Virtual Book Club for Kids: Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! by Mem Fox

The author this month for Virtual Book Club for Kids is Mem Fox. Now Mem Fox has many wonderful books, so it was hard to choose one, but since this year we hatched ladybugs and have been focusing a bit on them, I thought Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! was the perfect one to share. Plus the bonus that Hazel LOVES reading it. Of course she also LOVES looking for the hidden ladybug on the pages.

For those people that do not know about the Virtual Book Club for Kids, we are a group of blogs that present a book by the chosen author of the month with a craft or activity to go with the book and host a blog hop for all of us to add ours and for you to be able to add to if you have an activity or craft to go with a book by the selected author. The blogs that host this great book club are:

Toddler Approved- The Educators' Spin On It- Rainy Day Mum3 Dinosaurs- Learn~Play~Imagine - Crafty Moms Share - Reading Confetti- Inspiration Laboratories - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Kids Yoga Stories - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom- Ready-Set-Read - Boy Mama Teacher Mama - PlayDrMom - Fantastic Fun and Learning - Growing Book by Book- Royal Baloo - The Outlaw Mom® Blog - Kitchen Counter Chronicles - Teach Preschool - Mama Smiles - Coffe Cups and Crayons - Juggling With KidsHere Come the Girls-

Now back to Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! This book is a very simple book which is also helping with Hazel's reading progress.  The same words are written on every few pages. The best part of the book is that the reader needs to look for the hidden ladybug in the pictures. Hazel loves hidden pictures and such so she loves this book.

We made a simple ladybug craft with some glass beads for vases. We took our black paint marker and colored heads, antennae, wing line and dots. On a couple we tried adding a head of a small pom pom, but we decided we liked the drawn ones better.

One of the ladybugs we raised
Once we made these ladybugs we were ready to hide them and have a ladybug hunt. One of Hazel's favorite things to do (we still have to hide Easter eggs all year long). And of course our ultimate ladybug activity this spring was raising them from larvae. We recently released them into Hazel's garden.

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Now it is time for the blog hop!! Check out all these great ideas to go with Mem Fox books and if you have one, please link it up!!

Mother's Day: Taking Time to Reflect on Being a Mother

Lately I have been reading a couple of parenting books recommended by fellow bloggers and it has made me really evaluate what kind of mom do I want to be. It has also made me really think about my goals and dreams for Hazel. So for Mother's Day I thought I would share this with you as well as some of the things Hazel has made for me this year. First the books. The first book was recommended by Giselle from Kids Yoga Stories and it is Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.

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Wow, what great ideas were shared last week!! If you have not checked them all out, you should!! There was not one most clicked, so I picked a few favorites in two categories for you. The first being spring and Mother's Day themed and the second being painting.

1) From Tot Schooling: Easy Mother's Day Pop-Up Card
2) From JDaniel4's Mom: Mother's Day Pictures for Homemade Cards
3) From Toddling in the Fast Lane: Magazine Flowers
4) From Sparkling Buds: Making Yarn Flowers Using Building Blocks
5) From Sparkling Buds: Easy Paper Flower
6) From Crystal's Tiny Treasures: Paper Plate Sunshine Craft

1) From Parenting Chaos: Paint With Flowers
2) From Mini Monets and Mommies: Kids' Nature Art Activity: Painting with Plants!
3) From Where Imagination Grows: Train Painting
4) From My Nearest and Dearest: 13 Fun Ways to Play and Create with Paint

Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 


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This week we shared our easy Minnie Mouse napkin rings for a birthday party, Hazel's garden/meadow to go with On Meadowview Street, our outdoor play and explorations, our needle felted acorn capped strawberry craft, and an easy pressed flower vases for gifts for teachers or moms made with a recycled jar.

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Needle Felted Acorn Top Strawberry

So yesterday I mentioned we had collected some acorn caps when we walked back to our car after checking out the swans. After letting them sit for a few days to make sure there were no bugs in them, we wanted to needle felt some acorns. Our plan was to bring them to school as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. I tried to choose wool roving colors for different seasons and one of them was red. Hazel commented on how the red one looked like a strawberry. We decided to make strawberries. Since we have already shared our Strawberry Exploration, we will just share the craft today. We painted the caps green first.

While the paint dried we began needle felting. We took some red roving and rolled into a strawberry shape. Then we needled it as much as possible. I have some safety needle felting tools for Hazel to use, but she did catch her finger once. I always had to finish them since she was afraid of holding them and needling. We also decided to make some unripe ones so we could show the progression of strawberries. 

For these we mixed some colors to make them look like they were ripening. Once the shapes were solid enough, we glued them into the caps. Then let them dry overnight. Now we have some lovely needle felted acorn top strawberries. Hazel decided she wanted to keep all the strawberries and acorns we made for herself and give them to the teachers, but she also wants to make more.

For more ideas on strawberries (mostly recipes) and fruit explorations:

Spring Fever = Time Outdoors!

Spring has finally arrived in New England!! We went from below average temperatures to warmer than average and lots of sunshine this week. I am loving it and so is Hazel. As a result, our craft ideas are put aside for being outside. We have been exploring nature and just playing. Here are some of our adventures from this week.