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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

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Christmas Eve Surprise Box

What are your family traditions around Christmas? We are just beginning to form a few with our new family and I’m definitely looking for some fun ideas.

We do have one that we’ve already confirmed will continue on every year! I’ve always felt it’s fun to have a gift or two to open on Christmas Eve. We open our Christmas PJs so we can get all cozy and ready to be surrounded by love and family on Christmas day. For our daughter’s first Christmas, we, of course, included a book in her Christmas Eve box.

This year, we’re adding in a little extra magic that I want to share with you as well.

Introducing…our Christmas Eve Surprise Box🎄📦

Christmas Eve Surprise Box from Jaime's Book Corner

Santa has done all the work for you! It will come wrapped and ready to go, straight from the North Pole, featuring 2 books – our “flashlight” Secrets of Winter and a Christmas activity book of your choice to keep your kiddos busy and calm on Christmas Eve. Plus a “Nice List” certificate to help put their minds at ease that their stockings will be full of more than coal. Oh and how about some reindeer food to sprinkle around to help Santa find your home on Christmas Eve?

If you’re interested in bringing a little extra magic of a Christmas Eve Surprise Box to your home this year, please place your order here: https://goo.gl/forms/8Yd37DMtnxMoIbB32 All orders must be placed by Saturday night, December 8, 2018 at midnight to get yours in time for the big day!!! 🎁

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The Holiday Gift Guide every book corner needs!

Gift giving is HARD! Okay, sometimes I get lucky and think up the perfect gift for a person…in enough time to actually purchase it to exchange. But let’s be honest, that’s rare, and most of the time, I find myself last-minute googling, “what to get for _____ (aunt, best friend, new mom, etc) for Christmas”. So this year, I’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to give the gift of literacy.

Holiday Gift Guide for All Your Book Lover's Needs! - from Jaime's Book Corner

Enter…The Holiday Gift Guide! Find your reader’s interest (from newborn to young at heart, all readers are included here) and click on the image to see more about the books pictured. Then pick the book(s) that look perfect to you! I am always here to help if you have any questions. Don’t forget, hearing what your readers think of their books makes my day!

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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

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur

I’ll be completely honest with you, I didn’t see the allure of I’m a Dirty Dinosaur at first. Well, apparently Ava was just a little too young when we first read it because now she LOVES it! And of course, that means I love it too.

She smiles so big and dances side to side along with the sing-song words. I’m a Dirty Dinosaur has fun illustrations made from real mud and exciting action words in the story kids can even play out, like stomp, stomp, stomp!

This is now one of our favorite read-alouds that we own and it always comes down from the shelf when Ava’s wearing her dino PJs. We ended up reading it 3 times in a row last week!

We will probably have the follow-up book, I’m a Hungry Dinosaur, in our collection sooner than later.

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