This summer, we have been enjoying reading — a lot. I’m a bookworm myself, so it doesn’t surprise me that our toddler is a bookworm himself. Proof that we love books around here? Here are some ways the books in our personal library (and at the local library) have been getting a lot of mileage:
- Summer “read-to-me” program at the local library (our goal for the summer is 150 books)
- Bedtime ritual includes 3 books
- Naptime is preceded by 3 books (yes! naptime still!)
- Spontaneous reading throughout the day (car rides, free time, etc)
So, when I heard about the Love Books summer book exchange, I knew we had to participate. I’m not sure which part of the book exchange was more fun — preparing our book activity package and mailing it, or getting one in the mail.
Now, onto the package that we received from Jen (Plain Vanilla Mom) for the Love Books exchange (see Jen’s post about the book and activity we sent). As we has just mailed our package a few days prior, Toby was very excited to see something in the mail for him. We retrieved it from our mailbox late one evening, so waited until the next day to open it. There is no fun in opening a package you can’t play with right away, right?
What came in our package? Take a peek below (click on any image to enter gallery view mode).
The book, Planting a Rainbow (#afflink), by Lois Elhert, was a big hit. We talked about all the flowers and colors in the book, and then my son decided to find the flowers that “matched” the cookie cutters we received. From there, we started into the Planting a Rainbow book activity in full force. If you want to replicate the Planting a Rainbow book activity with your kid, here’s a list of supplies (#afflinks)
- Plainting a Rainbow
- Zots (adhesive dots)
- Flower Cookie Cutters
- Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Foam Sheets
- Pom Poms (added by my son)
As you can see from the images below, the entire activity was a huge hit! (click on any image to enter gallery view mode)
The finished flowers are sitting on the windowsill of my kitchen, where I can admire them as I do dishes. Sadly, the pom poms didn’t stay stuck of the glue dots, but ended up in my kitchen sink. Though, there’s a good chance that one of my cats could be the culprit in regards to that… I can’t say for sure.
I love that this Planting a Rainbow book activity was open-ended, and that Toby took the craft and made it his own. It’s so fun to watch kids be excited about being creative! I may need to create some more book-based activities for us to do, as this project went over so well.
This post is part of the Love Books Summer Exchange. Over 50 bloggers are participating in the 4th Annual LOVE BOOKS exchange, hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It.
Participants select one book and one amazing, open ended activity to go along with it, and exchange it with another family via mail. Each blogger shares about the book and activity they got.