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Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let's be honest, we adults really don't know the answers to (why don't lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we're sharing with you today.
This Scavenger Hunt will take you less than five minutes to organize and you can do it almost anywhere which makes it a great game to play if you're trying to pass the time. It's also an excellent way to get kids active and connected with nature. All you'll need is chalk, some pavement and a wooded area.
Atlantic Animal ABC, our May Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick, introduces children to collage art. The author, Angela K. Doak, uses all sorts of found materials for her collage work - from junk mail and scraps of fabric, to candy and gum wrappers! This art activity will teach little kids how to create their own Atlantic Animal collage art.
The Atlantic Animal ABC book by Halifax artist, Angela K. Doak, is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This fishing and matching game was inspired by the book's brightly coloured artwork and teaches little kids their letters, develops their fine motor skills (not to mention they'll have lots of fun doing it!). **Information on how to enter to win a copy of the book AND a print of Doak's artwork in the post**
The yard/property attached to our house is both a blessing and a curse. We are surrounded by trees that are so dense during the leafy part of the year that you can’t even see our neighbours’ houses. This is exactly the privacy and connection to nature that we desired when we moved in, so there’s the blessing. The “curse” is that the property is oddly shaped with minimal lawn space which basically makes it impossible to have a traditional playground structure on it...so here's what we're going to do...
One of our most popular posts has been 8 Halifax Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. We went beyond soccer and dance classes and looked at some other fun organized programs and activities for families with young children to enjoy in Halifax. Now we're back with a few more that we think you'll love just as much!
*CONTEST* You could win a copy of this book!
Our selection for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month is for our littlest readers. Let's Read! is a board book that will grow with your baby from infancy to toddlerhood. It has bright colours, photos of real babies, lots of smiles and a wonderful, singsong, rhythmic text that you will love to read and will be as familiar as a favourite song to you and your baby in no time.
*CONTEST!* Kids and technology. Whatever your thoughts on it are, it's part of our world today. I've just started introducing my kids to apps and had a chance to review this KidloLand app recently. Here is my review, and I've got a three month subscription to their service to give away this week too!
This matching egg game is perfect for Easter and into spring and it has multiple levels of learning in it, but they'll never know! Colour identification, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patterns, counting and matching are all at work here. Bonus: Makes an awesome quiet time activity!
I'm sharing our new favourite early literacy Easter egg-tivity (with supplies you likely already have, or can get at the dollar store). And, bonus, it's not only fun, it's also educational (sneaky learning is the best!).
Trying to teach your toddler or young preschooler how to spell their name? Yeah, that can be challenging, especially if their name has more than three or four letters *guilty as charged.* I came up with this fun egg puzzle to help my kids learn how to spell their names. All you'll need are some plastic Easter eggs, an empty egg carton, permanent marker, scissors and tape.
A Harbour Seal in Halifax is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This book is based on a true story from March 2015 and our virtual book club guide has a science experiment, a seal stuffy, a silly song and snack ideas.
Our friends at ORB recently sent us a couple boxes of their latest invention to test out. It's called Morph and it's like nothing we've ever played with before!
I am upcycling some of the kids' artwork into these super simple, yet super charming, greeting cards.
This month's Itsy Bitsy Book Club book is Abigail's Wish. It's the first picture book set in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, one of the first black settlements in Nova Scotia. The book is written by Gloria Ann Wesley, who is known for her beautiful poetry, and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki who has created gorgeous images for many of your favourite local books.
A collection of some of our favourite ways to embrace winter - both indoors and outdoors!
Little kids love sparkly things so for Valentine's Day we created these little bags of "gems" and chocolate, and then my five year old and I co-designed a card to go with it that you can download for free!
Here's my super easy tutorial so you can make custom clips for any occasion (especially adorable for a parade of Cupid babies on Valentine's Day).
We are excited to check out a few of ORB factory's popular toy/craft kits and share our reviews with you, along with a GIVEAWAY! In this post we'll test out the Plush Craft Patch Studio Kit, the Glitter Petz and the Fuzzeez.
Welcome to the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club! Each month we work with Nimbus Publishing to pick out an Atlantic Canadian book that we think you'll really enjoy. Each month, we provide you with a guide for your book club meeting. For this month's selection, The Snow Knows, we've included a song, two activities and some snack ideas, but please feel free to add your own ideas to your book club meeting!
We’re super excited to announce the most adorable new feature here at Itsy Bitsy Haligonians for all the little book lovers in your life: the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club!
My kids have a pretty firm 7:15 bedtime that sees them asleep by 8:00 at the latest so *HELL, NO* we're not keeping the kids up till midnight on New Year's Eve. For now we make New Year's Eve a special celebration that ends at their regular bedtime. Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with little kids who need to be asleep MUCH earlier than midnight.
One of our favourite ways to get in the Christmas spirit is to decorate the house so we were extra excited when Orb Factory kindly sent us a couple decorations to add our to collection this year!
We know the benefits of reading to our kids, but here’s how you can help them process and learn from reading Dawn Baker’s Around Newfoundland
An excess of back-to-school shoeboxes, some paints, paper and marbles = marble art!
Learning letters and numbers for a kid who is obsessed with cars is as easy as ABC-123!
I like crafting, and my kids like crafting; but, honestly, I'm a bit of a lazy crafter. I don't want to spend time searching for ideas and finding or buying supplies. When we want to craft, we just want to get started. This is why I ❤️ craft kits.
This is a true family project that we all contribute ideas too. The kids love seeing their suggestions and activities up on the wall and enjoy crossing them off as much as we do.
Sewing with my oldest granddaughter started when she was 3 and now at 4 1/2, she loves to do her part. This project is quick, easy and perfect for little helpers.