I did something big this week. I read books for the first time in front of children, 10 of them! Then we all did a craft together. And it went great!
I had so much fun hosting my first Story & Craft event for some lovely kiddos in my local area. I’ve been talking about it for so long, I was nervous! I was excited too though and I couldn’t have done it without my lovely friend Kristen (thanks again, girl!).
We started out by reading The Thank You Dish. Grace and her mama are sharing a meal, along with all the reasons they are thankful for the meal. They’re probably not what you expect (i.e. alpacas)! This sweet story offers an approachable, child-friendly way to talk about the value of community and being thankful for the things we have.
Then it was time to stretch our legs with a little dancing! Have you ever done the Turkey Pokey? I can now say I have! Turn it on this Thanksgiving, I bet you’ll share some laughs with the kiddos.
For our second story, we read a favorite – Too Many Tomatoes. The kids really enjoyed this rhyming story from Eric Ode with its beautiful illustrations! It’s the book I’m reading in the photo up above, I got all giddy when they stood so close, knowing they were really interested. After reading all about sharing the overabundance of tomatoes and the tomato parade, it was craft time!
I have to thank Happy Home Fairy for this simple turkey craft idea. It was so easy and the kids had so much fun. Crafts are a HUGE win in my book when I already have everything I need at home. Go ahead, check your supplies, I bet you could make this today!
I had everything cut out, prepared and set on the table, ready to go because we all know the patience of little ones often runs short. And their turkeys turned out beautiful! My little lady wasn’t in her craftiest mood, so I helped her along, but I loved that this craft worked well for a mix of ages.
I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, happiness, laughs, and maybe a little crafting with books. If you’re local to Cleveland, Ohio, get ready – we’re coming to you again in December! Future Story & Craft events will always be posted on my Facebook page: Jaime’s Book Corner