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Hold an Outdoor Book Tasting for Kids

An Outdoor Book Tasting is a fun way to get kids interested in books and reading!

Summer means getting outside for learning.  What better way to take the classroom outside than to hold an outdoor book tasting for kids?

I mean, this stuff is fun.  It’s  an incredible way to get kids engaged in reading and excited about my favorite-ist thing in the whole wide world–BOOKS!

If you have kiddos who are interested in one genre and like to stick to it, a book tasting is a great way to introduce them to new stuff. If you have some friends you can invite over to take part, ask them to bring books with them so there’s a large variety.  Your kiddos are sure to find something new to read, even if you just check out new books from the library to use.

A book tasting is very like a wine or food tasting, but a lot easier to put together.  And nobody gets drunk or fat as a result!

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Story Time: Rocky Hill Fireman–Fire!

4 free firefighting printables for Story Time: Rocky Hill, Fireman - Fire! for homeschool or classroom

Welcome to 10 Days of Summer Reading Activities!  Today kicks off 10 straight weekdays (come on, guys, I need my weekends!) of reading activities from your very own Lit Mama.  And you gotta love it, because this series is part of the even larger 10 Days of Tips for Homeschool Moms series that includes tips from 16 other bloggers!  So if you’re getting ready for the upcoming school year and you want to be in the know, make sure you check out all the amazing blogs at the bottom of this post and start the year off right.  Also,  scroll down to enter the $110 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Now.  To kick things off.

I know you know it, but my favorite thing ever is discovering new books and authors to introduce to you.

Last month, I told you about Katie Spivey Brewster and her wonderful picture book, Aunt Louise Comes to Visit.

This month I want to tell you about Katie’s husband, James Burd Brewster, the main guy at J2B Publishing and writer/creator of the Glad to Do It series of picture books.

Because they rock. Hard.

I’m not making that up.

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Story Time: Where the Wild Things Are

Story Time: Where the Wild Things AreFirst of all, let me apologize for the lateness of this post.  Between my host server and my internet server, I have had The Weekend From Hell.  Can I get a hallelujah?

Never fear, the activities for this all-time best picture book ever are worth the wait.

But you don’t want to wait any longer, so let’s get to it.

What kind of wild things mischief can we make?

Oh, veritable tons, my friends.


One of the brilliant things about this book is the sparse wording.  In fact, the wild rumpus is not described at all, but shown in pictures.  However, those pictures can inspire entire worlds in a littles’ mind.  Which is kind of the point.

I think it would be terribly fun to have your littles write a story about what happens during the wild rumpus.  So I made up a pretty printable for them to write it on.  Because I’m cool like that.

Let the Wild Rumpus Start


Okay, so I love this.  This science project will allow your littles to use their imagination again and it doesn’t require a lot of clean up from you.  There are many different wild things in the story and none of them are fully explained.  Here’s your littles’ chance to pick one wild thing and imagine how it might be classified.  What is its habitat?  Feeding habits?  Behaviors?  We do these animal studies All The Time, but we never get to use our imaginations to fill them out.

Wild Thing Nature Study

wild things nature study


I have a couple for your littles to enjoy, and they are both fun and easy peasy.

Max’s Wolf Mask

Wild Things Wolf Mask

He felt he was waaaay too old to showcase this for you

What you need:

wild things mask supplies

  • White cardstock
  • Lit Mama’s Wolf Mask Template
  • 2-3 black chenille stems
  • Paint stir stick or large craft stick
  • glue
  • tape

What you do:

  • Print out template on cardstock
  • Cut mask out
  • Cut out inside of mask for face

Wild things wolf mask whisker holes

  • Use a pencil or other sharp object to poke 4 small holes in each side of mask for the whiskers

wild things wolf mask whiskers

  • Cut chenille stems into different links and push them through the holes you’ve made

tape whiskers to wild things wolf mask

  • Tape them to the inside of the mask

Wild Things Wolf Mask

  • Glue or tape stick to inside of mask where the chin would be
  • Enjoy being a wild thing

Make your own Wild Thing

Make Your Own Wild Thing

What you need:

Make Your Own Wild Thing Supplies

  • Lit Mama’s 4 PAGES!! of wild thing templates, including hands, eyes, feet, mouths, ears and horns, and a body to attach them to
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

What you do:

wild things body

  • If you want, use the face and body template to cut a colored wild thing from construction paper (or just cut it out and color it)
  • Choose the eyes, ears, mouth, feet, and hands you want to use and cut them out

add body parts wild thing

  • With the glue stick, add the parts to your wild thing however you want

color wild thing

  • Color the wild thing’s parts

You can also use the parts as templates to cut them from colored paper.  There are so many awesome, creative ways to do this craft!  Talk about a wild rumpus!


Um, yeah yeah.  These Mallow Monsters are so cute your littles will squeal, even before they get the toothache!  The funnest part is that your littles get to do almost all the work. All you have to do is melt chocolate!Wild Things Mallow Monsters

What you need:

Mallow Monster Supplies

  • Marshmallows
  • Sucker Sticks
  • White Chocolate (for melting)
  • Food coloring (we used blue and purple, but you can use any ol’ color)
  • Nonpareils and other decorative candies
  • Some kind of candy or chocolate chip for the eyes (honestly, we cut the stems off of some candy pumpkins I had stocked up.  It worked great!)

What you do:

  • Set up your dipping station with small bowls of different types of decorative candies and a bowl for each of your white chocolate colors

Mallow Monsters chocolate melting

  • Put two bars of white chocolate in a saucepan with a pat of butter and heat over low heat until melted (or microwave them for about 30 seconds in the bowl)

Mallow Monsters colored chocolate

  • Add 3 drops food coloring to the chocolate and stir until combined, pouring into a dipping a bowl when done (Do the last two steps for each of your colors)
  • Once you have the chocolate ready, push a sucker stick into each marshmallow

Dipping Mallow Monsters in chocolate

  • Holding the marshmallow by the sucker stick, dip and twirl it in the chocolate until the top half is covered.

making hair mallow monsters

  • Now dip just the top of the marshmallow into a bowl of candy to make hair

adding eyes mallow monsters

eyes added mallow monsters

  • Place the marshmallow on a saucer and add the eyes to it

mallow monsters complete

  • Make as many of these cutie-pies as you can, because they will all look different
  • Brush your teeth

Oh, my lovelies, I do so love this book.  I hope these activities make it an even richer experience for your littles.  This one should be remembered always.

The 10 Days of Homeschool Tips series is still going on among my fellow bloggers, too, so don’t forget to visit them.  And if you haven’t signed up for that $150 cash prize to help with your homeschool expenses, all I can say is What Are You Waiting For?

Love wins,






Story Time: Jake Johnson-The Story of a Mule

If you’re looking for something a little different to read for the 4th of July, look no further than this hilarious gem. Jake Johnson  by Tres Seymour is the tale of a farmer taking some fireworks to the fairgrounds for the Independence Day celebration, but he has to convince his mule, Jake Johnson, to pull the wagon. Hilarity ensues. It will have your littles cracking up. But you want some nifty acitivities to go along with the laughter, don’t you? Let’s stick with crafts, science, and food today, and keep it totally fun.
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