Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: January 17, 2018 (w/linky) : We've Had Some More Snow!

After the snow we had last week that was used to build Winter Wonder, we had some warmer weather which ended up killing our poor snow friend. However, the snow is back, with a vengeance.


Yep, that is me outside without a coat on. Hasn't been possible since that day.


I was going to eat breakfast this morning and go out to do some shoveling. Next thing I knew, Amelia was putting on her coat and boots and offering to do the shoveling.



Then Tabitha joined her.


Later that day they went out to play.





This shot is from our upstairs window.





The next two pictures were taken in the church parking lot. We loved how neat the snow/frost looked.




More snow today.




Tabitha van art.



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

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.



Littles Learning Link Up: Penguins Penguins All Around Round Up


Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning 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

As cold as it is outside, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a round up featuring one of the critters that is famous for living in the extreme cold of Antarctica: Penguins. Last week at co-op we made some cute Paper Plate Penguins, which I will be sharing next week. However, in this round up you will find over 30 other penguin crafts, along with math activities, other learning activities, free printables, sensory play ideas, snack ideas, plus some miscellaneous penguin fun. So, cuddle up under a nice warm blanket and check out these frosty ideas. 



Penguins Penguins All Around Round Up

Penguin Crafts

Mosaic Penguin Crafts for Kids from Easy Crafts for Kids
Cardboard Tube Penguin Craft from Creative Family Fun


Cardboard Penguin Craft from Arty Crafty Kids
Peek-a-Boo Penguin Craft & Fun Penguin Facts from Preschool Powol Packets
Penguin Foot Print Cards from Learning and Exploring Through Play
Penguin Painting for Toddlers from Inspiration Laboratories


Milk Bottle Penguin Craft from The Inspiration Edit
Salt Dough Footprint Penguin from Messy Little Monster
Fingerprint Penguin Wood Slice Ornament from Messy Little Monster


DIY Penguin Pencil Holder from Red Ted Art
Rocking Paper Plate Penguin Craft from Easy Peasy and Fun
Paper Heart Penguin Craft from There's Just One Mommy
No-Sew Sock Penguin Craft from Easy Peasy and Fun


Rocking Paper Plate Penguins from The Pinterested Parent
Mixed Media Penguin Art from The Pinterested Parent
Giant Craft Stick Macaroni Penguins from Fireflies & Mud Pies
Fun Penguin Popper Craft for Kids from School Time Snippets


Super Cute Stuffed Paper Bag Penguin Craft from I Heart Crafty Things
Cupcake Liner Penguin Craft for Kids from I Heart Crafty Things
Pop Up Penguin Craft from Kids' Craft Room
Penguin Craft - Penguin Ornaments from Kids' Craft Room
Easy Origami Penguin Craft for Kids from Artsy Craftsy Mom


Shape Penguin in the Snow Craft from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together



Penguin Math Activities

Penguin Number Mats for 1-10 from Life Over C's
Penguin Math Game from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Penguin Place Value Number Game from Rainy Day Mum
Penguin Ice Flow Counting Game from Rainy Day Mum


Penguin Number Names Activity from Rainy Day Mum
Free: Penguins and Fish Counting from Preschool Activities Nook
Penguin Counting Math Game with Free Printable from Coffee Cups and Crayons


Penguin Educational Activities 
(Including some free printables)

FREE Penguin Life Cycle Worksheets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Penguin Science Experiment from Preschool Powol Packets


Free Penguin Learning Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
Penguins Playdough Mat from In All You Do
Penguin Notebooking Pages from In All You Do
Penguins Tot & PreK-K Pack from In All You Do


Penguins Emergent Readers from In All You Do
Penguins Mini Puzzle Unit from In All You Do
Penguins Writing Activities from In All You Do
Feed the Penguin Colour Game from Rainy Day Mum


Penguins Coloring Sheets from In All You Do
Penguin Lacing Cards from Living Live and Learning
The Conclusion of Our Pp Lessons (Penguin Lapbook) from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together
Penguin File Folder Learning Activities from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together


Penguin Sensory Fun

Penguin Sensory Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Penguin Felt Busy Box from Teach Me Mommy


Small World Penguin Play in the Sand Table from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Model Magic Penguin from 3 Dinosaurs
Penguin Sensory Bin from The Chaos and the Clutter


Penguin Sorting Sensory Bin from Powerful Mothering
Tacky the Penguin Sensory Bin from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
Oobleck Sensory Play from Messy Little Monster
Easy Penguin Sensory Bin from Living Life and Learning


Penguin Snacks

Penguin Snack from Fantastic Fun and Learning


Penguin Themed Food from Eats Amazing
Muffin Tin Monday: Penguin Fun from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together
Penguin Rice Krispies Treats from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together


Miscellaneous

Penguin Books for Kids from Fireflies & Mud Pies 


Antarctica Unit 2 with Free Printables from Every Star is Different
Antarctica: Learning About Penguins from Trillium Montessori
Penguins Galore! Plus . . . from Tots and Me...Growing Up Together



Do you have any fun Penguin Crafts, Activities, or Snack ideas? I would love for you to link them up below.

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 16 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:



This week's top clicked on post is:


Ashley from Forgetful Momma shared Arctic Animals - Science Experiment.

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.





Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 16, 2018


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Meet Happy Bear Board Book Review

Welcome to my first review of 2018. This week I will be bringing you reviews of five board/picture books from Abrams Appleseed. Then next week, you will be able to enter to win in my Appleseed Library Starter Giveaway. This will give you a chance to win all five books I am reviewing this week.

So, let's get started. The first book I would like to highlight is a darling, interactive book called Meet Happy Bear, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros.


In this story the cute little bear cub experiences several different negative emotions. He is sad, worried, angry, and then is found to be crying, so he must be really upset. It is up to a little mouse and the reader to cheer Happy Bear up by doing silly or kind things, such as singing, playing the trumpet, and blowing bubbles. 

As you turn the page, the tab pulls the page so the face changes.



Once you turn the page, it goes back to the original happy face and the new page starts out with a happy face, while the text exclaims that "Happy Bear is happy again!"


The story keeps it simple, just letting the reader know that Happy Bear is experiencing a new emotion. It doesn't go into the details of what happened to make him get sad/angry/worried.


At the end of the book poor Happy Bear is so upset he is actually crying.


It takes cuddles from his mommy to make him all better again.


I just thought this was such a sweet story. Showing that we can experience different emotions, which is normal. I love that the bears name is Happy Bear, and his name doesn't change just because his emotions do. I love that it shows that sometimes simple things can help us be happy again, but sometimes it is okay to need cuddles from mommy. 

The illustrations are adorable. I love that they are bright and bold. The mouse is always on the left while Happy Bear is on the right. The backgrounds are simple, so we can focus on the mouse and the bear(s). 

I think the face changing in the Venetian blind style is quite innovative. My kids have always enjoyed books with tabs that allow the child to manipulate the illustrations. Granted, they don't really have to do anything but turn the page and they seem to "magically" change as the page changes. But it is still fun to watch the face change as you flip the pages opened and closed to watch him change.
There is also the interactive aspect in that the child can be encouraged to help the mouse do the actions to help Happy Bear be happy again. 

I will say, you do need to make sure the child is not being too rough on the page while turning it. Most of the time the page turns smoothly, but there are times it gets stuck, which could rip the page where the tab is attached. I am happy to say it hasn't happened to our book, but our first page was a bit hard to turn when we first received it. 

All in all, this is just an adorable board book which I can't wait to give to one of our grandchildren. 

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see my next book review. 
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