Early Learning Books & Activities

Three Promises as Solid as Rock

Sydney Hanson’s charming illustrations are the perfect pairing for the sweet message Christie Thomas has conveyed through her story “Quinn’s Promise Rock.” In the story, little Quinn begins to worry, and her father calms her fears by reminding her of the promises of the Lord’s direction, protection, and presence in her life. He does so by highlighting similarities between God and three different formations of rock. I highly recommend reading it. I genuinely hope the analogies bring as much comfort to your little ones as they do for Quinn!

  • Age appropriate words and tone Yes
  • Age appropriate messaging – Yes
  • Engaging illustrations – Yes
  • Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
  • Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Yes,
    • I would rate this book a 5 out of 5!

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You’ve read the book, now what?

A Wise Man Builds His House upon the Rock

“The foolish man built his house upon the sand. The foolish man built his house upon the sand. The foolish man build his house upon the sand and the rains can came tumbling down.

The rains came down and the floods came up. The rains came down and the floods up. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the sand went SPLAT!

The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man build his house upon the rock and the rains can came tumbling down.

The rains came down and the floods came up. The rains came down and the floods up. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the rock stood firm.”

Singing with your little ones is fun, but it is even more fun with hand motions. If you are not sure of the tune or how the hand motions go, check it out on YouTube and learn this simple, but meaningful song alongside your kiddo.

Owl Vision

I try to avoid technology during these purposeful moments with your children, but go ahead and pull out your phone and google Owl night vision, and depending on their age, choose a video that would be most appropriate to show them how unique an owl’s night vision is. There is a short video that shows some trees through a night vision monocular to simulate what it would be like to see like an owl, or there is a longer video that explains (and briefly shows) how the owl makes an excellent night hunter because of his exceptional night vision abilities.

A “Promise Rock” of your own”

After finding the right rocks, the girls used glow in the dark paint to decorate their reminders that God is always with them. We used glow in the dark paint so that, like the owls, we could see our little reminders even in the dark! Because Matthew was at school, I made him one and added one of the verses Christie Thomas adds in her letter to parents at the end of the book. Joshua 1:9 is written on Matthew’s rock to remind him that he does not need to fear because the Lord will always be with him!

I hope these ideas have inspired you to Read Together and Do Together!

Early Learning Books & Activities

Let’s Find a Way to Play Together

Michelle Lee wrote a charming story about a pig, named Pip, and a bear, named Nico, who want to play together, but have two entirely different ideas of how to play. The fun in the book is watching Pip’s continued creative efforts and growing frustration at the disconnect, while Nico stays steadfast in his desire to play his way. Will they solve the problem, and find a way to play together before the time for fun has passed?

  • Age appropriate words and tone Yes
  • Age appropriate messaging – Yes
  • Engaging illustrations – Yes (sweet and simple for young children)
  • Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
  • Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Potentially
    • I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5!

Playtime Re-imagined!

If you have been following along with this blog, you know my goal is to give you ideas for some activities for children’s books, so that you might be inspired to further engage with your young readers, and keep them growing and learning after the story has ended.

I think reading “Play with Me” offers a perfect opportunity to teach the children about compromise! Today, we put a bunch of games and activities in a jar, and I let each girl pick one. Then I let THEM figure out how best the two activities could be played together. We ended up with “Face paint-Park play.” The girls decided that meant they wanted to paint their faces like a cat and dog, and then go to play at the park for the afternoon. That is precisely what we did!

For extra fun…

If it is a more inside kind of day, or the idea of compromising and blending two activities is a little out of reach for your kiddos, don’t feel overwhelmed! Maybe this is the perfect day to make your own band! We have plenty of toy instruments, but just for some crafty fun, we thought we would show you our colorful rice maracas. All you need is an empty water bottle (small ones work best), a drop of food coloring, and some rice!

Now you’re all set to Read Together & Do Together!