Category Archives: Kids activities( Ages 4 and up)

Ocean Sensory Bag inspired by Underwater Adventure Bilingual Personalized Book

I feel extremely happy to be associated with Multicultural Children’s Book Day for the third time as a Book Reviewer.
Today’s post includes a book review and how to make a Ocean Sensory Bag with your child .The book I received this year is an Underwater Adventure called Ashrith and the Dolphin, personalized with Ashrith being my son’s name. The story is written by Saskia Reusens , illustrated by ‎Katrien Van Schuylenbergh and publisher Tim Tim Tom .
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of the Underwater Adventure Bilingual Personalized Book and all opinions expressed are my own.
Ocean Sensory Bag inspired by Underwater Adventure Bilingual Personalized Book

Underwater Adventure Bilingual Personalized Book ” Ashrith and the Dolphin ” Story :
A little boy, the main character is allowed into the adult swimming pool for the first time.Suddenely , he feels something tickling his feet..it is a dolphin ! He goes underwater on the dolphin’s back. It is the beginning of an amazing underwater adventure. A Sea Turtle is tangled in a fishing net inside a shipwreck. Can he save the turtle ? And will he manage to earn his swimming certificate at the sametime ?

My thoughts on the book :
At first glance of the book and you know it’s a colorful with beautiful illustrations. The story is imaginative and children instantly get attracted to adventure and story line.The main character in the story is adorable and many kids can relate to this sweet boy who is all excited and nervous to swim in the big swimming pool. As a mother, the story made me recollect and refresh my son’s swimming memories.
Personalizing the book with child’s name makes the book even more special. While ordering the book you have several options to choose from, right from the title name, to the skin color and hair color of the character.
I like that story is written in very simple words for little kids to follow.The other option for customization is languages, you can choose two languages of your preference from several languages.I wish they had Indian languages like Hindi or Telugu to pick from but I am glad we chose French as my son would love to learn the language when he is in Middle school.English and French are the two languages we chose for our book.
When we received the book, I was amazed with the high quality of the book cover and pages.This bilingual book is informative for young readers about the underwater like ocean animals, seaweeds. I like that it passes a sweet message that Humans can take better care of the ocean and its animals.
My kids opinion : The Story is interesting and feels like Iam swimming in the ocean.Even though Iam 9 years old , I couldn’t put the book down and the illustrations are amazing!
This book is magnificent and Thank you for sending us a copy !

Ocean Sensory Bag inspired by Underwater Adventure Bilingual Personalized Book
Discover the underwater adventure as you make this Ocean Sensory Bag with your child.Sensory bags are great to make and fun to play especially for elementary age kids . My student Medha came up with this brilliant idea and drew the pictures looking at the book. Then with the help of my son , we made the Ocean sensory bag.
Materials Needed :
Plastic bags I used Galloon size
Little foam stickers
Paper cutout of drawings made by kids
Glitter
Sand
Water
Blue Liquid water color
Shells ( missing in pics )
How to make a Ocean Sensory Bag
Instructions :
Kids draw the characters and ocean animals with pencil on a sheet of paper .
Then we color them using Markers and paints .

Use scissors to cut these shapes .

Take a jug of water ,add drops of blue liquid watercolor to it .Water turns into beautiful blue just like underwater.
Pour this water into a large plastic bag.
Add glitter and sand to the water.

Now add a second bag to the above bag to create a layer .
In this pocket add all the art pieces , foam stickers to create a underwater scene.
Then seal the bag with duct tape to secure if you are giving to toddlers .


If the kids are older they will enjoy the process of making a sensory bag and if you have little ones, it will be a fun quite time activity .They will love squishing the Ocean Sensory bag !

More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

 

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

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Fluttering Butterflies Mobile craft  – A Butterfly is Patient 

Whooo hooo ! The spring weather seems to get better , can’t wait for more sunlight , chirping birds , long nature walks and fluttering Butterflies .
Today ,I’m sharing one of our favorite nature book  ” A Butterfly is Patient ” by Dianna Hutts Ashton .

It is a beautiful , informational kid’s book about butterflies and its life cycle . The book has colorful pictures with cursive writing describing each quality of a butterfly with complete life cycle. The book also mentions about various varieties of butterflies and migration which quickly grabs the attention of any elementary age kids . We created Fluttering Butterflies Mobile craft to go along with the book , inspired by its amazing illustrations .
 Fluttering Butterflies Mobile craft  – A  Butterfly is Patient
Materials Needed :
Sticks /Twigs
White acrylic paint
Color and Metallic Acrylic paints
Brushes ( sponge brushes and regular brushes)
Paper plates
White cardstock
Butterfly punch ( optional )
Color Sharpies
Gem/Jewel embellishments
Satin Ribbons
Hole Punch
Instructions :

Collecting Twigs on a nature walk is first step to start this craft activity  . It is super easy to find and collect twigs if you visit  any of the State parks or local parks .
Clean the twigs under running water for a while to clear any mud or dirt and then wipe it dry with a towel .
Now it’s time to paint ! Add a coat of white acrylic paint and if you still see the dark bark color , add another coat of white paint . We used sponge brushes to add white paint to the twigs.
Once the white paint dries , Create patterns , add stripes or any design of your choice using different acrylic colors . We used Metallic acrylics like gold and silver for a lovely shimmering look .
While the twigs are drying , we can start making Butterflies. You can either cut your own butterflies out of white cardstock or use a butterfly punch or buy readymade cardboard butterfly die cuts.
 I was lucky ..this step got a little simpler because I had these precut white cardboard butterfly die cuts which were supposed to be perfume testers in a pharmacy store .
Once you are ready with your white butterflies, use  Sharpie Markers to color and design it in your own style . We made identical wings meaning the same design and colors on both sides of each butterfly to look similar when it swings and flutters .
Decorate them with gem stones and embellishments to create a pop up beveled look .
Add a hole punch to the butterflies and add  Satin Ribbon to them , tie and secure .
Add a long Ribbon to each end of the twig and secure it as a wall hanging . Now , It’s time to hang each butterfly onto your twig . When all the butterflies are secured on the twig ,hang them in your room and watch them flutter !
 Fluttering Butterflies Mobile is looking pretty and colorful just like the illustrations in the book. Kids enjoyed making these and were excited to hang them in their bedrooms .
Quick Tips : Taking extra care is very much needed as  acrylics paints are not washable , we did all the painting  in our garage . Spread some sheets or table covers for kids to sit because painting will get them messy .
* The project can be done in parts spending few minutes everyday or can be done in couple of hours in a day .
* Kids wanted to use metallic golds and silver so we have those on the list as well but you can always customize . Maybe , adding a little glitter doesn’t harm..though we didn’t get do it but lot of creative ideas to explore as long as kids are entertained. This craft can be a cool spring project or even a summer project when kids are at home .
Extension to this activity : Take the kids to a butterfly Garden  and watch and observe fluttering  butterflies   .  We stay close to Hershey , so we enjoy the Hershey Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens  . There are 500 – 600 butterflies from around the world in a tropical setting that features colorful plants and a soothing water

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Looking for more book based craft ideas ?
Me and my fellow bloggers have it all covered for you .I’m linking this craft up to the National Reading Month Challenge! Please visit and take a look at the other book-related crafts and activities to get your kids excited about reading because “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”- Joseph Addison !