect for a kid made decoration, since my kids free hand stars looks pretty similar to the quirky lopsided stars that you see in the book!
The idea that we used is super simple, so that young kids can make these with very minimal help. (My boys are 3, 4 and 6). Using cardboard tubes, paint, shiny card, a pencil, scissors and tape they made this star display.
How to make this How to Catch a Star display
1. Let the kids draw their own stars with pencil on the back of some shiny card (so that they can use this as a guide for cutting). If the stars are uneven or non symmetrical that is fine. We decided not to use templates so that we could get more of this free-hand look in the style of the book.
2. Carefully cut them out. Toddlers may need some help.
3. Cut your cardboard tubes into all different heights. We used kitchen rolls for this since they give more height, and chopped some to make the shorter ones, but you could use a mix of kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes, and posting tubes for even bigger ones!
You might want to paint your tubes first. We did this afterwards because we didn’t want to have to wait for them to dry in the middle, but that means you do need to be careful of the stars when painting. So decide whichever way is best!
4. Then, stick the stars on to the top of each tube. We used tape and stuck a piece going from the back of the star down into the inside of the tube. Bigger stars also needed a bit of double sided tape on the back of their lower point to stick more firmly to the front of the tube. You can also use glue if you prefer, but my kids love tape and I find it sticks things on more firmly unless you’re using hot glue.
Once all the stars were stuck down the boys had a little play with them and spent a few minutes arranging them into height order and building towers with them before we painted.
After painting, we left them to dry over night.
Then displayed them next to our fireplace.
The blue tubes are supposed to represent the sky, so the stars are being held up there in the sky! I think the end result came out pretty cute, and I love the personality of all their different stars, especially some that don’t even look that much like stars but that’s the beauty of kid made and free hand drawing by toddlers 😀
Even though How to Catch a Star is not strictly a Christmas book, with the star theme I felt like it worked perfectly, but you could still enjoy this craft all year round.
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It’s fantastic to see World Book Day grow year on year, teaching children about the joys of reading in a fun and playful way and getting them to engage with characters and literature is an amazing idea and it’s fantastic it has become so successful here in the UK. Truly highlighting the joys of reading […]