Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cathy's Recommendations for Fun and Creative Activities for Children

Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas and Granny-ola in a handmade solar oven, grow a snack pot of radishes and carrots, create a firefly lantern, and on a rainy day make rainsticks.

Illustrated with evocative photographs and the author's watercolors, this magical book shows how to do 130 activities that connect grandmothers and grandchildren through nature-in the kitchen, the garden, and the art room. "Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars" is more than an activity book; it's an interactivity book. It's about being curious, about being adventurous, about noticing and really seeing things, about instilling a sense of wonder. Sprinkled throughout are Mrs. Lovejoy's inventive grandparenting ideas that help make every visit a memorable one, filled with simple joys and discoveries that will have grandchildren coming back again and again.

This inspiring book is packed full of creative ideas. It shows exciting ways of using different art materials. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions exactly or use the ideas to create pictures of your own.

This interactive journal for beginning readers features fill-ins where kids can list their favorite books, draw scenes from a story, and write about the pleasures they get from reading. For parents, it's a keepsake of their child at a particularly interesting time.

Transform stray socks into stuffed-animal friends with this utterly cute craft kit! Featuring step-by-step instructions for 9 unique sock creatures including a cat, bear, pig, rabbit, elephant, and even a crocodile plus basic sewing instructions for beginners and all the materials needed to create one adorable sock creature.
64-page instruction book
Two colorful socks
Two buttons

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