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Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

 

Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice with crafts, activities, printables, and recipes to engage your littles while they read the picture book.

This book.   This book, y’all.  I love Ralph Fletcher, as you probably already know from my Hello, Harvest Moon Story Time.  His use of the language almost makes me cry.  I love reading gentle, lulling books with my boys, and this is definitely that.

Twilight Comes Twice is a poetic book done up in gorgeous watercolors to tell the stories of dusk and dawn.  Twilight, dusk, and dawn, are 3 of my favorite words because of the images and feelings they evoke whenever I hear or read them.  So this book plays my heartstrings like a brilliant orchestral piece.

I mean, “A crack opens between night and day and twilight slips through the crack?”

Um, more please.

I usually don’t do this, because you know I believe wholeheartedly that you should be the one reading to your kids, but if you want it read aloud with beautiful music and lovely sound effects, check out this awesome Youtube of the book.  But have the book in hand when you do.  Because books.

Duh.

 Before we get started, though….

A couple things—

First, if you haven’t seen it yet on social media, head over to Healthy Moms Magazine and take a look at their list of Top 100 Homeschooling Blogs.  I’m honored beyond all reason to be listed at number 7, but there are a lot of my blogging friends, mentors, and/or heroes on the list, so  check that stuff out.

Also, if this isn’t enough Story Time for you, there’s a full unit study based on Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (prepared by little ol’ me) over at Proverbial Homemaker today as part of a Children’s Literature Unit Study series.  There’s a 17-page printable to go with it because I Rocked That Stuff.  Hard.  Yeah yeah.  Head over that and grab it.

Twilight Comes Twice Activities

English

Fletcher’s book is an amazing nod to figurative language.  But figurative language can sometimes bamboozle a little.  There are lots of ways to teach kids how to read figurative language and understand it, but my favorite is to have them draw a picture of what they’ve read.  As part of the free printable, there is a worksheet  for your littles to do just that with some lines taken from the book.

This book is also good for talking about story fluency and switching up your sentences so the story flows without being stilted.  Don’t worry—there’s a worksheet for that in the printable.  You know I love ya.

Language Packet free printable for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

Science

Twilight Comes Twice describes what happens to our world at dusk and dawn, but your littles may want to know exactly why twilight happens.  Here’s a mini unit for you to download that will teach your kids the why of things.

Let's Learn About Twilight -free printable mini unit to go with Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

Demonstrate Twilight

If you want to show your littles how twilight looks from space, grab a globe and show them.How to Demonstrate Twilight for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

What you need:

  • A globe
  • A flashlight
  • A dim or dark room

What you do:

  • Set the globe on a table in a dim room
  • Hold your flashlight at an angle above the globe
  • Have one of your littles slowly turn the globe
  • Point to the area just outside the flashlight’s glare, where it isn’t quite bright but isn’t yet completely in shadow
  • That’s where twilight happens

 

Crafts

There are so many opportunities for crafting with this book, but since it’s October I thought we’d go with an autumnal/Halloween theme and make some of the bats and crows mentioned in the story.

Glitter BatGlitter Bat Craft for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

 

What you need:

Glitter Bat Craft supplies for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

  • Purple or black foam sheet (or you can cheat like me and buy foam bats at Dollar Tree)
  • Lit Mama’s Bat Template (for if you didn’t cheat)
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Newspaper (to catch the mess)

What you do:

  • If you didn’t cheat and buy a precut bat like me, print out the template and use it to cut a bat from your foam
  • Decide how you want to glitter your bat and make the design with the glue
  • Sprinkle glitter over the glue thickly
  • Shake the bat over the newspaper until the glitter is left only on the glue of your design
  • Add googly eyes
  • If you want to hang your bat, attach ribbon or fishing wire to the back with tape

I think a colony of these cutie pies would be so cute flying around the front porch on Halloween!

Craft Stick Crows

Craft Stick Crow craft for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

I’m. in. love.

What you need:

Craft Stick Crow supplies for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

  • Craft sticks (1 per crow)
  • Black feathers
  • Extra small googly eyes
  • Yellow foam
  • Black craft paint
  • Craft glue

What you do:

  • Paint the front and sides of a craft stick black
  • Allow to dry
  • Glue googly eyes about ½ inch from top of stick
  • Cut a small triangle from craft foam and glue it on for the beak
  • Pick 2 feathers of similar length and glue them to the back of the stick below the beak
  • Pick the perfect feather for your crow’s head and glue it to the back of the stick behind the eyes
  • We cut small bow ties from silk fall leaves to glue to the front, too

Food

Cinnamon-Sprinkled and Glazed Biscuit Donuts

Cinnamon-Sprinkled and Glazed Biscuit Donuts for Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice

In the book, dawn brings with it the smell of fresh donuts in the bakery.  When I was a little slip of a thing, my mama would occasionally make these yummies for breakfast as a special treat.  She was a single mama working 2 jobs to raise 3 babies, so she used canned biscuits.  You can, too—it’s certainly quicker.  But you know the Lit Mama—I like to make things from scratch.  If you don’t have time for homemade dough, just skip the first few steps and make your donuts with canned biscuits.

What you need:

For Dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup water

For glaze:

  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar

For cinnamon sprinkles:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

What you do:

  • Preheat deep fryer or skillet of oil to 375.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Don’t skip this step.  Sifting=fluffy.
  • Cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles small pebbles
  • Add egg and milk, stir till well mixed
  • Knead for 1-2 minutes, adding a little extra flour if dough is sticky
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface to about ½ inch thickness
  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut circles out

Pick up here if you’re using canned biscuits

  • Use whatever you have handy to make the donut holes (I only say that because, I kid you not, I used the fat end of my turkey baster. Hey, it was the right size.)
  • Drop donuts a few at a time into oil
  • Fry 2 minutes, flip, then fry another minute (I had to do that even in my deep fryer or one side got more done than the other)
  • Remove donuts to a cooling rack
  • Brush glaze onto donuts or dip donuts into cinnamon mix

For Glaze:

  • Heat water and butter over medium heat until butter melts
  • Pour into a medium-sized bowl
  • Add powdered sugar, stirring well, until you have a glaze consistency

For Cinnamon Sprinkles:

  • Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl

I’m not making this up—these are delicious.  Taste just like childhood.

Plus, they’re great with coffee.

Love wins,

KT

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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10 Comments

  1. I’ll have to give this one a try! The language sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina
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  2. Awe, I love how you created a unit study around twilight! Brilliant!!!
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  3. Super cute crafts!Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.
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  4. Congrats on being #7. Such a great honor! Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link party too, we hope you had fun and met some nw friends.

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