As you are probably aware of by now if you’ve ever been to my blog before, reading aloud with my kids is an important part of my day–and theirs as well. We love getting lost in books. Sometimes, they would keep going, but Momma finally has to get up and tend to something else!
The kids and I also love playing games together. I am convinced that active play with my children builds relationship. The girls are old enough to play games together now without me now as well, and they pull them out often. It gives them a fun TV alternative that engages their minds.
Here are some of the books and games that we have been enjoying lately.
Miss Spider’s Tea Party, by David Kirk
Miss Spider’s Tea Party is a cute little read aloud we love! It’s about a spider who just wants to have the bugs over for tea, but because she’s a spider, they are all afraid of her. Her kindness wins them over in the end, and they all gain a valuable friendship.
Bella’s Rules, by Elissa Haden Guest
We received this book in the mail as a part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. By teaming up with local sponsors such as United Way, Dolly Parton makes it possible for every child to receive one book every month for FREE until their fifth birthday. It is so exciting when we get that book in the mail each month! It’s free to sign up, so click on over to Dolly’s Imagination Library’s Website to learn more about the program and register your young child.
The Laughing Dragon, by Kenneth Mahood
We love reading this funny book. I think we found it at the thrift store or something–I honestly don’t remember! The Laughing Dragon is about a dragon who is adopted as a pet by the emperor of Japan. The jovial dragon has to learn to control his laughter before he reduces the island to ashes with his hot breath.
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action, by Judy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones Books are wonderful read-alouds that combine artful poetic rhythm and humor, along with a mixture of both English and Spanish words. I would highly encourage you to read it aloud to yourself first before reading it to the kiddos, because it can be tricky! It is SO much fun though. They are definitely some of my all time favorites!
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, by David Soman and Jacky Davis
My girls love Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy! We also got this one for FREE from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It is part of a series, and I would love to get the rest of them soon. Join Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy for loads of fun as they save the playground and maybe the whole town!
Parables from Nature, by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
I had never heard of Parables from Nature until I found it on the Ambleside Online Year One Reading List that I started using for Lily (at age 6) mid-year for her schooling. I cry almost every time we read one of the stories! I mean, talk about deeply symbolic and heart-touching. These stories are full of rich language and wonderfully big ideas for your child (and even yourself).
The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew is the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia, and it’s our current read-aloud chapter book we use during Morning Time. Maybe I’m a little new at this level of book love, but I didn’t realize there were seven Narnia books. I thought there were only three–like the Disney movies. We read about one chapter each day, and it’s so good (of course) that we are wondering about what’s going to happen to Digory and Polly while we’re doing other things during the day, like eating or playing.
What books are you enjoying lately?
The girls love playing this one together! We’ve also been know to pull this one out in the hallway at co-op to play with the other little girlies while we’re waiting on Lily. It’s easy enough for my four-year old to play without frustration.
Another fun princess game (you can tell we’re girly around here). This one’s just like the original Candy Land, but with princess stuff from the movies instead of candy. It’s great for young girls to practice their colors and counting skills.
This one is fun! It’s like Go Fish with actual cardboard fish and an actual fishing pole. There are two ways to play, and this one’s also useful for littles to practice their color and number recognition.
Zingo is like Bingo, but zingier. This one is really Lily’s game (age 7). The part that is the most fun is the Zingo tile dispenser that works kind-of like a credit card machine. The kids love to dispense the tiles!
This game is too hard for my four year old, and we learned that the meltdown way! (Anyone else ever ignore the age recommendation on a game or toy before?) Lily and her cousin however absolutely love playing this game. It’s like a glorified Where’s Waldo board game, where you are searching for hidden items on the six-foot long game board.
What are your favorite games to play with your kids? I’d love to hear about them!
Have a graceful and fun day! See you next time.
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