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Story Time: The Easter Egg

Story Time: The Easter Egg - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Easter is sneaking up on us, my lovelies.  I can tell by the way the garden is greening up, the peepers are singing at the pond this morning, and the geese and sandhill cranes are calling all day long as they migrate back to the north.  All these things whisper to me that it is almost time to dye eggs, make a scavenger hunt and hold on that for at least one more year my littles will be even remotely interested in the holiday.  It’s hard once they’ve outgrown a basket full of water guns and candy and the like.  And they found out 2 years ago that the Easter Bunny isn’t a real dude.

However, I do try to get them to hold on to some of the magic of these holidays that lose their luster when they realize I’ve been lying to them all their lives.  I figure if they don’t hate me for it, they can’t hate the Easter Bunny.  So we still dye eggs together every year, only now I don’t have to sneak outside somehow at 7 am to set up the hunt.  It works out better for mama, anyway.

Since Easter is hippity-hoppity on its way, let’s do a story time about a beautiful children’s book, The Easter Egg by Jan Brett.  I love Ms. Brett.  Her poetic illustrations are even better than her sweet stories.  Seriously, I’m a grown up (claimed!) and I could look at these pictures all day.  I can only imagine how they effect little kids. The story itself is amazing, and watching Hoppi accidentally stumble on his own amazing version of an Easter Egg is magical.  However, you are here for activities to go along with all this goodness, and I am happy to provide.

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Story Time: The Lorax

Story Time: The Lorax - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Happy Seuss Week, Everybody!!

I know, this is my 3rd Seuss in a row, but I promise I’ll lay off for a while after.  And who can resist the stinkin’ Lorax?  Not this girl!

Ah, the Lorax.  I love that dude.  Who else shows children the dangers of commerce and deforestation quite so well?  We’ve been learning a lot about deforestation and its effects on animal species during our Asia studies, and the Lorax gets referenced often.  Beyond all that, The Lorax is a great rhyme with lots of whimsy that your littles will truly enjoy.  How can you add to their enjoyment?  Let me count the ways!

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Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Okay, so obviously you want to do more than one Seuss book for Seuss Day (or month.  or week.), so here is my all-time, since-I-was-a-little-slip-of-a-thing, very favorite-ist Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham!

Woot woot!

Why is this my favorite?  Because I do love a rebel, and the curmudgeonly old dude who refuses through 95% of the book to even consider liking green eggs and ham cracks me up.  Plus the persistence of Sam is also hilarious.  In fact, this book might be the very reason I refuse to jump on movie and book bandwagons until their pop status has petered out and I can enjoy them because I want to, not because everyone else says I should.

I mean, remember that whole Twilight frenzy?  Those books were Terrible.

Anyway, you must have fun activities to do with your littles for this super-awesome book, and I am quite happy to provide them.  So let’s get going!

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Story Time: Horton Hears a Who

Dr. Seuss Day is coming, Dr. Seuss Day is coming!

Story Time: Horton Hears a Who for Dr. Seuss Day

March 2, once known as Theodore Geisel’s birthday, has become the day that we educators, librarians, and book lovers celebrate the author’s great works.  In fact, we’ve taken over the entire month of March.  If you’re looking forward to doing some Seuss-y activities with your littles, look no further.  I. Am. So. Excited.

Horton Hears a Who is one of my favorite-ist Seuss books.  I love Horton’s pertinacity, his absolute insistence upon caring for creatures he can’t even see.  If my life’s theme is Have Courage and Be Kind, then Horton kinda has to be my hero, because he is both of those things incarnate.  And there are lots of activities can your littles enjoy along with this book.
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