Today’s book is an exciting work of non-fiction FILLED with flaps and pop-ups! DK Canada’s How to Measure Everything!
This sturdy, colourful book is an amazing visual tour of first measurements. We love the interactive qualities! Rulers, scales, clocks, seasonal wheels and thermometers ALL have parts that lift, pop-up, turn or move for little hands to try. And the grand finale is a fully realized pop-up room with things to measure!
Even toddler smalls can get a first sense of the basics here thanks to the bright, easy-to-understand visuals! We think this book is great for your small’s library and a great resource for a teacher classroom as well! Recommended 3.5+up
Annnnd we’re back! This week with the fabulous DK Canada Publishing for a week of Pop-up Peekaboo books to delight your smalls!
First up is Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin because I don’t know about you guys, but at the first hint of a chill breeze, there were pumpkins on my doorstep. All hail Autumn.
We love Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin! A sturdy, lap-size board book filled with Halloween imagery–but in friendly, stuffy toy form for smalls to enjoy without a scare. Huge peekaboo flaps are great for little hands and gorgeous, high contrast Halloween colours are perfect for developing eyes. A Halloween classic to enjoy for many years to come. Recommended ages 1.5 & up!
Spring is sprung here at the blog & we are celebrating with some DK Canada non-fiction books this month!
Today’s title is I Can Grow a Flower a visual guide to how flowers grow. We loved the simple journey from seed to flower in this colourful book as well as the fun lift-the-flaps! We seeded a vegetable garden with our small protagonist inside in our sunny window and have just started hardening it outdoors in the box each day. He’s loved watching seeds sprout just like in our book.
A great first time gardening book for smalls 1.5 & up!
Bonus blog call-out: this book comes with an adorable sunflower size growth chart to measure your smalls!
The final book in our #MakerMarch series with DK Books Canada is Out of the Box by Jemma Westing, a 25 project book of cardboard art!
We tackled a level “hard” project for our final endeavour and spent the week cutting, taping, painting and decorating our “Cardville City”. This project was easily adapted for my three year old with washable paint which kept the mess manageable. We used a sharpie for details and found double sided rug tape invaluable to our building. As I have a train and elevator enthusiast it was fun to add details I knew he would love and the final unveiling was so much fun. He’s had days and days of play out of this too!
The projects in this book range from costume to game to play and also range in level of difficulty. It was SO much fun to build this and worth all the work! Recommended for Maker Parents and their smalls aged 3+up.
Today in our #MakerMarch series is Cooking Step-by-Step via DK Canada Books. A wonderful cook book for smalls with over 50 simple recipes and gorgeous photos to help you enjoy cooking as a family.
We let our three-year-old protagonist pick a recipe and he chose these tasty chicken fingers! We had a lot of fun with the prep and he finally got to fulfill a long-time wish: Mama let him touch raw meat. (so much hand-washing afterwards ha ha). Full disclosure: my son is a particular eater, I truly had no idea if he would try these after all our hard work but he surprised me with his excitement to dig in! AND he liked them! We ALL did! They were simple and delicious and we made a honey mustard dip to enjoy them with. A perfect lunch!
This was a great recipe to get little hands involved. Bowls for dipping and stirring and beating made this an engaging preschooler activity and ours took real pride in “making his own lunch”. Worth setting up the prep on a table they can reach! The rest of the recipes in here all look delicious and straight forward. Tasty fun for the whole family. Recommended for smalls 3 & up and hungry grown-ups everywhere. Yum!
Today in our #MakerMarch series is Smithsonian Maker Lab by Jack Challoner via DK Books Canada. This 28 project book is packed full of science for you & your smalls to explore together!
We tackled Sugar Crystal Lollipops and spent a week growing them in the window in jars! This project required a lot of adult preparation/involvement as it involves boiling hot sugar. We also have an artificial colour allergy in the house so we made our first attempt at making our own colours out of blueberries and turmeric. Our three year old small had a blast dipping the sticks, using pipettes to add colour and then watching our crystals grow in our sunny window. Our final products were pronounced “dee-wishus” and very sweet indeed!
This ambitious tome definitely has more “aged up” activities for kids but many can be adapted to toddlers and preschoolers and the basic science behind everything is fascinating for every age. Our small protagonist was blown away that we could “grow” candy just like house plants. He loved the anticipation leading up to them being “ready”. We pronounce this book: loads of weekend fun for the whole family!
Recommended 3+up for scientists small and everywhere.
Today in our #MakerMarch series with DK Canada is Play With Art a wonderful collection of paper/pencil/paint activities to engage your smalls in play-based art.
We loved this book, whose activities are perfect for younger smalls and engage all the senses in lively play. We chose “fruit and veggie fun” and made “stamps” out of various items from the fridge. The entire activity was worth it for the “ooooo” of delight from my three year old when I told him he could dip food in paint. He really enjoyed dipping fresh rosemary and parsley into the colours!
We used washable finger paint for this activity and some sheets from a jumbo finger paint pad. This activity got very messy very quickly so we recommend letting your small have at it with two adults available to tag-team clean up. (One for kid clean up, one to clear it all away before kid returns to touch it ha ha).
This book had loads of simple, fun activities for hands, feet, fingers and toes. Recommended for smalls 2+up and their grown-ups too!
Today on the blog the first of our #MakerMarch series with DK Canada. We’re going to blog one full activity from each of their exciting maker books to inspire you and your family!
First up is Look I’m a Cook an inspiring cook book for your and your smalls full of simple, creative food ideas to make together. We decided on the Buggy Feast and it turned out to be a blast!
If you’re anything like me, the idea of organizing an activity like this with your busy small(s) can feel daunting. I wasn’t sure how long my three year old would stay with this activity. What surprised me and was a great reminder of the difference between kids & grown-ups was that each part of the preparation held equal weight for my small. We’re so goal oriented as adults, kids just experience things! Taking a grocery list to the store for unusual one-off items we don’t usually buy was a huge part of the fun for my little guy. A “treasure hunt” to collect our ingredients. Organizing the googly eyes into bowls and laying out all the ingredients was a delight for him. He wandered off while his Dad and I decorated but about fifteen minutes later, after watching us, he told us which bug he wanted to make and patiently sat with us decorating his ladybug apple!
The recipes in this book are great for the small-smalls for attention span and then easily convert upwards for more independent kids! Fresh, simple and a great way to get the whole family involved in something easy and delicious! Recommended for you and your smalls 2.5 & up!
We are wrapping our two week DK Canada blitz with this AWESOME Lego City Busy Word Book! Do you love Where’s Waldo AND lego? We do too! This search and find vocabulary book is packed with things to spot and name and each scene has an exciting theme! We might like the rocket ship best.
Definitely for a slightly older small crowd, we place this at a solid 4+up (though our 3yo protagonist enjoyed spotting a few things!). DK, we would love to see a younger, lego duplo version too!
Happy Valentine’s Day from us to you! It’s bunny love for us today on the blog with two cotton-tailed board books from DK Canada!
First up: Pick Me Up Bunny - a lively bunny board book with a handle for small hands. Join Bouncer the bunny as he quests for a delicious carrot and shares with all his friends. A simple, gentle book about friendship and sharing, perfect for smalls 1+up.
Second Up: Baby Touch & Feel I Love You! It wouldn’t be valentine’s without a little book full of love and this bunnies, babies and baby animals book delivers cuddles, snuggles, friendship and smiles, finishing with a peekaboo mirror for baby! A wonderful first Valentine book to share with your babe that can be enjoyed well into toddlerhood with soft textures for little hands to find. Recommended 6 months+up!
From our Small Protagonist to you, may your Valentine’s be a lovely day with your small(s) to cuddle and enjoy! And may these bunnies encourage Spring to come early for all!
Today on the blog BEEEEEEEEEEES! Get the buzz on these important insects in DK Canada’s wonderful The Bee Book by author/illustrator Charlotte Milner. This non-fiction book for smalls is packed with facts on every type of bee and why they are so vital to our environment. Our favourite spreads showed how much work a single spoonful of honey is and how to plant a bee garden to help these important friends! A great read to inspire young nature lovers and promote awareness of the vast magic of our eco system.
Recommended for smalls 4+up - and lovers of the environment everywhere!
It’s double pairs today on the blog! A pair of wonderful #boardbooks and a pair of amazing touch & feel flash cards from DK Canada Books!
First up: Baby’s First Words & Baby’s First Baby Animals. These bold, beautiful board books are bursting with colour and perfect for baby’s developing sight. I know we talk a lot about high contrast imagery for babies - but seriously, they’re wired to love bold, bright colours and stark contrasts as their sight takes leaps and bounds that first year! Pastels might be tempting to grown-ups, but a colour extravaganza is perfect for a baby. These two board books would make great shower gifts! Recommended from birth +up, these books can grow with your small and last into toddlerhood.
Second up: My First Animals & My First Things That Go. We love these touch & feel flash cards! Filled with textures and bold colours and on the back of each card, simple questions to ask your small so they can interact fully with the cards! Our 3 year old protagonist loved shouting out answers and describing the textures. This set can grow with your small and makes for a lively and fun reading and naming activity! Recommended 2.5 & up.
Today’s #boardbook starts a 2 week blitz of wonderful DK Canada books on the blog and finishes with a 3-book giveaway on February 16th!
First up: Colours with Ladybug, a lively, sparkly, finger-trail tale following a ladybug who collects a boot in every colour of the rainbow. Each page explores a colour and has a finger trail your small can trace to find ladybug’s next boot.
This bright, high-contrast, texture filled book is wonderful for babies developing eyes and sense of touch. We love rainbows here at the blog and our 3 year old protagonist asked for this book on repeat, delighted to call out colours, vocabulary and trails as he recognized them. So we recommend this book for babies 6 months+up and toddlers too. A book to grow with them that will be rediscovered at each stage with new things to enjoy.
The last book in our week of DK Canada is Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book. Sophie the Giraffe has stood the test of time as a beloved baby toy and we at the blog have found the books published by DK for this character consistently wonderful. Every Sophie book is a requested favourite at our house.
Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book is a lap sized board book with lift the flaps, textures and peekaboo holes perfect for little hands (and always a fave with my small from a year old and onwards!) We love the bright colours tempered into Sophie’s soothing pastels and the wonderful themes on each two page spread. Quality textures are big and satisfying for curious fingers and the vocabulary satisfied my 2.5 year old who declared with delight “Look Mama, the sun is behind this cloud!”
We love this big, beautiful addition to the Sophie the Giraffe library collection. A great gift for your smalls or for baby showers & tiny toddler birthdays too! Recommended 6 months +up.
Check out our facebook page today, October 27th, 2017, for a giveaway!
Matt the Cat is looking for little grey mouse. Each spread features a little grey tail disappearing behind a window, door or barn, as Matt searches for his friend. Behind every flap is a light activated animal sound! In bright lights these sounds work by themselves, in dimmer light a flash light works great and smalls LOVE shining a light to make a sound!
A sweet punchline finishes this bright, fun, farm animal book: Matt the Cat is hunting little grey mouse because he’s hungry–and mouse cooks him amazing meals! Chef mouse waits behind the last flap, hard at work on Matt’s breakfast.
A wonderful, lively read filled with fun farm animal sounds! Recommended 1.5+up. A great book to give as a gift!
Today’s book is My Best Pop-Up Noisy Train Book from DK Canada, a sprawling lap book filled with enormous pop-up train flaps, loads of details about trains around the world and a big red button full of fantastic train noises.
We loved this pop-up book because the pop-ups are solid, sturdy and easy to open for small hands. Each page tells a story and my 2.5 year old small enjoyed “reading” this to himself and inventing tall tales about trains going underwater and subway doors opening to get passengers. The red button is a toddler’s delight with an array of satisfying train sound effects.
For the enthusiast small, there are tons of fun facts and details about each train. Grown-ups will learn too!
Recommended 1.5 years and up.
Stay tuned for Friday’s post featuring an exciting DK Book giveaway!
Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin follows a series of friendly Halloween characters as they look behind, around and inside some spooky places! Large, simple flaps are perfect for small hands and each of the characters is a photographed toy for extra friendliness - a sensitive detail for such a young audience. Recommended 2+up
Baby Touch & Feel Halloween is a charming, high contrast touch & feel board book filled with bright colours, friendly characters and classic Halloween vocabulary (abracadabra says the wizard!) Bonus blog call-out: the green, sticky mixture in the cauldron features a truly sticky touch & feel that my 2.5 year old small was delighted with! A unique touch & feel experience! Recommended 6 months & up!
Stay tuned for Friday’s post that features an exciting giveaway!
These bright phonics themed count & spot books are filled with high contrast imagery (for brand new eyes!) and loads of things to name and describe for the language explosion in toddlerhood. A wonderful first giftset for any parent to share with their small!
Stayed tuned after Easter Weekend for a big giveaway with DK where you can win an ENTIRE “My First Library” from DK Books!
Next up in our week of #myfirst #boardbooks with DK Canada is My First Baby Animals. We loved the rich, high definition photography in this book–it felt like you could reach out and touch these babies! Lots of familiar themes but some great uncommon baby animals as well! (Bonus! A whole page of baby BIRDS, this blogging mama’s FAVE!) This is an adorable lap read for your smalls (and pretty darn cute for grown ups too).
Recommended newborn + up, a great baby shower gift!
Stay tuned for our end-of-week giveaway with DK. You could win EVERY SINGLE BOOK in my first photograph! That’s right, an entire My First Library!