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The Story of Ferdinand

One of our favorite books (and probably one of yours too) is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. In the story, a little bull in Spain loves to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while all the other young bulls fight and butt each other.  When they all are grown, the other bulls dream of fighting in

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Flower Experiment

During the summer, we have a beautiful wildflower that grows along the side of our road. It’s called Queen Anne’s lace, and each “bloom” is actually made up of many tiny flowers. Queen Anne’s lace is usually white – that is, until we get a hold of it! Here’s a fun flower experiment you can do with Queen Anne’s lace to show how plants

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Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

We are reading a lot of picture books this summer for our library’s summer reading program, and we’ve come up with some new ones to add to our favorite’s list. One of them is entitled Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This fun story is about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree. To get the kite loose, he throws his favorite shoe

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The Look Book

When my oldest was small, we discovered a book at our library that became a favorite: The Look Book by Tana Hoban. What made this book so fun was the way we were able to use it as a guide for making out own “look book”. The Look Book consists of a number of photos of objects or animals a child would know. Preceding

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Painting Like Georgia O’Keeffe

A good way to introduce your child to the works of a great artist is by giving him a hands-on activity he’ll remember. For this project, your child will create a painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. What you’ll need: Pencil Eraser Watercolor Paper (you can find this at art and craft stores or even Wal-Mart) Watercolor Paints (found at the same stores)

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Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream

Here’s a fun art project that’s a good one to do outside as it can get a little messy: paper marbling! It involves shaving cream, tempra paints, and a lot of fun!  This is what you’ll need to get started: A can or two of shaving cream Wide, shallow pan, such as a 9” x 13” baking pan (can use a disposable pan) Food

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