Do those three words inspire fear in you?
Or do they have you rubbing your hands gleefully together at the thought of all the hot-glue-gun-action that’s about to take place?
Unfortunately at my school, only the Infants kids get to parade. So during the Book Week Parade, I’ll be valiantly trying to get my class to concentrate whilst the fabulous costumes are paraded in the quadrangle right outside our classroom. (Wish me luck.)
So I’m going to have to live vicariously through all of your dressing-up efforts. (By “your” I totally mean “your kids.”)
Here’s a collection of bookishly delightful costumes ideas for the kids to parade in this Book Week.
Picture books are perfect conversation starters.
They provide a safe and comforting way for children to discuss some of the big issues and emotions filling their worlds.
Here are 8 picture books about anxiety and worrying that deal with this topic in beautifully sensitive ways.
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This post was initially titled “9 Rhyming Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.”
I quickly realised that I could not narrow the list down to 9.
Every home library needs to contain a variety of rhyming books. Why?
Excuse me while I put on my Teacher Hat. (more…)
What do you do with the picture books that are beyond being well-loved?
You know the ones- often not attached to their covers, pages missing, battered and torn…
My book-loving heart can’t bear to throw them out.
Here’s a way to extend their life by turning them into paper beads.
This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book “Draw Me a Star.” We then created tissue paper stars to make a wall hanging.
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What you will need:
We used standard old tissue paper from the Dollar Shop.
We painted with acrylics mixed with a few drops of water.
Use a variety of paintbrushes to get varied strokes on your tissue paper,
This is a fun, messy activity.
Lay cardboard under your tissue paper before you begin painting.
Eric Carle recommends lifting the tissue paper up off the cardboard regularly. This stops the tissue paper from sticking to the surface.
I had visions that the tissue paper would tear and fall apart. If your paint is diluted slightly with water, it’s surprising how well it takes to the paper. I did this activity with my almost-3-year-old and the tissue paper (mostly) withstood her “vigorous” painting. She did need to be reminded to take gentle strokes.
We did four lots of colours before we put the tissue paper aside to dry.
Make sure you have somewhere to lay it flat.
We kept adding layers of colour over the next few days.
Once your painted tissue paper has dried, you’ll need craft glue, a paintbrush to apply it with and some thick cardboard. This was some packaging from a parcel. We drew stars based on the diagrams at the back of “Draw Me a Star.”Cut the stars out and cover them in glue.
Place glue-side down onto unpainted side of tissue paper.
Cut the star out.
We then used scraps from our other tissue paper paintings and layered up our stars.
I’ve been holding onto this branch for ages, waiting for the right craft project to come along.
(Hands up if you also hoard craft supplies waiting for the right project to manifest itself?!)
We painted it and strung wool back and forth.
I used sellotape to secure the stars to the wool.
Our painted tissue paper masterpiece now sits in our entrance way.
We had a few stars left over which will be used as gift wrap decorations. (So if your birthday is coming up soon, you have been warned!)