Books Alive: Fox in Socks

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

So happy to have Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional visiting today. She brought along a super-darling craft that goes with a book I’m betting you know and love.

If you have kids (or even if not!) you’ve probably read a few Dr. Suess books. Or many of them… we have a whole stack! (I prefer the board books, honestly, they’re shorter haha! I’m not much of an “out loud” reader.) Anyways, the rhyming words of Fox In Socks has always made my girls giggle, so I knew my book for the Books Alive Summer Reading Series had to be this one.

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Also, foxes are so cute! Going along with the socks theme, I decided to make some fox sock puppets. (I felt very clever… heehee)

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Love this Sock Puppet Tutorial and read #FoxInSocks together! via @PagingSupermom

Fox Sock Puppet tutorial on @PagingSupermom

Aren’t they sweet!? And so easy to make.

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Books Alive: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Spaghetti Ties up the Town from #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs via @PagingSupermom

We are super excited that Laura is here from Make Life Lovely to share a fun idea that goes along with one of Bettijo’s favorite children’s books.

I am so happy to be part of this summer reading series! I taught elementary school for seven years, and have a great love for children’s books. One of my favorites as a child was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I used to wish that it would rain and storm food in my city just like it did in the story town of Chewandswallow!

Have your kdis make clay food after reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

This book is a classic, and I wanted to make sure that my kids were exposed to the real story, and not just the movie version of the story. I thought it would be fun to sit down with my kids and let them create some clay food straight from the book. It was fun to reread the story and act out the scenes with their clay food. After the story, they plan on using the clay food as food for their dolls, which is a great way to reuse them!

Spaghetti Ties up the Town from #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs via @PagingSupermom

We read the book first, and then the kids brainstormed which food they wanted to create. I gave them a big box of clay from my craft stash and let them go for it. I was amazed at how creative they were when given the chance! Of course they wanted to start with spaghetti and meatballs, just like the title of the story. It was easy for my 5-year old to make “snakes” with yellow clay, and then bend them slightly to make them look like curly pasta noodles. Rolling brown meatballs was also pretty easy for her, too. This activity is great because kids of all ages can participate and create at their own level.

Fun Kids Craft to go with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: The Borrowers

The Borrowers House

We are very excited to have the amazing Erika from Yellow Pear visiting today. We pretty much love everything she does, and the project she is sharing for our summer reading series is no exception — we know it’s going to knock your socks off!

I adore anything miniature. So it’s not a surprise that The Borrowers was one of my favorite childhood books. If you’re not familiar with the story, it is about a family of tiny people that live in the floorboards of an old Victorian home. They borrow household items from the “human beans.” I love the imagination and adventure in the book and in fact, the entire series.

Love this "Borrowers" House made from a Vintage suitcase and based on the #childrensbook I remember loving as a kid via @PagingSupermom

This summer, I have been reading it with my kids and we decided to recreate a borrower home. We searched through junk drawers and office supplies for anything that could be “borrowed” for furnishings. Ninety-nine percent of what we used for our borrower house, we already had laying around… just as it should be. I did have to buy a can of sardines and a thimble. Just because I couldn’t help myself.

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Books Alive: Fancy Nancy

How to Make a Feather Pen -- Kids Craft inspired by #FancyNancy via @PagingSupermom

Today’s installment of our Books Alive summer reading series is from Crystal of A Pumpkin and a Princess. She’s got a fun craft to share that your girls are going to love.

Having a daughter (along with two, wild boys) is a joy that I cherish everyday. She is the epitome of a girly girl. With her love of fashion, glitter and all things fabulously pink, it’s no wonder she absolutely adores Fancy Nancy.

Fun Craft inspired by the Fancy Nancy Books via @PagingSupermom

If you’ve ever read the books you know that Nancy is one extraordinary girl with a fabulous wardrobe. We are slightly obsessed with the books, as in we have every single one that’s ever been released. We even threw a Fancy Nancy party for her third birthday. The fact that she adores the books so much may have started from the time we began reading them when she was barely one year old. Yes, a little young but she wobbled her way right up to a display at Barnes & Noble one day and grabbed the book off the shelf. We took it home that day and so began a love for Fancy Nancy and her vibrant wardrobe. Over the years her fascination with Fancy Nancy has only grown and we don’t expect it to dissipate anytime soon. Which I’m completely fine with since I adore the books as much as she does.

How to Make a Plume Pen just like #FancyNancy has! via @PagingSupermom

My daughter recently asked what a quill was and once I explained it to her she exclaimed that Fancy Nancy has one! When the girls from Paging Supermom asked me to contribute to their book series, I knew exactly what we wanted to create. These Fancy Nancy Plume Pens are fun to make for a birthday party or a fabulous writing utensil for their journals. Today I’m going to share a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

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Books Alive: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Chewy Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe via @PagingSupermom

We are so excited to kick off our Summer Reading series today! We have a bunch of fabulous bloggers lined up to visit throughout the summer. Each will be sharing a favorite children’s book along with a fun project that you can do with your kids to bring the book to life. First up we have our friend Kristyn from Lil’ Luna

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Summer Reading Project Idea for kids with @LilLuna via @PagingSupermom

We love summer time and we love BOOKS! That’s a good thing because we will definitely be reading tons these next few months.

I’ve actually been collecting children books for years before I was even married and was so glad I had quite the library before I started having kids. The books we’ve collected have been wonderful and have really helped my kids learn to love books and reading. One of the books the kiddos just adore is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. They like it because they know mommy can’t help but make some cookies after we read it. The kids love to join me in the kitchen to make these sweet treats, and it was no different this past weekend when we tried a new cookie recipe for Chewy Triple Chocolate Chips.

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