Welcome to the sixth installment of the Popping Book Nook! This wonderful free book club includes a lot of your favorite bloggers and will be taking a themed monthly topic and selecting a book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the last Monday of the month we will all present our books and something homeschooling related, like a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook. These will not be planned out, or mapped, or set items that you need to create, it is simply up to the participant to reach into their bag of tricks and secrets and share something themed related to the book that they selected. The age range of each project will also be selected by the participant so it can range from Pre-K to 12th, the sky is the limit. Please make sure to follow along with the Poppins Book Nook on Facebook or on Pinterest!
I hope that you and your children have fun learning about what all the other participants are doing with fairytales this month. Last month was beach/ocean, so this month’s fantastic new theme is anything related to the fairytales! When setting out in search of the perfect fairytale storybook that got my creative mind running so I did not select a storybook title that I originally had in mind when we went to the library. When I started brainstorming about fairytales my mind went immediately towards Grimm fairytales such as Rapunzel. Then I went to the library and all plans were thrown out the window (as can often happen when you spend loads of time at the library digging through the shelves) and our family went in a completely different direction when we found a gem I had not seen before.
We found the storybook ‘The Fairytale Cake’ by Mark Sperring. In this stunning picture book the King and Queen of Hearts bake a ginormus birthday cake that they have to push throughout a magical fairytale world to eventually present it at the home of a little boy just in time for his birthday. While there are very few words in this storybook, the fairy tale is told through the busy and colorful images of the various characters from other fairy tales and some of our favorite nursery rhymes joining together to help the King and Queen of Hearts deliver the birthday cake. This story leads itself to ask the question: What journey does your child’s birthday cake actually make in order to be presented to them on their special birthday? It got our creative minds wondering…
So, to go along with this book I decided to create this cake-tastic storytelling activity! Perfect for children of any age to stretch their creative story telling skills and create their own Fairytale Cake adventure. Beck and Elizabeth had a wonderful time filling and telling their stories with rich details:
The only downside to this activity was that our youngest of 4 dogs, Jessie, automatically was positive that when Beck placed the paper around his face that he was indeed a stranger and her stranger danger senses went right into effect as you can see below. Silly puppy! But what a story element it was when Beck’s story had Jessie, our puppy, chasing everyone around on his cake’s journey.
To download a copy of this activity click the link below:
Clip art by: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleRedsClipArt
After completing the activity, what kind of Mom would be if we did not enjoy a Fairytale Cake of our very own (before we ate dinner, nonetheless, which is almost unheard of in our household!) While I am a baker at heart and normally leap at the chance to bake nearly anything, our soaring summer temperatures squashed my desire to flip the switch and turn on the oven, so we ordered a cake at our local bakery instead.
Here are just a few wonderful fairy tale themed storybooks:
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Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the August Poppins Book Nook. Next month the Poppins Book Nook is on to the topic of the school. Beck, Elizabeth, and I are planning on creating another creative and innovative activity to share with you! Please make sure to hop on over to all of the other magical blogs participating in the Poppins Book Nook this month to see what other fairytale fun they came up with to share with everyone:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – 3 Dinosaurs – Monsters Ed – Chestnut Grove Academy – Growing in God’s Grace – Royal Little Lambs – Life with Moore Babies – Teach Beside Me – The Usual Mayhem – Mum Central – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Kathys Cluttered Mind – Toddler Approved – Growing Book by Book – Adventures in Mommydom – B-Inspired Mama – The Fairy and The Frog – Edventures with Kids – Learning & Growing the Piwi way – A Gluten Free Journey – No Doubt Learning – Preschool Powol Packets – To The Moon and Back – Our Crafts ~N~ Things – Farm Fresh Adventures – Are We There Yet? – Hopkins Homeschool
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NEW! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky winner will win a copy of A First Book of Fairy Tales! The winner must reside within the United States. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: