Jul 14, 2017

Camping Books for Kids


One of the things I love most about homeschooling is finding amazing books that tie into whatever we are learning about. In the past, I would spend hours on Amazon and on the library catalog searching for books that fit our current topic. When I signed on to work with Mother Goose Time, I had no idea how amazing their monthly book choices would be, and just how EASY it would make our library trips!



Every month inside of the Teacher Guide, there are "suggested stories". Each day there is a different suggested story that fits both the broad monthly theme and the narrower day's topic. We have enjoyed these book suggestions so much over the past two months. Now, instead of searching, I have my list at the ready. I pop onto my library's database and order all of the books. It doesn't get simpler than that! 



Below you will find some great comprehensive camping themed book suggestions from both Mother Goose Time and one's that we found on our own and have enjoyed!



Curious George Goes Camping - by Margret & H.A. Rey's


Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes


Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucilli


Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer


Froggy Goes to Camp by Jonathan London


A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen


Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins


The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp by Stan and Jan Berenstain


The Berenstain Bears Blaze A Trail by Stan and Jan Berenstain


Stella & Roy Go Camping by Ashley Wolff


When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs 


Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman




The Kids Campfire Book by Jane Drake


Arthur's Camp-Out by Lillian Hoban








Sleeping In a Sack by Linda White 






The Bear Scouts by Stan and Jan Berenstain




Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connell George


We have been loving reading all of these books along with our Mother Goose Time activities! We chose a great balance of leveled reader books that Kingston has been reading to his siblings, picture books for everyone, and larger activity books that we have been using to dig deeper into the topics introduced in our MGT curriculum.




Stay tuned to see more Camping themed activities from our box this month!

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Jul 7, 2017

Easy Campfire Snack for Kids

This month, our Mother Goose Time theme is CAMPING! This is so exciting for us, because we love camping. Not only that, but we have a camping trip planned for right after this theme ends. It couldn't be more perfect. This week, we explored At The Campsite. The topics for this week were awesome! So much so, that we may try to extend this week a little bit. This week's topics were: Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Campfire, and Guitar.


One of our favorite activities that we did this week was this easy campfire snack for kids!! My favorite part is that it pretty required zero parental involvement to create. I love cooking with my kids in the kitchen, but I love that MGT provided a recipe that the kiddos could execute on their own. 


Like any good recipe, this one was flexible! We used what we had on hand (which was slim pickings) and improvised. The recipe called for pretzel rods and pretzel sticks, but since we didn't have those, we used Veggie Sticks. My kids are OBSESSED with these (especially the ranch ones), and I have to admit paired with the cream cheese and the other elements of the recipe like the cheese cubes (we used mozzarella pearls) and the lunchmeat (ham!), they were delicious!


The boys were excited to get started. Don't let Bentley's stinky face fool you, he was psyched! I provided them with some child-safe plastic knives, plates, an placed the food in between them. We followed the durable recipe card that was provided by Mother Goose Time. I love that we can save and collect these cards every month and have a bunch of easy to follow, kid-friendly recipes at our fingertips. 


In the Teacher's Guide, each activity has a "Discuss", "Explore", "Play" section. For this activity, they suggested we discuss "What foods can you cook over a campfire?" The boys yelled out simultaneously, "marshmallows"! We have been roasting a lot of marshmallows lately, so I knew they would be quick to say that. We brainstormed several other ideas: hotdogs, corn on the cob, fish, and mac and cheese. (Macaroni and cheese is something we personally make over a campfire when we go camping!) 


The boys got to work building their campfires. They used the cream cheese as glue and went from there. I made a few suggestions and showed them some pictures of a campfire, but mostly I just let them have at it and create what they imagined a campfire would look like. I love that this was not only a recipe, but a STEM activity! When they were satisfied with their fires, we set to work making our items to roast. The boys pushed a mozzarella pearl onto their veggie stick. Then they cut the ham into pieces and I helped them roll and attach the pretend hot dog to the veggie stick. 



The kids started roasting their pretend marshmallows and hot dogs right away. They loved it! Not only was it cute, but it was delicious. While the kids ate, I read them the suggested story for the day, We love Little Critter, so it was perfect!


This was such a hit! I can't wait to try some of Mother Goose Time's  recipes for kids. 

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Jun 28, 2017

Simple Surfboard Craft

This months theme from Mother Goose Time, Alphabet Island, has been such a fabulous summertime theme to explore! We have learned about everything from boats, the beach, island exploration, and more. This week, we explored Island Fun. Our days were broken up into: Luau, Island Dancing, Surfing, Island Music, and Sunset. With the excitement of movies like Moana that have recently come out, this was really perfect! My kids really enjoyed every aspect of this week, but this fun surfboard craft was a simple and fun winner. 


Mother Goose Time does a great job with their Invitations to Create, and this one was no exception! I set out the inspiration card, a gorgeous picture of colorful surfboards, various paints, paint brushes, surfboards, and also some washi tape. This was an extra addition that I added at the request of the boys! They wanted to make some of the lines that they saw on the different boards in the inspiration photo. 


They got right to work making colorful surfboards to resemble what they saw in the photo. As they painted, I asked them some of the prompts from the Teachers Guide. I love how Mother Goose Time helps to guide you in asking appropriate and valuable questions to help get your kids thinking creatively. 


We talked about what color surfboard they would like to ride if they could choose. They were both pretty set on using every color available and as much as they possibly could! We talked about what symbols they wanted on their surfboards. Bentley drew all kinds of pictures that he quickly covered up with more paint and more pictures! Kingston was more methodical in his painting. When they were finished, they had so much paint on their boards that they would never dry. So instead of waiting for hours, we flipped them over and pressed them into the paper towels they were using underneath. This created a really neat textured design on them that the boys really enjoyed!


When they were dry, the boys got to work putting their washi tape on, They each chose a different color and design of tape. I like that this added a fine motor element to the craft! It also helped really make it their own since their color combinations ended up being very similar.


The boys were very happy with their finished products! Bentley held his the entire time that Kingston read us the suggested book of the day, A Fish Out of Water. (72 pages and pretty impressive for a 4 year old if I do say so myself!!) 

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Jun 23, 2017

Sunscreen Experiment

We are pretty serious about our skincare in this house. We only use products on the kids that rate a 0 or 1 on the EWG Skin Deep database, and with two out of three of our kids being fair skinned, good quality sunscreen is an important thing for us. The Sunscreen day of our Alphabet Island theme from Mother Goose Time was spot on! There was a sunscreen science experiment, an open ended sunscreen art project, lotion writing bags, and a sun protection game.

Bentley chose to start the day off by doing the Sunscreen Science Experiment!


We have quite a few favorite sunscreens that rate super low on the EWG scale! There is no reason to be spraying your kids with chemical filled sunscreens when there are so many amazing options out there. In case you don't want to do the research, here are some great ones that we love: 



The first thing we did was read over our special Science Experiment card. We love that Mother Goose Time provides us with this durable card with the experiment laid out for us. We are collecting them all so we have a file full of great preschool science experiments at our fingertips. 

Before applying the sunscreen to Bentley's hand, we talked about why we use sunscreen. He told me, "You need to use sunscreen because it the sun is very hot. It can make your skin burned." I thought that was pretty insightful for a 2 year old!


I applied the sunscreen to Bentley's hand just like a print craft. My kids are certainly used to those around here! We talked about how the sunscreen felt on his hand  ("cool, slippery") and how it smelled ("Just like candy mama!") Then  I had him make a handprint on each side of the paper. 


When he was finished, I had him wipe all of the access on his face and arms. He liked that! We discussed what would happen to the paper. The handprint he made was pretty non-existant. I explained to him that we would put it in the sun for a few hours and then see what happened and if anything changed. 


After a couple hours, we took it out of the window and observed the changes. Bentley's handprints were much darker than the sunbleached paper. We talked about the importance of using sunscreen so that your skin doesn't end up burned like the paper. The sunscreen protected the part of the paper that it was on.


We went on to have a fun day of learning about sun safety with our Mother Goose Time curriculum. Stay tuned for next week when we focus on Exploring the Island. 

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