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A Tasty Combination

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A Tasty Combination

Two of my favorite things are reading and eating.  Combining the two is a heavenly combination.  Help your child become involved and connected with a book by eating foods that are highlighted in a story.  The picture to the left might look unappealing at first, but imagine fixing these green eggs after reading the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham.  Or picture following up a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a progressive meal filled with some of the caterpillar’s snacks (lollipops, cherry pie, pickles, etc.).  Not healthy enough for your liking?  Munch on blueberries...

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Bringing Books Alive: Cookies and Playdough

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Bringing Books Alive: Cookies and Playdough

With just a little bit of planning, you can make stories come alive for your child.  Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow follows the story of two best friends: a yellow blob and blue blob.  After becoming separated from one another, the blobs are overjoyed when they finally meet.  They hug each other tightly and create the color green.  Involve your child with the book by giving him a ball of blue playdough and a ball of yellow playdough.  Before showing him what happens when the blobs hug, have him squish together the balls of playdough.  Then ask him to predict what he thinks...

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Bringing Books Alive: Airplanes and More

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Bringing Books Alive: Airplanes and More

When my family and I took an airplane trip recently, I packed several plane stories to take along on the flight so that my oldest son could connect the illustrations he saw in books at home with the super-sized real deal.  Hands down, his favorite story of the bunch was Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker.  The illustrations closely matched his view from the passenger window and the author detailed the ins and outs of an airplane’s life.  He saw real life baggage handlers loading luggage into the belly of the plane, just like the workers in the illustrations, and as we...

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