Exposure to words and books help a toddler’s pre literacy skills grow. However, every parent and caregiver knows the frustration of having books ripped apart by curious hands soon ater they have been bought! Luckily more and more baby and toddler appropriate books are being published in board book format. It used to be fairly difficult to find good board books but now you can find board books in a wide range of topics. Here’s some of the best baby and toddler board books for Fall or Autumn.
Baby Loves Fall by Karen Katz. This book is a lift the flap book, which helps gets kids interested in the story and stay engaged while being read to. It also gives them something to explore while interacting with the book on their own.
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson. Perfect for fans of the other Mose books, this book is a fun introduction to the Fall season.
In My Patch by Sara Gillingham. This book is one of my favourites. It has die cut pages that give multiple layers to the book and really add to the illustrations. The mouse in the middle is also a finger puppet that you can use to help tell the story to your little one.
Fall by Roger Priddy. This book is a touch and feel book, which adds extra interest to the story and is a fun way to encourage a child to explore books.
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. This is one of my favourite books about Fall in board book or picture book form. Actually it’s probably one of my favourite children’s books in general. The story is beautifully written and the illustrations are so cozy that you wish you were hanging out in the little house with the cat and the squirrel and the duck. I’m so pleased that it comes in board book form because it means I can share it with younger children without worry about ripped or missing pages. Definitely a book to buy for your toddler, preschooler or school age child!
Etihad launches new children’s activity packsvia Trade Arabia. That’s not all- “For guests flying long-haul, every aircraft is staffed by a Flying Nanny”. The best way to fly with children! Every single flight anywhere should be staffed with a Flying Nanny. Imagine flying on a plane where the kids were given special meals, activity packs and entertained by a nanny? I’d pay extra for a flight like that.
As much as I will miss the fun of summer, I do really enjoy Fall (or Autumn as some may say). For the first day of Fall I thought I’d show how to do a tape resist painting in Fall colours.
This is a great activity because it is very process based, the child doing the activity can choose what paint to use, how much, where to put it, what types of brush strokes to use etc. At the end of it though, you also end up with a nice project that you can display.
I used a handmade textured brush but you can use a regular paint brush, foam brush or even have the kids paint with their fingers.
Use tape to section off areas of the canvas. You can use masking tape or painters tape, whichever you have on hand. Older kids can do this part themselves but younger kids may require you to give them pieces of pre cut tape or put the tape down for them for the youngest ones.
This is more or less what the canvas will look like when you’ve finished taping it. You can do a geometric pattern or make it more random. For a fall painting it would also be neat to create a tree trunk and branches out of the tape.
I chose red and yellow paint because they would mix to create orange. Using primary colours would also be good to teach colour mixing, or you could use favourite colours, colours to match a season or theme or whatever you have on hand 😉
Here’s the toddler completed painting. He was really interested in applying a lot of paint to one fairly circular area.
Here’s the end result! A Fall coloured tape resist painting for the first day of Fall 🙂
I’m counting down the days until Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes out on September 30th! I can’t wait to see this, although as with any book that’s been turned into a movie I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations. What are your thoughts on books vs. movies? Do you feel the movie generally does a good job of representing the book or do you have to think of them as two separate entities?
The Darkest Dark is about Chris Hadfield’s childhood fear of the dark and how he was able to get over it. This is on my TBR list for sure. I was lucky enough to see Chris Hadfield present on his life and journey to space and he seems like such a genuinely nice person with amazing stories to tell. Plus the illustrations by the Fan Brothers look fantastic!
Last weekend was both the Locke Street Festival as well as SuperCrawl in Hamilton. Lots of food trucks, art, concerts and entertainment. I wanted to quickly share a couple of my favourite finds from the weekend.
My other find was Along a Long Road by Frank Viva, found at the Hamilton Public Library’s sidewalk sale. I love the simple story and the illustrations in this book, especially how they used a contrasting texture for the road so that the children can follow it along with their fingers.
I was very excited to find these gems and add them to my collection! What great books (children’s or otherwise) have you added to your collection recently?