A Few of My Favourite Picture Books

Since February was I Love To Read Month, and since the majority of the books I’m reading right now is picture books with my kids, I’m going to share some of our current favourite picture books.  Some are old, some are new, but we read these ones quite a bit.

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01 // Beauty And The Beast by Ursula Jones
This book is SO pretty!  We received it for Autumn’s birthday, and it’s got a different story than the Disney version.  The artwork is gorgeous, and if you ask Autumn what her favourite book is, this is the book she’ll select from the shelf.

02 // Nobody Likes A Goblin by Ben Hatke
This book is pretty new to our collection but it’s SO cute.  It’s about a little goblin who goes to save his friend from some adventurers.  Andrew is very into Dungeons and Dragons, and he loves this book so much.

03 // i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!  This poem is one of my favourites.  We had my sister read it in our wedding ceremony, and so when I saw this at the book store I knew that I HAD to have it.  The illustrations are adorable, and I love the way this makes the poem about the love between a mother and her child.  I love it, I love it, I love it!

04 // Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
This is an old favourite for us.  I first read it when I was a nanny, and fell in love with it.  Since then, I’ve tried to give it as a gift to my friends when they have kids.  In more recent years, it’s been tougher to find this version, and I’ve only really been able to find it in board book version, or not at all. It’s such a cute book about a little kitten who wants to give the whole world a hug, so he writes a To-Hug list and goes on a quest to find everyone on this list.  It’s such an adorable book, and I’ve read it to Autumn so many times, I could recite it by heart.

05 // The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
This book is awesome!  Chris Hadfield is a really compelling writer, and I love that he has a children’s book for kids who might be dreaming about becoming astronauts.  I am currently reading his book for grown ups (An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth).  In The Darkest Dark, he talks about how he realized his dream of becoming an astronaut.  It’s a really cute book.

What are your current favourite picture books?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Piglet and Robin are Thankful book review

Piglet and Robin are Thankful

I was recently given the chance to review the book, “Piglet and Robin Are Thankful” by Jason Quinn & Andrew Gallagher.  I was given the book for free in exchange for my honest review, the opinions stated here are my own.

“Piglet and Robin are Thankful” is a really sweet book about all the things to be thankful for.  It’s got a cute back and forth between the two characters, and lovely pictures to go with it.  It was fun to read with my daughter.  She loved pointing out the things she recognized in the pictures, and she would say the things she was thankful for, too.  This book is a really cute way to teach your small children all the things that they can be thankful for.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check out the website and Facebook page, and find it on Amazon.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Easy Advent Calendar for Toddlers

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Over the last year (or so), I’ve been collecting Christmas books and putting them aside for the month of December.  Every morning, my children will come downstairs and find a different Christmas book sitting under the tree!  That will be the book we read all day, and then they’ll hear it before bed at night.  And the next morning, it’ll start again.  The final book will be Twas The Night Before Christmas, on December 24th.  On Saturdays, it’ll be a Christmas movie under the tree for us to watch as a family that day!

I’m super excited to get started.

If you’re looking to do something like this with your kids, here are some tips:
– Start looking in thrift stores
– Check out the dollar store
– Ask your thrift store loving friends to look for you!
– And if you don’t have enough in time, the library is a great place to get any extra books!

Do you do anything for advent with your kids?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Guest Post: Activities for Little Hands

Hi! I have a lovely guest post here from Kate from the blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. Make sure you check out her blog and her social media at the bottom!  When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I started to wonder about the kinds of things that I would do with Autumn as I was taking care of a new little baby.  Kate has some great ideas, and I can’t wait to try them 🙂

Preschool Boredom! It’s that restless age where your child is determined to get into things and is screaming to be engaged more than ever! You may be struggling especially if you are carrying or have welcomed more children into the world. With a baby on one hip and a preschooler on the other what can you do to entertain the hyperactive toddler?

Preschool boredom can be a thing of the past if you fill your cupboards with sensory activities & interchangeable tools for mid morning playtime. This is the time your child is most alert and you have the opportunity to wear them out, fill their tummies after play and enjoy some rest in front of a movie once your finished.

Here I give you some Preschool Boredom Busters. Some which can be played with in combined activities which I feature more of in my own blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. I write about the highs and lows of parenting and keeping your children engaged. I also write about the days where your children sometimes need to take a back seat and Mummy Time is just as important.

So Lets Discover these boredom busters staring with Preschool Boredom Buster…

Activity 1 – Two Ingredient Sensory Play Sand

This activity has 2x Ingredients! Can you believe it? Plus it can also be kept in containers for a longer shelf life. Say goodbye to expensive doughs and sensory clay and make your own. Please note for a less or more mouldable version of your sand adjust the oil to your likeness.

  • 2 Cups Of Flour
  • 1/2 a Cup of Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil or Baby Oil
  • Optional Food colouring (Mixed with the oil)

All you need to do is add the oil to your flour and mix away! you end up with a fluffy mixture of mouldable flour which feels like soft silky sand.

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Activity 2: How to Colour Pasta

This is a more complex activity which requires more preparation however once done can be reused and kept in storage containers for a longer shelf like. I suggest doing both Rice & Pasta in the same preparation session which can be used on different days to entertain your child.

You will need:

  • Uncooked hollow pasta like Penne or Macaroni (you can also use rice)
  • Paper Towel to line your tray (you can also use baking paper)
  • A tray to dry your pasta in or an outside table lined with paper
  • Zip lock bags or containers
  • Vinegar (white)
  • Choice of Food colouring

How to Colour Pasta – Instructions

  • Set out the chosen amount of pasta or rice you will need in individual bags. One bag of pasta for each colour you are using
  • In each bag of pasta pour enough vinegar in to wet the contents without too much excess in the bottom of the bag. Add a few drops of colouring. If the colour isn’t distributed enough just add some more.
  • Now that each bag is coloured put it in your tray which should be lined with paper . Pour the pasta out and spread to dry. The paper will soak up any excess vinegar
  • Drying time will vary depending on how wet it is. I prefer to prepare this activity the day before.
  • Now the pasta is dry you can put it in Zippy bags, Containers or play with it straight from the tray.

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3. Shaving Cream Sundaes

You will need:

  • Plastic Party Shot Cups
  • Shaving Cream (organic for sensitive skin recommended)
  • Natural Food Colouring

this is a neat little activity for outside or in the shower. Fill your little shot cup up with shaving cream and dip a spoon into some food colouring and spread it throughout the top of the cream. Kids think these are hilarious initially because they look just like a tiny ice cream sundae! What do my kids do with them?

  • Pretend Feed Their Babies
  • Play Ice Cream Shops in the shower
  • Use a paintbrush and paint with the cream on some paper
  • Wash things in the outside paddle pool

In my blog I create videos & show you how to combine the projects I write about over a series of weeks so you can continue to engage your child with the items you have made!  I hope you enjoyed these basic activities and your children enjoy them for many months to come!

Author: Kate Shelby

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