This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club’s pick is the much anticipated “100 Things You Don’t Know about Atlantic Canada for Kids” by Sarah Sawler, published by Nimbus Publishing. Sarah first wrote an article for The Coast called “100 Things You Don’t Know About Halifax” that was wildly popular and it started expanding into more articles, then a book, and now a book for kids!
I was inspired by the fun, lyrical text by Jill Barber and gorgeous illustrations by Sydney Smith in Music is For Everyone to create an activity this month that also combined art and music for our Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club. This activity encourages the children to explore the musical genres in the book further and they end up with a unique piece of art! Bonus, it’s a mess-free activity so kids of all ages (and, yes, you parents will probably want a turn too!) can enjoy it.
Valentines for Veterans is a special way to help your children show their appreciation for some important members of our community.
The purpose of the program is to have community members send a Valentine to a Veteran to show our appreciation and thanks for their sacrifices, but it’s also a great opportunity to take those conversations we had on Remembrance Day and put them into something more concrete and give some love to others in our community.
If you’re a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you’re NOT a Maritimer, you’ve likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.
This month’s pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It’s a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it’s a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We’ve talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story – one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!
This month’s pick is the latest picture book from Shauntay Grant, with illustrations by Erin Bennett Banks. It’s a Halloween book, but not your typical spooky ghosts and goblins Halloween book. This one has a message about owning your choices and being proud of standing out from the crowd. It’s sure to become a Halloween classic in our house.
Let’s be honest. Thanksgiving is a holiday that may be a little lost on some kids. They eat a meal that they don’t especially like (at least my kids don’t), there are no presents, and dessert is usually pie which, for my kids, isn’t even a REAL DESSERT lol
In order to help them understand it a little better, and to involve them in the meal’s preparation, I set up a craft for them to create Thanksgiving Turkey Placemats for each of our dinner guests.
Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let’s be honest, we adults really don’t know the answers to (why don’t lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we’re sharing with you today.
Atlantic Animal ABC, our May Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick, introduces children to collage art. The author, Angela K. Doak, uses all sorts of found materials for her collage work – from junk mail and scraps of fabric, to candy and gum wrappers! This art activity will teach little kids how to create their own Atlantic Animal collage art.
A Harbour Seal in Halifax is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This book is based on a true story from March 2015 and our virtual book club guide has a science experiment, a seal stuffy, a silly song and snack ideas.