Monday, March 31, 2014

Exploring the World through books

I am excited to have my first month as a co-host for Poppins Book Nook.

 This wonderful FREE book club includes a lot of my favorite bloggers, who take a themed monthly topic and select a book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the last Monday of the month, we all present our books and something that ties in with the books and present a fun hands on learning opportunity such as a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook

This month's theme is Where In The World?

Since we live in New Zealand, I firstly wanted to feature a book from our part of the globe. 

This book is done to the classic tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" and has an accompanying CD with the words in English and Maori (two of New Zealand's official languages). It features native New Zealand animals such as a Kiwi, tuatara, penguins, eels and tui. Lucas liked pretending to be a still tuatara- so we made a tuatara as our craft using a green popsicle stick, a green pipe cleaner, some round stickers and craft glue.

Lucas decorated the stick with green spikes using a felt, and we added black circles to the stickers to make eyes. The green pipe cleaner was cut into four pieces then stuck onto the bottom to make legs- and Lucas suggested a tail too with the leftover piece, which was great thinking as tuataras do have long tails!

One of the featured animals is the New Zealand icon, the Kiwi. In the book, if you're a Kiwi and you know it dig for worms! I made Lucas and Adam a special Kiwi lunch, complete with worms.

The next book on our list was Farmyard Jamboree- this is the English version of a Chilean folk song that introduces children to animals and their young as well as counting in multiples of two. This book appealed to me as I used to live in Chile, and it was a great way to talk to my children about my time overseas as well as learn some more about animals.

The farmyard had a chicken and her chicks, so Lucas wanted to make a chicken as he knows I love chickens! We gathered our supplies- a round cardboard circle, a yellow cardstock circle, some googly eyes, a foam orange triangle, and yellow feathers. We started off by gluing the feathers to the base cardboard circle.

Once the feathers were stuck down, we placed the yellow piece down and added the eyes and beak.

The last book on our list for this month is a book in Spanish called Casas del mundo- Houses of the World.

I count myself very lucky that my boys are bilingual, and so it opens up a whole lot of book opportunities! This book talks about different types of houses in different parts of the world, and ends with the question- "what type of house would you like to live in?" This was a great opportunity to work on Lucas' vocabulary and imagination, and we wrote down his ideas.

He decided he would like to live in a Snow House
-buried in snow
-TVs with lots of computers and video games
-concrete floors with carpet on top
-medium sized
-the house would have a scarf, hat and mittens to keep it warm because there would be no sun (I thought this was very clever!)
-there would be forts outside to play on and it would be red
-people would still sleep in beds

I love his imagination and the ideas that he came up with were rather funny!

I hope you will join us over at Poppins Book Nook this month.


    An InLinkz Link-up

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Clip art by Melon Headz

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway!

Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of Where in the World!  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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  1. I love Lucas's tuatara and chicken! And a yummy snack too! It was very interesting to read your post. Thank you!

  2. Love the books you chose. I have never heard of a tuatara before reading this post, and it's a very cute craft you made for it.

  3. I would never have thought to use a scarf, hat and mittens to keep a snow house warm - good thinking! ;) And I'd never heard of a tuatara either - but the craft stick one is very cute!

  4. I really love the If You're a Kiwi and You Know It! I'm thinking my younger girls would like that even though they are a bit younger than yours.

  5. Wow a Fellow Kiwi!! I will have to track down a copy of 'If you are a Kiwi and you know it'! Love your tuatara craft.

  6. Very clever indeed! The snack is a cute addition.

  7. It looks like you had a wonderful time with this theme! I love the kiwi snack!

  8. Love the books you chose. I will definitely have to check them out!

  9. You selected great titles. I think I need to try the chicken craft with my kids, they would have a great time with that. I think they would like the If You Are a Kiwi... book too!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  10. Wow - great crafts! :) Thanks for sharing about a book relevant to where you live. I'm going to have to check it out!

  11. What fun activities and cute snack! I would most definitely not want to lie in his snow house though; I am quite happy to be through with white stuff this year! Very cute though!

  12. These crafts are so cute! Thank you for the ideas!

  13. That's so much fun! I especially love the chicken craft :-)


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