My adventures in after-school storytime volunteering were on hiatus for a bit - blizzards and illness and random Boston holidays were the culprits - but this last Monday I was back on the job bringing Barefoot books and fun crafts to the four-year-olds at my daughter's school...
This week's activity was based on the book The Real Princess - A Mathemagical Tale.
This is a story based on the old Princess and the Pea tale, but with a few math tricks thrown in! Primo, the eldest son of the King and Queen, has to find a real princess to marry so he can become king himself one day...but he needs a little help from the nine magical golden peas in his mother's counting house in order to find a REAL real princess!
After we read the story, the kids made feather beds for the princess, complete with a golden pea underneath! Here's the feather bed I created at home while preparing for the activity:
My inspiration for the craft to go with this story came once again from the Painted Paper blog, but I had to adapt the activity to be a) less messy than paint and b) appropriate for younger kids. My original idea was to use strips of fabric that the kids could glue down, but then I found these great books of card stock for scrapbooking that had fantastic designs on them, perfect for creating the look of bedsheets and blankets, and they were on sale too so I snapped them right up for this project!
I used my paper cutter to create strips from the card stock, and then cut each strip in half. Then I cut strips of black construction paper to use as the headboard, footboard, and bottom of the bed, put some star stickers on the tops to make the bed a little more royal, and used a tiny yellow pom-pom for the golden pea. I put it all on a piece of purple construction paper, because of course a royal princess needs a purple room, right?
Here's what the prep looked like at home...
And here's what it looked like as the kids were glueing their little hearts out...
In this story, the Real Princess feels the golden pea beneath nine mattresses and ten feather beds, so each bed we created needed 19 strips of card stock - which was just slightly higher than the counting skills of some the kids in this group, so the teacher and I had to keep counting their beds for them to see how many more strips they needed.
If you try this craft, let me know how it goes!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, over at my personal blog, I wrote a post that was part of Share a Story-Shape a Future. I thought a few of you might be interested in reading it and learning some new ways of looking at books that might not be about what you think they are about...
Let me know what you think!
Let me know what you think!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Great news everyone - the sale to celebrate Barefoot's beautiful brand-new website has been extended until Sunday March 24th! Enter the code NEWSITE when you check out and you will save 20% on your entire order!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Barefoot Books has redesigned our website and it is fabulous! A fresh new look, easier to navigate and find what you're looking for, and lots of fantastic new resources!
- Looking for arts and crafts activities based on our books? We've got that!
- Are you a teacher who needs a lesson plan based on one of our books? We've got that too!
- Want to start a book club for kids featuring our books? We've got discussion guides!
- Want to find out more about future books and even give your input directly to the Barefoot editors? Then step inside the Creative Cauldron, one of our new public forums!
There's so much more to explore, too - take a peak and let me know what you think!
AND to celebrate, we are offering customers 20% off all orders between now and March 10th with the discount code NEWSITE!
Step inside our new site and save!