Sunday, 31 May 2015

Toddler Book Club - session 3 "How to Catch a Star"

I've recently started a "book club" for toddlers in our home (you can read more about how it works here - but the schedule has changed since!) and would love other bloggers to join in - so if you fancy reading the book and then doing a related activity (either what we do or something different), let me know. If you'd like to join in without blogging just leave a comment, or if you blog about it, give me your URL and I'll update the post to include your link :)

Here's a link to our first two sessions:
Elmer by David McKee
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss



It seems an AGE since our last Book club so I'm excited to share this one with you. D was originally given "How to Catch a Star" as a present on his 2nd birthday - it was his first Oliver Jeffers book but we love it. It is about all the ways a boy tries to catch a star so they can become friends.  The story is full of imagination and the illustrations beautifully simple. 

Snack: star shapes
In keeping with the "star" theme we got out a selection of star cookie cutters and icing plungers we have and D got to work. He made some multicoloured sandwiches with wholemeal and white bread. He made some star "stackers" (7 layers of bread and cheese, all in star shapes) and then "star-cored" some apple slices. Not only did he have fun making star shapes, but he made his own tea in the process - perfect!

Activity: wax resist watercolour painting
We did some wax resist watercolour pictures, with stars/the sky as our theme. I used a wax crayon to draw some stars and squiggles on a sheet of watercolour paper and D drew his own picture on another page. He then painted over both pictures with various coloured watercolours. It's such a fun way of painting and D loves watching how the paint "runs away" from the crayon marks. Initially I envisioned him using a dark blue colour to represent the sky but I gave him a few different colour options and  (as you can see!) he much preferred the red option! :)

How did it work?

This book club was slightly different as due to a chickenpox scare (Iz was exposed and in that very annoying no-spots-yet-but-could-still-be-contagious phase) the other toddlers didn't come as both had little siblings and big holiday trips approaching. So it was just D, Iz and myself. But we had lots of fun reading the book and D loved making his own tea (and being in charge of all 9 paint colours! Lol).


At our next book club we're reading "Paddington". If you've done any star-related activities I'd love to hear below. Or if you're planning to join in next time it'd also be great to hear from you :)

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