Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Toddler Book plus Activities: Bear Wants More

Sweet Turtle Soup - Toddler Book plus Activities: Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
One of our favorite set of books is the 'Bear' books by Karma Wilson. We got our first one "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" during, you guessed it, Christmas last year. And since then we've borrowed every single one that our library has in stock.

"Bear Wants More" is one of our faves from the bunch. So, we had ourselves a Bear kind of week.

Here are five activities that go along with "Bear Wants More":

Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
I found this idea on pinterest. You take a small box. Paint and decorate it like a bear. Cut a hole for his mouth. And then while you are reading the book have your kid draw (or scribble) pictures for each of the things that bear eats - fresh shoots, strawberries, clover, fish, and honey cakes. Then you feed your bear each piece of paper and he gets full. 
Since Aria isn't beyond the just scribble stage yet I gave her crayon colors that matched with the food item - reds and pinks for strawberries for example. Then for the fish and honey cakes I drew fish shapes and circles for her to color in, only because she asked me to color with her though.
This is the only activity that is specific to "Bear Wants More". The following four can be combined with any of the other 'Bear' books - unless one doesn't mention honey cakes, but as far as I can tell they all do.

Make honey cakes, baking with toddlers
I thought about making chocolate chip cookies, because in the book they look just like chocolate chip cookies. So you could always go that route, but I ended up finding a honey oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips recipe that we made. 
I'm not a fan of oatmeal cookies in general but I liked these well enough. However, the raw dough was delicious - I licked the spoon and the bowl clean. Aria devoured hers (and I saved her one more for later) and then I sent the rest off to work with Chris.

B is for Bear, hand print crafts
I know the details are a little small, but isn't that the sweetest hand print bear you've ever seen? Originally I was going to draw a B and then add ears, face, and tail like a bear for Aria to color in, but a quick visit to pinterest and I found bear hand prints - sold!
Big B little b, what begins with b...

Bear tracks activityBear tracks activity
I saw this done on the bottom of flip flops and thought it was a terribly cute idea. Instead of flip flops I just cut out a bear track shape from cheap sponges (I needed 2) and hot glued them to a piece of cardboard. 
I wanted to add a handle or grasp of some sort to the back of the cardboard but couldn't think of anything. Aria kept getting her hands all painted green when she would pick up the cardboard to make a new on track. Any ideas on a handle that I could hot glue to cardboard?

Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
This one worked itself out when I discovered that we had a bear shaped cookie cutter in our cookie cutter stash. Along with a cow head and rooster...in case you were wondering. 
Aria and I whipped up a batch of salt dough - 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup water. We rolled it out and then cut out bear shapes. We got 5 bears before the cookie cutter broke in half (it was rather old), and so I held it together to press out two more bears before it crumbled into even more pieces that I promptly tossed in the trash. 7 bears is better than no bears! They spent about 4 hours in the oven at 200 being flipped every hour to dry out. The next day we painted them with regular ol' tempera paint, which isn't the best on salt dough but we just used what we had.
We are all set for Christmas now with our bear shaped ornaments!

There you have it, 5 activities that go with "Bear Wants More" by Karma Wilson.

What are your favorite toddler books that lend themselves well to activities? 

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For 5 activities that go along with "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" click here!
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Don't forget to join us this summer with a Summer Reading Challenge - 12 weeks, 12 books. Ready, set, read!
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge - Announcement!

We are big fans of reading around here. The whole family - although mom is woefully behind on her 2015 reading challenge, oops. It is also something we want to continuously nourish in Aria. We are constantly at the library bringing home a new huge stack of books, and we read every single day.  I was so pleased when Aria started to show an interest in being read to. I had so hoped it would be something she would love as much as I do.

That being said Stephanie, Elizabeth and I came up with a Summer Reading Challenge for the kiddos. Nothing high maintenance, but a fun way to mimic summer reading programs that start up once you get in school. Sometimes we could all use a little motivation to go out and find new books.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Summer Reading Challenge - Announcement!
The challenge is 12 weeks long with the goal being a new book every week - it runs from June 1st to August 20th. Every three weeks there will be a link up to share how the challenge is going, which new books you've been reading, how you've liked them, and any activities you came up with to go along with them, etc etc. The link up dates are: June 18th, July 9th, July 30th, and August 20th.

You can snag the graphic below to keep track of your progress - and who doesn't enjoy checking off things from a list.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Summer Reading Challenge - Announcement!
We've even come up with some themes that you can pick from to add a little bit more fun to the challenge each week. You absolutely do not have to pick books based on these themes or any themes at all. It is just an extra little something to add to your reading goals if you so choose.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Summer Reading Challenge - Announcement!
And, at the end of it all there will be a 'hooray you've completed the challenge' giveaway! A little something for mom and a little something for kiddo - you just need to have joined in on the Summer Reading Challenge and linked up at least once to be eligible.

That is all there is to it. We'd love for you to read with us this summer. I for one am always looking for another good book. Happy reading!

Sweet Turtle Soup

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sweet Sunday

May 17th - 23rd
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Technically this one is from a few weeks ago. I just accidentally saved it in the wrong folder and it never made it to the correct Sweet Sunday post. So I'm slipping it in today!
Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Look it's a bird!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Shapes and bright colors at the playground.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
She's just picking out our new outdoor furniture. I hope she has enough in her piggy bank...

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
Playing ball in the house! Mom almost knocked over a lamp. Life lessons.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
She's trying to see our buddy Eddie the snake. He stops by every now and again, like Manny the visiting armadillo. Last time we saw him he had a tail wound, like perhaps somebody tried to chop him in two. Poor guy.  He isn't venomous so we leave him alone.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Sweet Sunday
I'm not quite sure why the local zoo's butterfly exhibit has medieval costumes, but Aria was a big fan. She really really really wanted to take home the large dragon egg she found in the pile of accessories.

Have a sweet Memorial Holiday!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date

Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date
Another check on our Spring Bucket List and only 4 items left to go. I guess Summer really is coming. Lovely. Good thing there is ice cream to cool down with. We were on our way home when we decided to detour to Cold Stone for an ice cream date. Aria even picked her own flavor this time. Strawberry. Mommy suggested the sprinkles. You can't go wrong with sprinkles.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date, Cold Stone
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date, Cold Stone
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date, Cold Stone
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date, Cold Stone
Sweet Turtle Soup: Spring Bucket List - Ice Cream Date
For the rest of our Spring Bucket List click here!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's the Little Things: A Favorite Song

Sweet Turtle Soup - It's the Little Things: A Favorite Song
I've been trying to catch Aria singing on video for the longest of times. Ba Ba Black Sheep happens to be the only song she will sing. So, I told her she should sing it to the baby lizards. Apparently speed singing is how lizards enjoy their songs. Check it out below.

Linking up with Jess at Sadie Sky Boutique:
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