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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Activities, Story & Craft Activities

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

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!