Our children’s book of the week is part of the world-famous Moomins series. Adults and children alike find things to love in the quirky characters. Here are five things to do, inspired by the story.
- How to draw Moomins
Jim McGee shows you how to recreate Tove Jansson’s drawings of Moominvalley characters.
2. How to make an origami star
Moomin finds a special pebble, but is it really a star? Create your own star with this origami tutorial.
3. Twig stars
Here is a different way to make a star, this time out of twigs.
4. Moomin storytime with Sophia Jansson
Discover another classic tale from Moominvalley, read by Sophia Jansson, the author’s niece.
5. How to draw Moomin
To finish up, we found another quick drawing tutorial featuring Moomin.
Goodnight Moon is a classic American picture book from the 1940s written by Margaret Wide Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It tells the comforting story of a young bunny wishing goodnight to all the objects in the “great green room”.
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Boo Boo Baby has lots of fun bouncing from animal to animal – but here comes a… rhino! “Boo hoo!” says Baby Boo Boo, so the animals comfort her, bouncing her back to bed. This is a wonderfully soothing bedtime story from the author of Handa’s Surprise.
Continue reading “Children’s book of the Week: Booboo Baby and the Giraffe” →
Lucy the giraffe can’t sleep – the zoo is full of such a lot of different noises. Ellie has the solution – she organises a way for everyone to live together and express themselves in a beautiful way.
The ‘Ellie in Concert’ orchestral suite
Andy Jimenez has composed an orchestral suite for the book. Listen to it here, accompanied by an animation based on Mike Wu’s illustrations.
Cardboard tube elephant craft
Mike Wu’s ‘Ellie’ books are proving very popular. Here is a cute elephant craft for fans of the books.
Panpipes craft for kids
‘Ellie in Concert’ shows us that it is possible to create music out of surprising ingredients. This is a great way to make a musical instrument out of 8 drinking straws.
Paper plate hippopotamus craft
This craft takes paper plate animals to another level, without being complicated. The result is very comical hippo with impressive teeth.
DIY music shakers
Music shakers are a great way to enable children to explore music. We particularly like these cardboard tube shakers decorated with tissue paper.
Lola can’t imagine a world where she will ever eat tomatoes, carrots, peas, fishfingers or mashed potato. Will her brother Charlie’s stories help Lola to change her mind?
Make your day a Book Themed Day!
A Book Themed Day is an awesome way of bringing stories to life – especially when it comes to mealtimes. The Happy Mummy site suggests creating some delicious tomato-themed dishes with your child here. The bruschetta looks particularly appealing!
Make a vegetable–themed superhero cape
Charlie uses his imagination to encourage Lola to eat different food – in a similar spirit, here is another imaginative way to celebrate vegetables.
Grilled veggie skewers
Kids love getting involved in creating veggie kebabs – and building these colourful skewers might broaden their vegetable horizons.
Charlie and Lola paper dolls
The traditional activity of making paper dolls gets the Charlie and Lola treatment. Have a go at making your own over here.
This is a very cute project for Lola fans and a great opportunity to showcase their colouring skills.
In ‘I Want My Hat Back’, a bear is searching for his missing hat. He meets various animals along the way, and he receives a lot of different answers to his question. This is a funny story which ends with a twist. Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back” →
This week for our children’s book of the week, we have We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. This is a wonderful tale of adventure as a family bravely venture out to find a bear. We’re not scared, are you? Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” →
Errol loves growing plants at home – in fact, he is an awesome indoor gardener! We found five ways for kids to enjoy the story and to do some real and imaginary gardening. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs” →
At our regular story and craft session we made these cute shamrock faces to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
We started with a template of a shamrock printed onto green paper and drew on a face and added googly eyes. Next we put a small amount of tissue paper and then stuck on the other side of the shamrock to make it puffy and finally tied a piece of ribbon around the stalk.
Hope you all had a great St Patrick’s Day!
Our next Story & Craft will be on Saturday 8 April.
Our old friends Canela Fina! delivered yet another great event for Brompton library with their chocolate event for children. We had a full house with everyone champing at the bit to get to the eating part of the event. Of course, that came at the end, so before that we had a history of where chocolate came from and how it’s made, all with graphics on our screen, and then the chocolate song with hand actions that was so fast in the end no-one could keep up with it… but had great fun trying!
Then came the part that everyone had been waiting for – tasting the white, brown and black chocolate before drawing pictures of the Aztec god of chocolate (I hadn’t known there was one!) and then, even better, being given two little doughnuts to decorate with chocolate sauce (white and brown) and sprinkles.
Well, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you?