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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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!