Story & Craft Activities

I Want to be a Lion Tamer Story & Craft

Are you as scared as I am when you hear the words “toddler” and “paint” in the same sentence? Well, I decided to give it a try! And I’m glad I did…with fork painting! Such a simple concept, right? Take a fork and dip it in paint. A fork is easy for little ones to hold and just maybe it controls the mess a little. The options to create are endless! I think a fork painting tree might be in our near feature.

Today though, we have to thank Crafty Morning for our lion craft. It was so simple and only a few supplies were needed – my favorite kind of craft!

I Want to Be a Lion Tamer Story and Craft from Jaime's Book Corner

Every time I attempt crafts with my little lady, I make sure I have everything cut out and set up before it’s go time. That way I can be relaxed and focused on having fun, even though there is sure to be some mess.

 

 

She had fun and so did I! I actually let her go at it with hers while I made my own lion. Being strapped into the high chair might have made that possible.

After clean up, it was story time! Here’s a look inside I Want to Be a Lion Tamer:

If you make this craft or love this book, it would make my day to hear about it! Feel free to share in the comments.

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M is for Mouse – Craft and Story Activity

I have to thank our local Children’s Museum for our story and craft idea yesterday!

M is for Mouse - Craft & Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

We made a mouse out of the Letter M. How cute, right?

I immediately thought of our fun book There’s a mouse about the house! and knew Ava and I would read it before nap time at home.

This was our first read-through and it really is a fun book! It’s interactive, allowing children to move the mouse through the book along with the story of the mouse trying to find some dinner. Ava is almost 2 years old, so I did help her with the mouse some, but she certainly understood the concept.

As is the case with many of our Usborne & Kane Miller books, I imagine you won’t be too surprised to find that There’s a mouse about the house! has some educational perks too. Moving the mouse teaches fine motor skills, the dotted lines to follow help encourage early writing skills, and the mouse always moves from left to reach, an important thing to learn with early reading skills. This book also helps children learn to turn one page at a time.  If they turn a few pages at once, the mouse won’t be there.

Here’s our mouse that we brought home. Ava is starting to get better with crafts that involve glue, but any tips for teaching kids to use scissors? That’s definitely new for us!

M is for Mouse - Craft and Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

Story & Craft Activities

Thanksgiving Story & Craft

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!

Thanksgiving Story & Craft with Jaime's Book Corner

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!).

Thanksgiving Story and Craft with Jaime's Book Corner

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!

Easy Turkey Craft from Happy Home Fairy

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.

Thanksgiving Story & Craft with Jaime's Book Corner

Thanksgiving Story & Craft with Jaime's Book Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft from Happy Home Fairy

Story & Craft Activities

Dinosaur Story Time & Craft

So as I mentioned last time, I have tons of new projects swirling around inside my brain. My head is spinning a bit!

First project: Dinosaur Story Time w/ Make & Take Craft! It was the perfect opportunity last Friday to have the first trial run with our little lady.

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Aren’t dinosaurs the rage right now? Boys, girls, toddlers, elementary children – it seems kids everywhere can’t get enough of dinos! Or maybe this dinosaur obsession is nothing new? I’m far from the expert. As a first-time mama, I learn something every day!

Either way, the interest in dinosaurs is definitely there now! Usborne carries over 30 dinosaur books currently, with new ones constantly being released. We for sure have a Dinosaurs Shine-a-Light coming out soon, I imagine that’s going to be a HUGE seller (update – it’s out & yes, big seller, especially at booths)!

So enough talk, let’s get to the activity! I find so many great craft ideas for 2-3 year-olds browsing around Pinterest. Ava isn’t quite ready for those, but I still want to have fun with her, so every now and then, I get a spark of creativity. I came across the idea of using tissue paper and contact paper as a sit still toddler activity, so I figured why not take it a step further and make dinosaurs??

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We also read part of Nibbles The Dinosaur Guide. She wouldn’t sit still long enough for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. Maybe next time!

What do you think? Is this an activity your kiddo would enjoy? If so, I’m planning a local make & take event for this summer!