Book of the Week
In speaking with librarians from Minnesota, we learned that Moo, by David LaRochelle, and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka is the official “Once Upon a Reader” book for the state. These librarians raved about the book, and we had to check it out for ourselves. Turns out, Jason loves this book, too, and he has some wonderful suggested crafts to go along with it!
This funny book has one word: Moo! This story about a mischievous cow on an adventure is best told in very dramatic fashion. The scene that makes our 5 and 2 year olds roll with laughter is when the cow tells her version of a car crash to a police officer. Imagine, “Moo! Moo-moo-moo-moo. Moo?” If you read with gusto, the whole book will elicit a great deal of giggles. My daughter loves this book so much that she has been sleeping with it!
App of the Week
In preparation for our daughter’s first dentist visit, we have been playing with an app recently recommended by our curators: Pepi Doctor. This app features culturally diverse kids who visit the doctor and dentist, and both of our kids love it. Since our daughter is also in love with Doc McStuffins, this app is particularly fun for her because she gets to help “treat” the patients. There is also a neat parent “grown-up stuff” dashboard to help you engage in conversation and activity related to this topic.
Craft of the Week
I recently discovered Zentangles, possibly the simplest craft most engaging craft ever, especially for 4-6 year olds! You can throw out the “how-to” Zentangle books, and just create your own. You need simply a black marker and a blank sheet of paper. I started off drawing the outlines for my son, but now he likes to create his own. You draw connected shape outlines (like those pictured), and then ask your child to make different designs for each shape. I love this craft because it allows for complete creativity and has no “wrong’ way of completing it. One of my favorite bloggers introduced me to this craft, and she gives more detail (plus examples) here.