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Mess-Free Painting to Music: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

Mess-Free Painting to Music: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

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I was inspired by the fun, lyrical text by Jill Barber and gorgeous illustrations by Sydney Smith in Music is For Everyone to create an activity this month that also combined art and music for our Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club. This activity encourages the children to explore the musical genres in the book further and they end up with a unique piece of art! Bonus, it's a mess-free activity so kids of all ages (and, yes, you parents will probably want a turn too!) can enjoy it.

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Cooking with children from a young age can help them learn basic counting and reading skills, grasp the concept of following directions, develop their fine motor skills, and, the thing most parents are focused on around food at that age, encourage an adventurous palate.

Buuuutt... I KNOW, it's also a lot of work to cook with a preschooler. Trust me, I get it. I know the idea of allowing them "help" can seem like it will take too much time. I've discovered, however, that if you plan ahead a bit and go into it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for both of you.

Helping Children Process Grief Through Reading: Author Q&A

Helping Children Process Grief Through Reading: Author Q&A

Grief is a complex process for adults to go through, and even more so for children . . . and being an adult trying to teach children about how to handle their grief? Well, most of us don't even know where to begin. For me, this is when I turn to books and local author Angela Campagnoni's picture book, I Want to See my Papa, deals with this very issue is a sensitive and gentle manner.

All About My Grandmother Project: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

All About My Grandmother Project: Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club

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The book My Two Grandmothers, published by Nimbus Publishing, tells the tale of two grandmas who are unique from each other in almost every way. One grandmother is Acadian, the other is Scottish; their traditions are different, their grandparenting style is different, even the words they use to describe things are different. One thing about them is exactly the same, however, and that is the love for their grandchildren.

Reading this book will naturally lead to conversations about your child's grandmother - noticing similarities with one of the grandmothers in the book, or noticing a big difference between them. Use these discussions to set up the book extension activity (and free printable you can download!) that we've created for My Two Grandmothers.

Valentine Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Valentine Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Holidays are always a wonderful time to take a simple learning activity and turn it into a fun, themed game. We made this literacy game a few years ago and it still gets pulled out with our Valentines decorations each year and ignites new enthusiasm every time. Plus, as is my way, it's super simple to create and play (and cheap!).

Valentines for Veterans

Valentines for Veterans

Valentines for Veterans is a special way to help your children show their appreciation for some important members of our community. 

The purpose of the program is to have community members send a Valentine to a Veteran to show our appreciation and thanks for their sacrifices, but it's also a great opportunity to take those conversations we had on Remembrance Day and put them into something more concrete and give some love to others in our community.