We are also big fans of books plus activities. Last week was a Moose Muffin kind of week.
Here are five activities we did that go along with 'If You Give a Moose a Muffin'.
Making muffins was the first that came to mind, and Aria loves to help me bake. I had a hankering for blueberry muffins, so blueberry moose muffins it was. This Buttery Blueberry Streusel Muffin from Sally's Baking Addiction is one of my absolute favorites - perfectly soft and delicious. Aria even ate every crumb and asked for another. That certainly doesn't happen all that often.
A non-edible muffin idea - matching muffin bottoms and tops. You can customize this one in all sorts of ways, but I went with the simplest of alphabet matching. I only give Aria a few at a time so as to not overwhelm her.
I made the muffins from construction paper. I layered the different colors I had on hand and then cut out 5 or so muffin halves instead of cutting out 26 individually. I stapled the paper together to keep them from sliding while I cut. Quick and easy.
I came across this one on pinterest while looking to see what other Moose Muffin ideas were out there. Cute right? He has a couple jingle bells I had leftover from Christmas inside of him.
You take two dixie cups, let your kid paint them, and then let dry. Hot glue the cups together with some sort of noise making bits inside - I had jingle bells, you could use rice or beans etc. Add eyes and a nose. And, for the antlers I used foam pumpkins I had leftover from Halloween and just cut out antler shapes. I used a knife to slice open little slits for the antlers to slide in, squeezed a blob of hot glue on the opening and shoved the antlers in a little ways.
The hot glue looks a little wonky in the center, but it is a kid's moose shaker. There is no need to strive for perfection. Just fun!
Aria's favorite craft is painting. And my favorite painting craft involves hand prints and foot prints! I have a reindeer like this from Christmas, so I figured I would just make it a moose by adding hands. I think this might be Aria's favorite of the Moose Muffin activities. She loves comparing her hands to the prints she made, which is what she is doing in the second picture - 'that's my footie mama'.
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I'm sorry I didn't just give you moose sock puppet nightmares, did I?
In the book moose makes sock puppets. So, we made sock puppets. Mostly mama made a sock puppet while Aria tried on the other pairs of socks that came with the brown sock I bought. The buttons we had lying around. The antlers are made from felt and a popsicle stick glued to the back so they don't look like dog ears.
There you have it...5 Activities to go with 'If You Give a Moose a Muffin' by Laura Numeroff!
What are your favorite toddler books that lend themselves well to activities?
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