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Wow! Said the Owl
"You're Finally Here!" by Melanie Watt "Wow! Said the Owl" by Tim Owl Babies

Paper Plate Bunny
Folded Paper Bunny Craft

Owl Shape Book with Moveable Wings "Owl Babies" Puppet Skit
Boss of the Plains The Cat in the Hat Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
"Boss of the Plains" Stetson Hat Craft "The Cat in the Hat"
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Sock Tooth Fairy Craft
The Busy Tree Flusi: The Sock Monster

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez


"The Busy Tree" Crafts and Learning Activities "Sock Monster Crafts" Tooth Fairy Crafts
Working frog  
Working Frog Froggy Goes to School  
"Working Frog" Crafts and Learning Activities "Froggy Goes to School" Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids  


  strawberry activity sheet Moose craft
  "The Little Mouse, The
Red Ripe Strawberry, and
The Big Hungry Bear
"If You Give a Moose a
" Crafts and
Learning Activities
Acorn Craft from 306019: The Oak Inside the Acorn Acorn Shape Book from
"The Boy Who Dreamed
of an Acorn"
"The Oak Inside
the Acorn"
"God's Oak Tree" by
Allia Zobel Nolan
ladybug craft The Royal Raven red bird craft
"The Grouchy Ladybug Learning Activities" "The Royal Raven" "The Red Bird"

Stormy's Hat Crafts and Learning Activities

Printer's hat made from newspaper paper train engineer's hat craft
Printer's Newspaper Hat
for "The Printer" Book
by Myron Uhlberg

Paper Engineer's Hat Craft
for "Stormy's Hat, Just Right
for a Railroad Man."


Stretch Yourself! Read a Book

This craft is used as a bookmark and check-off book. It is packed with ideas you and your children can use to stretch yourselves this summer.

Stretch Yourself Bookmark Craft and ActivityA Pattern for this Book is available to members only.
Cookbook - Try a new recipe.
Dictionary - Learn a new word.
Book of Games - Play a new game.
Animal Book - Learn more about an animal.
Newspaper - Make your own news paper.
Book of Poetry - Write your own poem.
Science Book - Do an experiment.
Book of Jokes - Laugh
Map - Go somewhere new.
Craft Book - Make a new craft.
Garden Book - Plant a new plant.
Book of Fiction - Write your own story.
Art Book - Draw or paint your own picture.
Bible - Memorize a good verse.
How to Book - Learn something new.
Biography - Write a book about your self.

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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

1. Great Smelling Strawberry Activity Sheet

strawberry activity sheetWhat you will need: Paper, strawberry Kool-Aid (no sugar added), paintbrushes, and crayons.

How to Make Great Smelling Strawberry Activity Sheet:

1. Print out pictures of strawberries or have your children draw them. (A Pattern for the Activity Sheet pictured at the left is available to members of Danielle's Place.)

2. Mix a small amount of water with a packet of strawberry Kool-Aid to make paint.

3. Have your children paint the strawberries with the Kool-Aid mixture.

2. Feed The Bear Strawberries Review Game

bear pictureWhat you will need: Card stock (Heavy Paper), crayons (Optional), and scissors.

How to Make Feed the Bear Strawberries Review Game:

1. Make a bear poster with a picture of a bear with his mouth open. (A Pattern is Available to Members Only.) Cut out the mouth so the strawberry pictures fit through the hole.

2. Draw pictures of strawberries or use the patterns and cut them out. (A Pattern for the strawberries is available to members only.)

3. Write your child's vocabulary words, spelling words, etc. on the strawberries. If your child can read or spell a word that is written on a strawberry, he gets to feed the bear by placing the strawberry in its mouth. Keep playing until the bear has "eaten" all the strawberries.


3. "Match the Halves" Strawberry Game

Strawberry Review GameWhat you will need: Card stock (Heavy paper), laminator machine (Optional), and markers.

How to Make "Match the Halves" Strawberry Game: Print out strawberry pictures onto card stock. (A Pattern for the strawberries is available to members of Danielle's Place.) Cut the strawberries out and laminate them. You will be able to use them over and over if you laminate them and use a dry erase marker.

You can play many types of games with your child using these strawberries:

1. "Beat the Bear" Match Game - Lay out the strawberry halves in front of your child. Tell him that he is the little mouse and he needs to put the matching strawberry halves together as fast as as he can before the big hungry bear shows up. Set a timer and tell your child that he has a certain amount of time before the bear shows up. Give him plenty of time the first time. Play again and tell him that the big hungry bear is even closer and he must match the halves even faster this time. You can use a bear puppet or stuffed animal and move him a little closer. Give a few growls as he works. Each time he plays the game, shorten the amount of time. If he doesn't finish on time, "attack" him with the bear puppet, tickling and teasing him. Keep playing until he gets tired of the game.

2. Match Game - Turn all the halves over and take turns trying to find matches. Players take turn turning two halves over at a time. If they match, the player gets to keep the halves. If they don't match, the next player takes a turn. Keep playing until all the strawberry halves are matched up.

3. Find the Matching Half - Pass out halves of strawberries to children and hide all the matching halves. Have all your children try to find the half that matches his or her half.

These Strawberries Can be Used to Review Many Areas of Study:

1. Lower and Upper Case Letters - Print the lower case letter on one half and the upper case on another.

2. Numbers - Print a number on one half and draw in the same number of seeds on the matching half.

3. Rhyming Words - Print a word on one half and a rhyming word on another half.

4. Review Math Facts - Print the problem on one half and the solution on the other.

Big Hungry Bear Activity Sheet - Draw a picture of what you think the big hungry bear in the story looks like. Go to Don and Audrey Wood's web site to print out the activity sheet.

How the Illustrations were Made - Find out from the artist and author how the illustrations for the book were made.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

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If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Moose craft"If You Give a Moose a Muffin" Moose Vocabulary Craft Page and Color Sheet

What you will need: Paper, scissors, and glue.

What to do:

1. Print out the Face Pattern (PDF Pattern), and Antler and Muffin Patterns (PDF Pattern).

2. Color the antler and face pattern. Cut out all the patterns. Use the muffin pattern to cut muffin shapes from construction paper.

3. Glue the antlers onto the back of the face.

4. On another sheet of paper draw a body shape as shown and color it. Glue the face pattern onto of the body shape leaving the mouth area unglued so that you will be able to stick muffins under the pattern.

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Duck on a Bike

Written by David Shannon (Ages 3 - 7)

One day down on the farm a goofy looking duck decides to ride a bike. He says hello as to all the different animals that that live on the farm as he rides by. They all say hi back in their won way, but what there really thinking is something completely different. Cat says, "Meow, but what she thought was, "I wouldn't waste my time riding a bike." She is seen laying on the ground licking her paw like she could care less. Horse says, "Ne-e-e-igh!". But what he thought was, "You're still not as fast as me, Duck!" He is pictured with his nose up in the air and glancing sideways at duck. Goat say, "M-a-a-a". But what he thought was, "I'd like to eat that bike!" He is shown with wide eyes staring at the bikes tires.

Creative Writing - This is a great book to demonstrate repetition in writing. Your children can write their own pages to add to the story. Let them pick an animal and decide what he thought after saying hello to Duck. If you have beginning writers have them use the fill in the blank worksheet. More experienced writers can follow the pattern used in the book. They can then draw a picture illustrating their own page. Here is an example my daughter wrote. "Then Duck rode, no-hands, past armadillo. "Hello, Armadillo," said Duck. "Hello," said Armadillo. But what he thought was "He needs a helmet like me."Art - This is a great book to demonstrate perspective in drawing. We see the duck on a bike drawn from every perspective imaginable.

Vocabulary Review Game - This game is played like the Chinese Tile Game Mah Jong. You can do a web search to see how Mah Jong is played. Write the vocabulary words and review words on pieces of 4" x 2" sheets of paper. Pile the pieces of paper up with some covering each other. The object of the game is to uncover all the vocabulary words by saying them correctly. If a child says the word correctly, he can pick up the piece of paper. He can only say the words that are all the way uncovered.

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The Grouchy Ladybug Learning Activities

ladybug craft1. "The Grouchy Ladybug" Ordinal Numbers Activity - Read "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. Tell your students to try to remember the order in which the grouchy ladybug visited each animal. After you have read the story, give each child a set of animal cards (Pictures of all the animals in the story - Patterns Available on the Members Only Section) and see if he can place them in order. Or you can give each child one animal from the set. Read the story again so the children can check their answers. Then have them place the ordinal number cards next to the matching picture. If you have older children, have them write the names of the animals on a sheet of paper in order.

2. Make a Puppet Skit - Glue pictures of each animal in the story onto craft sticks to make puppets( Patterns Available on the Members Only Section) Have your children make a puppet skit about the grouchy ladybug.

3. Make Ladybug Snacks - Spread strawberry jelly on rice cakes to make the ladybug's body. Place raisins or chocolate chips on top for the spots.

4. Compound Word Bugs Game - Write the following words on cards: Lady, fire, yellow, walking, June, grass, bumble, wolf, cut, ear, swallow, butter. Write these words on a different color of cards: Bug, fly, jacket, stick, bug, hopper, bee, spider, worm, wig, tail, fly. (A Pattern is Available to Members Only.)

Mix the cards up and place one color on one side of the table and the other color on the other side of the table. Have your child try to match up a card from one side to a card from the other side to make compound words. Once your child knows which words go together play a concentration game. Turn all the cards over and take turns turning two cards over at a time. If they match, the player gets to keep them. The player who gets the most cards wins.

Draw Compound Bugs - Use the cards from the Compound Word Bug Game above. Mix up the cards and have your children pick two cards from each color group. Have them put them together to make a new type of bug, and draw a picture of the new type of bug. Ladybug game

5. Play a Match Game - Make ladybugs from red and black poster board. Draw spots on the ladybugs so that you have two cards with the same pattern on each. Let the children help you match up the ones that look the same.

Memory Games - Make all the ladybug cards look different and play a memory game. Write math problems on half the cards and the answers on the other half. Have your children play concentration. You can also use these cards to review vocabulary words or any other things you happen to be teaching.

6. Play "Fly In and Out of the Window Little Ladybug" - Have the children stand in a circle holding hands. Pick a child, or more than one child if you have a lot of children, to be the ladybug. Keep singing the following song over and over until the "ladybug or ladybugs" find their way back to their place by weaving in and out of the children's arms around the circle. "Fly in and out the window, fly in and out the window, fly in and out the window little ladybugs." (Sent in by Nancy Foss)

7. Make a ladybug craft - Go to the Ladybug Craft Page to find ladybug crafts to go with this book.

ladybug craft ladybug craft Ladybug craft

Links to Other Web Sites with Activities that Go Along with Books

Denise Fleming's Web Site has crafts and activities that go along with her books, including paper crafts, word searches, bookmarks, finish the picture coloring pages, match up, snacks, etc. Some of the books include: Barnyard Banter, Buster, Count!, Mama Cat, Pumpkin Eyes.

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The Red Bird


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The Red Bird - by Astrid Lindgren

The one word that bests describes this book is hope. Any child who is going through hard times, struggles with a disability, depression, or sickness will be able to relate to this story. Although it is written like a fairy tale, it can be understood on a much deeper level. The author may not have realized her story mirrors the story of anyone who has found salvation and hope through Jesus' shed blood, but this story has so many correlations that I would find it hard to believe she didn't.

The story is about two orphan children who have no joy in their lives. They live with a farmer who does not love them and only took them in so they could help with the daily chores. The only thing that kept them going was the fact that they would get to go to school in the winter for a couple of weeks. But when they finally got to school they realized that it really wasn't all they thought it would be. I think this represents our lives without Christ. We think we will find happiness through our friends, popularity, a good job and other worldly things, but we soon realize that real joy can't be found in this world.

red bird craftThe children fill hopeless, yet keep trudging on through their gray lonely lives. One day,on their way home from school, the little girl decides that she just can't go on any longer. She wants to give up and die. That is when she sees the red bird. It brings hope back to her life. ("But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:12b-13") She knows she has to follow the bird or she will just give up and die. The children follow it through a narrow passage and it takes them to a wall with an open door. ( "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Mt. 7:14) They walk through the door and find a paradise.

Every day after school they follow the red bird to this paradise where they play and are fed and clothed. But then they hurry back to the farmer to get their chores done. (I think this represents the times we go to Christ and find comfort in our daily struggles.) But soon the last day of school is upon them and they go to visit the paradise for the last time. But instead of hurrying home to milk and feed the cows that day, they close the door, which can never be opened again, and live in paradise forever. (Heaven is our real home and they finally got to go home.)

After reading this book to your children you, point out some of the correlations. Also talk about how the use of color sets the mood for the story. Point out the difference between the pictures of paradise and the gray wintry days in the story. Have your children draw pictures of their own to represent both a gray day and a bright sunny day. The Red Bird Card and the Ribbon and Bell Bird Craft can be used to go along with this story.

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The Royal Raven

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The Royal Raven by Hans Wilhelm - Crawford the Crow wasn't happy with who he was. Deep in his heart he knew he was special, but he didn't look so special. He was just an ordinary raven. He wanted to stand out so he tried all kinds of things to improve his appearance. But it was no use, nothing seemed to work. He finally went to an old women with special powers and told her he would do anything if she would make him look different. Crawford thought it wasn't that great a deal when the old women said she would take some of his tail feathers in exchange for her changing his appearance, but he would soon find out that he would have to give up a lot more than that to be noticed. He became so unusual looking that a princess decided she had to have him. Crawford was so excited when she took him to live in the castle with her, but he caused such a ruckus in the castle he was banished to a cage in the garden where he was hardly ever seen. Even when someone did come to see him and praise him for his beauty, he wasn't happy. When he finally realized that great beauty and fame wasn't worth the cost and that he was happier with his friends as an ordinary bird, he plucked out all his feathers so the princess would let him go.

Teaching concepts:

1. Everyone is Created Special by God. Your outside appearance isn't what makes you special, it's what is on the inside. " for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." 1 Sa. 16:17b, and "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:14 Fame comes with a cost and only lasts a short while. "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12

2. Stand Out for Jesus, Not for Yourself. "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name," Phil 2:3-9

Paper Bag Puppet Craft - The Royal RavenCrafts and Activities

1. Make Crawford the Raven and Have a Contest to See Who Can Make the Craziest Looking Bird - Have children make Crawford and dress him up to stand out.

What you will need: 4 3/4" x 8 1/2" colored gift bags from a craft store, paint, construction paper, tape or glue, glitter glue, feathers, etc.

How to Make Crawford the Raven Paper Bag Puppet:

1. Print out the Body Patterns (PDF Pattern) and cut them out to use as templates. (If you use regular-sized lunch bags print the pattern at 120%) Printing Problems? Place the bag in front of you so that the bag is upside down and the folded flap of the bag is facing forward. Fold the two lower corners of the flap up and behind so they aren't seen and tape them down. Glue beak to the flat between the two folded corners as shown in the picture. Glue the eyes above the beak.

2. Glue or tape the wings onto the sides of the bags and glue the legs to the top of the bag as shown. Have your children add accessories to make their raven stand out. As they work talk about how God wants us to stand out.

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