Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: December 7, 2016 (w/linky) : Fun With Melk the Christmas Monkey

With the arrival of Advent came the return of Melk the Christmas Monkey. He has been busy at night, getting activities ready for the children. These activities help us focus on the coming of Jesus.
This is our third year with Melk, and we all love him very much. If you would like to learn more about Melk, I invite you to check out my review from a couple of years ago: Creating Christmas Memories with Melk the Christmas Monkey.

Making an angel:


Getting his countdown chain hung up.


Gotta love how he climbed up there.


Children making their countdown chains while Melk watches.






Melk made his own Christmas tree because we don't have ours up yet.


 He wanted the children to help decorate it while he slept. They were very quiet.





He planted peppermint seeds and left some for the children to plant. We love watching them grow into candy canes.



A relaxing weekend day where Melk didn't have anything for them to do.


Making our countdown Christmas tree because mommy hasn't had time to.




Hiding candy canes for the children to find. He always forgets that he gets stuck when he tries to climb onto the couch to hide one.



Melk will be around through Christmas, so I will have more pictures to share later this month.


Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Tots and Me


Littles Learning Link Up: Celebrating the Birth of Christ Through Literature - 10 Christmas Books that Focus on the true meaning of Christmas, Plus a Round Up


Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (usually toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

It's time for this month's Round Up

Last month I tried something different for my round up post. I shared a selection of Thanksgiving books that focused on the first Thanksgiving and then I shared a round up of Thanksgiving Book lists that other bloggers have compiled, plus craft/activity posts that went with Thanksgiving books. I decided to do the same thing this month and may continue this through the new year.

This month I decided to compile some wonderful books that focus on the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus. Some of these books we have had for a while, some I have even posted about here on Tots and Me; however, some are new books I just discovered at the library. One was even introduced to us at church this past Sunday during the Children's message on Children's Sunday.

As I did last month, after I share my book selections, I will share a list of posts that also compile Christmas books, then there will be some fun craft/activity posts that focus on books.  I hope you find some new books to share with your children this Christmas.

Celebrating the Birth of Christ Through Literature
Round Up

10 Books that Focus on the True Meaning of Christmas



First, some books for young children.


A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck


Christmas is Here, illustrated by Lauren Castillo


Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones


Asleep in the Stable by Will Hillenbrand


Where Jesus Slept by Norma Lewis
(You can see my review of this book here)

Here are some books that share stories of Christmas symbolism.


The Candymaker's Gift by David and Helen Haidle
(You can see our activities for this book here)


The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg


Benjamin's Gift by Barbara E. Bull

These last two books help us to look at the importance of giving and what the coming of Christ has meant for the world.


The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie


If He Had Not Come by Nan F. Weeks, reintroduced by David Nicholson
(You can see my review here)

More Christmas Book Lists:

Carrie from Crafty Moms Share shared Must Read Christmas Books.




Carrie from Crafty Moms Share also shared Getting Ready for the Real Christmas.


Elissa from Mrs. Jones' Creation Station shared Nativity Books for Little Learners.


Amy from Encouraging Moms at Home shared Best Christmas Picture Books to Share With Your Children


Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do shared 12 Christian Children's Christmas Books for Little Learners.


Crystal from It's Fundamental shared 21 Christmas Books with a Christian Theme


Corine from Books by Corine shared Three Books to Add to Your Christmas Book Countdown.



And here are 9 fun craft/activity ideas 
to go with specific Christmas books:

Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom shared Candy Cane Pipe Cleaner Ornament Christmas Craft to go with The Candymaker's Gift


Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom also shared Animals' Christmas Carol Craft to go with The Animals' Christmas Carol.


Carrie from Crafty Moms Share shared Focus on the Nativity to go with The Story of Mary.


MaryAnne from Mama Smiles shared Nativity Books and Crafts. In this post she shares two Christmas nativity books and a couple of nativity crafts to go with them.


Karyn from Teach Beside Me shared The Legend of the Candy Cane Craft to go with The Legend of the Candy Cane.


Karyn from Teach Beside Me also shared The Legend of the Three Trees Craft to go with The Legend of the Three Trees.


Amy from Life at Lanhams shared 5 Days of Christmas Unit Studies. Here you will find links to 5 separate unit studies for 5 Christmas books. 


Several years ago I shared a craft to go with the book Asleep in the Stable by Will Hillenbrand.



A few years ago, I shared a review of Corine Hyman's downloadable activity ebook, Why I Give, which supplements her picture book titled, Why I Give Gifts at Christmas Time. I invite you to check out the review to see the different activities that are included as well as what we thought of the book.



What are your favorite Christmas books that you read to your children?


I am lining up guest posts for the new year. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

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Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 17 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

Don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:



And here is this week's top clicked on post.


Tara from Homeschool Preschool shared Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars and Activities.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time, if applicable. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

I would love if you could share my button. 

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