I’m happily now contributing a children’s storybook & activity once a month over at 5 Minutes for Books (they’re a sister site of 5 Minutes for Mom). Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Winter books, Is That You Winter?, along with a snowy activity for the kids. Come on over and play in the […]

Holiday Picture Books for Kids

by Marie on November 18, 2008

Today’s post is dedicated to storytime! These books are perfect for the upcoming Holidays! Here are some great links to websites that share their reviews on a few fun Holiday books. Thanksgiving Holiday Stories What is Thanksgiving by Michelle Medlock Adams, pictured above Check out Stories for Snuggling for some great reviews on fun books […]

My kids love this story, I Don’t Want to Have a Bath by Julie Sykes. We read it this week for storytime. Little tiger doesn’t want to take a bath. How can he be convinced he needs one? To help my kids get in the tub, we made some Foam Bath Toys cut into all […]

Meet Your Local Firefighters

by Marie on September 19, 2008

After reading Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell for storytime, we were able to visit a fire station and learn even more about fire safety. If you call ahead to almost any fire station, they’ll take you on a tour of where they live and what they do. (Some fire stations may prefer to […]

Color Pictures in a Photo Album

by Marie on September 16, 2008

We love looking at photo albums. My son loves to get out his baby book and see how cute he was. It’s fun to look at pictures of personal things. So I thought it would be fun to come up with a personal book of colors using pictures from around our house. Supplies for Color […]

Author Jennifer Ward has been sharing her love of animals and nature in her darling children’s books (some of which I own and love) for nearly ten years. She’s now come out with a new book for grown ups, helping us get outdoors and explore nature with kids. I recently interviewed Jennifer about her love […]

Seashells by the Seashore

by Marie on September 12, 2008

We love to collect seashells each time we go to the beach. Unfortunately, on our last trip to the beach, seashells were scarce. It’s the end of summer and all the beach goers must have scooped them up. We were able to find 2 fairly descent shells and added them to our growing collection. For […]

Ants on a Log

by Marie on August 29, 2008

Ants are interesting little creatures. I know I’ve stepped on my fair share. And especially as of late, as these little bugs have been creeping all around our yard. So to become a little less of an Ant Bully, we decided to to find out more about ants for storytime. Here’s 2 great books about […]

Care Bear Birthday

by Marie on August 26, 2008

For birthday’s, I love to pick party themes and play games and eat cake all centered around a theme. My little girl just turned 3 and for her birthday she chose to have a Care Bear Party. We celebrated with hearts, rainbows, and bears – Cheer Bear is her favorite. And I have to say […]

Back to School Books

by Marie on August 22, 2008

As we’re getting ready and excited for the first day of school (next Monday), we’ve been reading some fun children’s books that talk about school. Here’s a list of fun books for going back to school. Ms. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. The Night […]

Read for a Cause

by Marie on August 15, 2008

Cindy at Skip to My Lou has asked me to guest post a fun storytime and activity over at her blog. She’s celebrating a week of books and getting people excited to read, spreading the word about Read to Feed. So for today‚Äôs storytime, come visit me at Skip to My Lou to see what […]

Make Your Own Kissing Hand

by Marie on August 8, 2008

Today’s storytime is the perfect book to read to a child who may be a little apprehensive about starting school. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is about a young raccoon who doesn’t want to leave home to go to school. His mother gives him a reassuring kiss in his hand that he’ll always have […]

How to Eat Fried Worms

by Marie on August 1, 2008

Don’t worry, this post is not a recipe for Fried Worms! It’s our next Make and Takes Storytime. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell was a delightfully tasty chapter book to read with my 5 year old. Actually it was gross, but he loved it. Billy has made a bet with his friends […]

Feather Duster Puppets

by Marie on July 28, 2008

Every few weeks or so, I walk down the Dollar Store isles looking for crafty magic. With the supplies only costing $1, I’m always able to find something we can make into a craft. You’ll be surprised by what you can think up for all kinds of household items. For today’s craft, we found these […]

Storytime today is brought to us by Guest Make and Taker, Alison from This Wasn’t the Plan. As she’s a mother of boys, Alison knows life can get pretty silly, sort of like Dr. Seuss’s stories. So she’s sharing a classic book from Dr. Seuss with us today, along with a great activity. My four […]

Blooming Garden

by Marie on July 11, 2008

Fresh produce just can’t be beat. Once you’ve tasted a home grown tomato, you’ll never go back. Happily, my garden is doing great this year. We planted peas, tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions. In a week or so when the peas run out, I’ll be planting a zucchini and a pumpkin. I hope to have […]

Fablehaven Fantasy Fair

by Marie on June 13, 2008

In preparation for a local Fantasy Fair and for storytime this week, I read (or mostly read) the book Fablehaven to my son. The vocabulary is more for an older child, so I did my best telling him the story. As some of you may know, I am a Fantasy/Science Fiction geek and have written […]

Hatching Butterflies

by Marie on June 6, 2008

We had fun watching our Caterpillars grow, form their chrysalids, and hatch into beautiful butterflies. The Painted Lady’s were amazing. We cut them fresh flowers and put drops of sugar water on them to drink. Once we let them free, my daughter wanted to get a net and catch them all back, but it was […]

The Boxcar Children

by Marie on May 30, 2008

I am excited for today’s storytime, as it’s brought to you by a Guest Make and Taker. Kris, from Lima Bean Home, has participated in a fun storytime with her children using the book series, The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Here’s Kris and her darling kids sharing their storytime and creative activity. Recently […]

How Many Feet You Meet

by Marie on May 23, 2008

Ever since I was a kid, this week’s storytime book has been a favorite of mine. The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss is a classic. There’s a whole series of these great Beginner Books, including The Nose Book, The Eye Book, The Tooth Book and many many more. As we read about tons and tons […]

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