Sunday, March 20, 2016

Books That Will Make Your Kids Giggle

I love to read books with my 5 year old.  We visit the library about once every 2-3 weeks and usually borrow about 25 books at a time.  We've been doing this for about 2 years and over the course of this time I've seen how my daughter has evolved from the board book section to the non board book section.  She's learning to look at her book choices in a different way and it's really fun to watch how she decides on whether a book is to her liking or not.

We've read many books, some that bring smiles, laughter, tears and sleepy eyes.  For bedtime reading I try and choose books that have a more calming tone to them.  Here are a list of our favorite bedtime stories.

I love watching my daughter as I read to her and her reaction to the story.  I especially love the stories that make her giggle or out right laugh.  Here is a list of books that we have read that might make your little ones giggle too!

Bark, George

Knuffle Bunny

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

The Duckling Gets a Cookie

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

Peanut Butter & Cupcake

These are just a few of our favorite 'giggle' books.  Mo Willems especially has a line of not just funny but hilarious books guaranteed to make your little ones laugh.

I hope you enjoy our favorites as much as we do!  Happy reading!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

First Signs of Spring

This is such a wonderful time of the year.  As the long cold days of winter begin to end we start to get outside more, enjoying warmer weather and witnessing the first signs of spring.

We live in the Northeast and this time of year is very welcome!  We take advantage of this weather by heading outdoors and searching for the first signs of spring.  This is such a fun activity to do with your child.  This activity requires no set up and teaches a child so much.

Your child will use their sensory skills as they smell fresh flowers and the fresh spring air.  They will use their hearing and sight as they watch and listen to the birds.

Lots of talking goes on with this activity which is great for your child's vocabulary.

Lately when we head outside my daughter loves it even more because she feels like she is going on a hunt, searching for new signs of spring.

Here are some of the signs we have found:

Buds on the tree!

Tulip coming up!

Leftover tomato seed from last season!

Tiger lilies sprouting!

More tree buds!

Beginning a new season is a good time to go over the different seasons with your child.  My daughter learned about the different seasons with our Learning Seasons activity. 

How about making your very own first sign of spring with a Birds Nest.   We had such fun making this craft!

Spring is a beautiful season so welcome it with open arms!