Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids. We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor. They LOVED it!
My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages. She didn’t walk until 18 months. She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words. She is no where near there yet. The words she does use are mostly just the beginning sounds and she doesn’t use them in the right context yet. Her language mostly consists of me saying a word, and then sometimes she will repeat it.
Because of this, we were referred by our pediatrician to get some extra help for our daughter? I’m both relieved and hopeful. The more help we can get now, the better for her later!
One of my daughter’s favorite games to play in her program is this cute little sorting game. It is so simple and easy for even young toddlers, but it is lots of fun! Plus with this one game you accomplish a couple different ways to play.
To play the Toddler Sorting Games you’ll need just a few things:
- 6 tin muffin tin – I found one at the dollar store (You can use a muffin tin from your kitchen but only sort in 3-6 of the compartments. If you use all the tins it can be too overwhelming)
- Colored sorters – You can use colored pom poms also from the dollar store or these counting bears I found on Amazon.
You could also use something like colored mini marshmallows or fruit loops but we had a hard time sorting them because they were all getting eaten to quick!
Play the Toddler Sorting Games!
To begin, put a different color item (whatever you’re using) in each muffin tin cup.
Next, hand your child one sorter at a time and ask your toddler to find the match. If they get it wrong just say “nope, try again!” You might have to help for the first few times tell they figure it out.
Continue sorting them one by one until they are all full!
Once your child can match up all the colors than you can continue the play while teaching them new things. Here are two different ways to play.
Variations of the Toddler Sorting Game
For this toddler sorting game you’ll set it up the same as before with one sorter in each tin compartment. Next you hold up two different colors, one in each hand. Example: one red and one blue. You then ask “Do you want the red?” (and show it to them) “Or the blue?” (and then show that one). Let them pick, and have them try to say the color once the pick one. Then they can match it up like in the first game.
With this toddler sorting game we are teaching colors. Set it up the same as the previous games. This time you can offer the child a whole bowl of sorters and ask “find the green.” Once they find the green one have them match it all up with the green in the muffin tin. Repeat with various colors until the muffin cups are full. If the child picks the wrong color just say ”nope, try again!” until they get the correct color.
With these three different variations you can help your child to 1) recognize the differences with the colors, 2) be able to say the names, and 3) then finally doing it all on their own!
I know this is a simple game but my toddler has so much fun and it is an easy way to teach toddlers colors and words. I think it would also be fun to try with different objects like dinosaurs and cars mixed together.
Have you played any fun games to teach your child concepts and words? I’d love to hear what worked for you!
This Sunday the world will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday! In honor of the man who contributed so much to the lives of children everywhere I’ve created this free printable of Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss! If you’d like to print out these fun facts about Dr. Seuss simply click on the image or the link below it. It will print out without my watermark.
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Whew! I know how you feel.
By the time March rolls in, I’ve just regained my balance from Thanksgiving and Christmas tripping over themselves. And then, was that New Year’s and Valentine’s Day that just whirled by?!
Sometime these little holidays don’t seem worth the trouble, and can tug at your time and attention.
Well, sit back and relax, because with little effort, time and these easy St. Patrick’s Day activities you can pull off a St. Patricks Day your children will love! I searched high and low to find you fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day activities that won’t wear you out.
For younger children, here is a cute story about Leprechauns your kids will love. Recited with much gusto and a little whimsy your little ones will be absolutely delighted:
St. Patrick’s day is the day we search for Leprechauns and their gold! Leprechauns are small just like you - with a beard and hat. The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Sometimes their pots are so full that they spill the gold pieces on the ground. Leprechauns love to play tricks and have fun, but never want to be seen. If you are wise on St. Patrick’s Day, you will find them. If ever caught, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for being set free.
Loopy Rainbow Craft by One Artsy Mama
This adorable craft includes supplies you probably already have. It’s great for fine motor skills too!
Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft by Sassy Dealz
Your kids will have fun with this simple craft perfect for them where they get to practice cutting, gluing and painting.
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs with Honey Cinnamon Yogurt Dip by The Seasoned Mom
Perfect for breakfast or lunch – chase the rainbow with these yummy fruit kabobs. There is even a pot of gold (honey) to dip in!
St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt by Moms and Munchkins
These fun printable clues for finding their treasure make this easy St. Patrick’s Day activity a sure hit.
Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable! by Yours truly
And don’t fret about getting pinched – I’ve got you covered with a free St. Patrick’s Day printable! May I suggest you and the Mr. wear one? *Disclaimer- Intended for immediate family use. I can’t be held responsible if you try to wear this out and about.
(Don’t worry, the printable will print out without the watermarks.)
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs.
Early childhood education has always been very important to me. Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations).
While I don’t believe in drilling my kids for hours on end in a boring, creatively desolate environment
oh, wait, I do send my kids to public school, I do provide ample opportunities for them to learn through play. Current technology has given parents a wealth of fun, creative and educational games and programs for our children’s enrichment.
Recently, I was introduced to an online computer learning system called “Reading Eggs”. Reading Eggs is a fun and engaging program designed for kids ages 3-7 who are learning to read. With over 120 lessons Reading Eggs provides fairly comprehensive reading introduction and instruction.
My middle son, “Little Brother”, is about to turn four and has been reading simple three to four letter words for a while now. He is so excited about learning to read and I am eager to harness that excitement and give him something that will teach and challenge him.
Sign up was really simple. You can actually receive a free 5 week trial to decide if you like it before you subscribe. That is really helpful. If your experience has been anything like ours, 5 weeks will give your child a healthy boost in their reading ability.
Once I got Little Brother all signed up I opted to have him take a skills test so the program could start him at his current level (as opposed to starting him at lesson one). After his assessment the program started him on lesson 20.
Here is a view of the home screen where they con see their progress, choose lessons, or play fun learning games.
I have to say that I am very impressed with the program’s teaching style. The concepts are introduced in a systematic way that very effective in teaching children of all learning speeds. Having previously been a therapist and tutor I can also say that the Reading Eggs Program would be great for children with learning delays and autism.
To give you a little bit better idea of the
Reading Eggs Read-to-Cure Challenge
Right now Reading Eggs is doing a really fun fundraiser for the National Children’s Cancer Society, and they’d love to have you and your child participate with them!
- If you don’t already have an account, sign up for a free 5 week trial of Reading Eggs to participate if you don’t already have an account.
- From February 3 to March 7 have your child complete as many books and Reading Eggs lessons as they can.
- Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts, and all money raised goes to the NCCS.
There are (6) great prizes up for grabs: (3) for the most money raised in the Read to Cure and (3) for the most books and lessons completed in the Read to Cure!
If you don’t have young kids of your own and would like to make a donation you’re welcome to make a donation on Little Brother’s donation page.
To help kick off this great event, Reading Eggs is giving away an iPad Mini!
Here are the details:
- The giveaway will be open on Monday, January 20 and end Friday March 7, 2014.
- One winner will be selected to receive one (1) iPad Mini valued at $299.99,
- To enter the giveaway, entrants must register and activate the 5-week free trial on the Reading Eggs website between 1/20/2014 to 3/7/2014 with their name, child’s name and postal address.
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Teaching my oldest son to ride a bike has been much harder than I ever anticipated it would be. I just figured my son would hop on his bike, I’d hold the back seat and run with him up and down the block for a couple days and then he’d be off, riding on his own.
Unfortunately, things haven’t quite worked out like that. His perpetually leaning training wheeled bike has taught him to expect his bike to tip over at any moment. Cautious by nature, training wheels, made to “train” children to ride a two wheeled pedal bike, have done the exact opposite for my son. The training wheels have taught him to fear bike riding and decreased his confidence in his ability to learn to ride.
I was first introduced to balance bikes as a means of teaching children to ride two wheel pedal bikes without ever getting on a tricycle or training wheeled bike over a year ago. Unfortunately, all of the balance bikes I could find were too small for Big Brother.
Thankfully, Strider contacted me and asked me to review the Strider ST-4 balance bike. Talking with Co-owner Joe McFarland I learned that Strider Balance Bikes have an amazing age range. The Strider balance bikes, or running bikes, are designed for ages 18 months to 5 years old. They also have an Extra-Long Seat Post with Saddle that extends the range of the bike even further. The XL Seat allows my 6 1/2 year old to comfortably cruise!!!
As a side note, but not an unimportant one, my almost 4 year old also loves the XL seat. His only complaint with our other balance bike is that the saddle hurts. The XL Seat is the size of a standard kids bicycle seat and is lightly padded.
For a more in depth look at the Strider ST-4 balance bike check out my YouTube review…
Here is a great illustration of the age range adjustability of the Strider balance bikes.
Here are some of the other great features of the Strider ST-4 Balance bike.
EVA polymer tire
The custom STRIDER ultralight wheels use a durable EVA polymer tire that is maintenance free and never need air. These wheels are lighter than an air filled tire, meaning the bike is even easier for your child to control.
This ergonomically designed Mini-Saddle on 220mm Seat post was created just for toddler hips. Smaller, narrower and lighter than a typical saddle, this seat allows for proper riding posture and proper sizing. The weather proof plastic seat means no rips or tears and can take a beating from snow, rain and wind, as it should. The STRIDER is intended for both indoor and outdoor play! Quick-Clamps On the ST provide no-tool assembly and easy adjustments.
Uniquely integrated into the frame and positioned to allow development of advanced riding skills. Beginner STRIDER riders will walk along with their bike, but as as they learn to coast and balance, these patented footrests are the perfect and natural place for the youngster to set his/her feet. Advanced riders will ultimately use these footrests to learn to pump and stride – oftentimes, never needing to sit down.
You can see all the Strider balance bike styles and accessories available at StriderBikes.com.
Watch some pretty awesome videos of little guys and girls on their balance bikes on Strider’s YouTube Channel.
With Valentines Day coming up next month I knew I just had to find some cute way to do my daughters hair. I tried a couple different ideas and this one was a simple and adorable way to dress up the casual ponytail making it into a heart! So here it is! The Heart Ponytail!
- Squirt Bottle
- 1 large elastic
- 3 smaller elastics
- Topsy Tail tool (or something similar)
To start off, make sure the hair is brushed smooth. Then squirt it with water and pull it up into a pony tail. Put it smack dab in the middle of the back of the head. You don’t want a high pony on top or a low pony on the bottom. Secure the pony tail with the large elastic band.
Next insert the topsy tail tool from the bottom so it is poking up through the top
Now you feed the hair through the hole just like you would thread a needle
Now you pull the stick up and pull the hair through making it flip upside down
Divide the pony tail into two. A right side and a left side
Grab one section of hair and braid it. I stood on her side so it made the braid, turn sideways as I braided it down. Once you reach the end secure it with a small elastic band.
Repeat on the other side now.
Once you have both braids hanging down secure them with the third elastic band!
Spray with hairspray and your ready to go! A cute little heart on the back of her head! You could add a bow or ribbon if you wanted but I thought it was cute to just see the outline of the heart.
When it comes to kids and cooking, there are at least two things I know for certain. First, they want to do it, too. Second, they’re always ready to taste whatever it is they’re mixing up.
In that sense, cooking and crafting have a lot in common in the kid-participation department: No matter what type of project you’re working on, they want to ‘help’ and there’s a 95%+ chance at least some of it will end up in someone’s mouth, especially when littler kids (aka, babies and toddlers) are involved!
Here’s a way to combine the two in a perfectly blended cooking/crafting project: DIY edible paint for toddlers (that’s also safe for babies). And the best part is that they can help and taste to their hearts’ content…although you’re probably going to want a camera handy because the look on their faces when they taste the salt is priceless!
This simple tutorial for textured paint craft for toddlers is made from things you already have in the cupboard and will provide hours of non-toxic fun for your little ones. So, gather the materials, tie on a bib (yours is optional!) and let’s get to mixing.
Textured Paint Craft for Toddlers and Kids
Get your paint station set before mixing up your paint. Compile the following ingredients:
- ½ Cup Flour
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1/3 Cup Water (as needed to thicken/thin out consistency)
- Food Coloring
For our textured project, you’ll also need a sturdy stencil like these animal print ones:
I selected this one because it doesn’t have as many fine details and delicate strips that could get damaged by little fingers.
1. Mix together the ingredients and tint your paint to the shade you want using the food coloring.
*Tip: If you have slightly older kids in the kitchen, use this opportunity to teach them about proper measuring techniques and how to make sure they are measuring the right amounts.
For example, flour (and other dry ingredients) should be measured into a dry measuring cup and not a liquid cup because the measurements are different and your end product is affected by inaccuracies, especially in baking.
2. Attach the self-adhesive stencil to a sheet of wax or freezer paper to practice before moving on to an actual sheet of paper. When little painters are involved, having a wipe-able surface to start out with makes it easy to scrape off errant paint and start over again without having to use a new piece of paper each time.
3. This is where the texture comes into play. Smear globs of the paint onto the stencil and smoosh around in random dabs (yep, technical terms, all of them). Your kids can use a soft spatula or their fingers to smear the paint and get a tactile sensory experience to boot!
4. Keep coating the stencil like you’re icing a cake until it’s completely covered.
5. From here, carefully peel back the stencil to reveal the awesome pattern beneath.
6. Pop the sheet into the microwave for about 15-20 seconds until the paint has hardened.
7. Now that the paint has firmed up, your kids can run their hands over the textured surface and feel what they made with their own little hands!
8. If they’re ready to move on to the official ‘canvas,’ grab a sheet of copy paper and repeat the stenciling process.
Check out this raised texture that your DIY paint and stencil created!
This stenciled textured paint artwork looks great hanging on a wall, on the fridge or in your office. And doesn’t it look so much more advanced than a toddler’s work? Next stop for your little artist: The Metropolitan Museum of Art!
What other fun painting projects have you done with your kids?
Rheney Williams has three nephews and one niece under the age of 6, with one more on the way next spring. In addition to writing about paint projects for The Home Depot, Rheney loves sharing her DIY passion of all things crafty and creative with children and adults who are kids at heart.
Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Is your daughter anything like mine–she wants to be just like mommy? She love to help in the kitchen, pretend dress-up or carry a purse just like I do. I’m so excited to have found the cutest products for my “mini mommy” from TollyTots by JakksPacific. The Tolly Tots Graco baby toy line has everything from toy strollers, highchairs and play yards that are perfect for your little one and their baby dolls. Look how cute this Baby Doll Playset is! I love the play mat for baby to lay under and play!
It comes with everything that your little girl would need to play with their baby dolls for hours on end. I just love the bright new colors and up-to-date toy strollers. Look how much fun this duo jogger toy stroller is! It’s like mine but 100 times cuter! (I wish this one came in my size!)
The Duo jogger is perfect for you child to play mommy and push her babies around to run errands through out her day. The Duo Jogger has room for 2 dolls and will fit dolls up to 18 inches. It is recommended for ages 3 +. My daughter loves to push her baby around in her toy stroller. She is two and, although she can push the stroller, she can’t get the baby buckled so she always comes and asks me to help her with that. I just love how she even knows that her baby needs to be buckled in just like she does! I know, she’s pretty smart, huh!?!
So if you have a little mom in training than you should check out the Graco toy products by TollyTots. They have so many fun products that are just like moms!
Graco Duo Jogger Retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at Toys R Us.
Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
While growing up, every year for Christmas I received a doll. It was a tradition, and I loved receiving them. My mom loved Cabbage Patch Kids so those are the ones I typically got, and I still have all of them to this day. So naturally when my first born was a girl, she got a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas when she was 3. Unfortunately, she is not the doll type. But this year, I am very excited because my baby girl LOVES dolls! She carries them every where, and loves to feed them and push them in a stroller. It’s the cutest thing in the world. And with the Cabbage Patch Kids “Fun to Feed” Babies I know she is going to love feeding this cute doll. Look how adorable she is!
Cabbage Patch Babies are sweet, unique and so special for the baby in your life. Soft, cuddly bodies, removable bedtime fashions, and a variety of accessories create the ultimate in nurturing play! These 12.5” Cabbage Patch Kids “Fun to Feed” Babies include either a magic disappearing milk bottle or food bowl with spoon, removable fashions, a Birth Certificate & Adoption Papers with a unique name and birthday, and the original baby fresh scent of Cabbage Patch Kids! The Cabbage Patch Kids “Fun to Feed” Babies offer the ultimate nurturing play for young girls and boys with the nostalgia of the classic Cabbage Patch Kid for mom. With various different removable fashion styles in a large variety of silky hair colors, eye colors and ethnicities, little mommies and daddies will love caring for their newly adopted Babies!
Did you know that this year Cabbage Patch Kids celebrates it’s 30th birthday! So to celebrate, they have a brand new Birthday Celebration Kid! Look how cute she is!
30th Birthday Celebration Kids
Celebrating the 30th year of Cabbage Patch Kids. Celebrate with us by adopting your very own 30th Birthday Celebration Kid. Just like real kids - they play, go to school, and enjoy a great party with their friends and family. The 30th Birthday Celebration Kids are 14 inches in size. Each girl comes with her own Cup-cake Hair Comb accessory and each boy comes with a pair of Fashion Glasses. Both Boys and Girls have the nylon hair with color highlights.
If you’re looking for that perfect gift for the girly-girl then you should check out the Cabbage Patch Kids. They have many different types of adorable dolls. Just look how cute these little Cabbage Patch Cuties are!
Adopt your Cabbage Patch Kid today! Celebration Kids retails for $34.99 and recommended for ages 3+. The Cabbage Patch Baby retails for $24.99 and their recommended age is 2+. Both can be purchased at your local Walmart, Target, Kmart and other various retailers.
Finding holiday treats for kids with egg allergies can be a challenge. For the last few years all I have wanted to do is decorate gingerbread houses with my kids. But since they have egg allergies I never attempted it…until last year. We were invited to our friends house to build gingerbread houses. My friend said there was only one egg in the gingerbread so she was sure the kids would be fine. Of course I ignored that voice in my head that told me not to do it. I figured we would be really careful and the kids would be okay.
You can guess what happened next. Yup, my son had an allergic reaction. Hives all up and down his arms, all over his face because he decided to rub his eyes and then his tummy was sick. He was in tears telling me he was so sick and just wanted to go home and lay on the couch. I was in tears. I was so worried about him, and I was so mad at myself for allowing this to happen. And I was so mad that my kids don’t get to participate in such fun traditional activities.
Needless to say I learned from my mistake from last year. This year I decided that we can still have fun egg free Christmas treats and we decided to create candy decorated Christmas trees! This is what you need to get started for a night full of fun, laughter and memories!
- Green frosting or green food coloring to make white frosting green!
- Ice cream cones
- Coconut for snow
- Mini m&m’s
- Mini candy canes
- Any and all other candy you can find. I thought the snowmen peeps would have been fun to add on but I never found any
To get started give each person a plate with an ice cream cone turned upside down. Then let them dig into the frosting and start frosting their trees!
Oh they can just eat the frosting too! :) You gotta love those 2 year olds! They are just so stinkin’ cute!
Next decorate! We did coconut for snow and m&m’s for ornaments!
And when your done you have this!
We had such a fun night and the kids loved this activity! It was perfect for the Holiday season! Next time I’m gonna look harder for those peep snowmen though. They would have been so cute in our winter wonderland!
Disclosure: I received the follow product from Taylor Joelle Design in exchange for this gift guide feature All opinions and thoughts are my own.
I don’t know about you guys but with the holiday season approaching, we have so many different parties and get together’s to attend to. We start with Thanksgiving and then I feel like we don’t stop until next year! It is always so much fun to get together and see all our family and friends but it sure keeps me busy! And I have to be honest but one of my favorite things about parties is getting all dressed up for them! So naturally I love to dress my kids up for these parties too and I love shopping at children’s clothing boutique’s! That’s why when I was introduced to Taylor Joelle Designs and their new clothing line “Black and Bright” I knew it would be perfect for any upcoming events we had.
Taylor Joelle’s Black and Bright Collection is full of yummy, vibrant colors. They’ve incorporated traditional black and white with luscious colors of tulle and knit fabrics Each piece is designed to be both comfortable and stylish. Just look how adorable this is and I just love the children’s clothing boutique look!
Check out this cute skirt we were lucky enough to try out! It is the Black and Bright Tutu Skirt with Leggings. Isn’t it adorable! It is such a fun skirt because it has a hot pink layer of tulle on top with a watermelon red layer underneath. And it is so comfortable with the black and white built in leggings. It retails for $40.00.
Here is my daughter in it. She is quickly approaching two years old and she is quite stubborn! I couldn’t get her to stand up for a picture but she is still pretty cute in it!
This little girl is 21 months old but still fits into 12-18 month clothes. I got the skirt in an 18-24 month and it is still kind of big on her. I keep thinking she is going to grow but she hasn’t hit that growth spurt yet! So I would say the sizing on it is probably true to size. I also didn’t realize that it said to wash on a gentle cycle and I just threw it in on a regular wash. It came out looking perfect but I did have to untwist the elastic waistband but I blame that all on me for not following instructions! It also says to lay flat to dry which I did and it came out looking great.
If you’ve been looking for some stylish new children’s clothing boutique wear for the holidays then you need to head on over to Taylor Joelle Designs and see the Black and Bright Collection. They also have other collections like the Black Tie Collection
Taylor Joelle is having a big Black Friday Sale and you are not going to want to miss it! So make sure you head on over and get some cute new outfits for all your upcoming Holiday Parties! Also check in with them on facebook! They always announce their new hot deal of the week and also the new upcoming collections!
Disclosure: I received the following product in exchange for this gift guide feature. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.
I was so excited when I got the opportunity to introduce you guys to our next Holiday Gift Guide feature from iHome eKids. Not only is it SO adorable but I think this would make the perfect gift for all those music lovers out there. My daughter is always asking us to turn the music on for her through our TV, because that is the only place we have access to play our iPod music through. But with this portable stereo speaker for kids she is now able to take her music everywhere she wants to go! She loves having the freedom to sing and dance all through out the house, outside in the yard and now even at Grandma’s house!
So now I want to introduce you to the iHome Disney Minnie Mouse Portable Stereo Speaker System. This portable, water-resistant sport case speaker fits into anyone’s lifestyle. It securely holds your MP3 player in a lightweight zippered case so taking it on the go is a breeze! And look how cute and trendy it is! Girls of all ages would love this! (I love this and I am definitely not that young!)
Here are some additional features of the portable speakers
- Premium stereo speakers for great sound
- Tough, lightweight, water-resistant speaker case allows you to take your music anywhere
- Hardwired line-in cable works with all iPod models and other MP3/CD Players
- Clear window provides access to iPod or any MP3 Player controls
- Retails for $39.99
iHome has some other really cute products. Check out this adorable rechargeable speaker!
If you’ve been looking for some iPod or MP3 accessorize then you definitely need to check out iHome and see all the things they have to offer. And yes, they even have great products for us adults! I’m looking at getting this alarm clock for my husband. We’ve been with out one for a few months now and I know that’s one thing on his list for this holiday season.
My kids love to be read to and I have found that the best time that works for us is right before bed time. They get in their pajamas, brush their teeth and then we all sit down for a story. So when I was asked to review some new books from Craigmore Creations I knew these would be a hit with my little guy. Craigmore Creations is an independent publishing house located in Portland, Oregon. Their books, celebrate the earth through art and storytelling. Craigmore Creations create graphic novels, books, picture books and education tools that all share a common thread of natural history. And these 2 new books are about Bronto, a prehistoric dinosaur and his adventures. Here is a quick synopsis of the books.
Amid the leafy branches of a Jurassic tree, one kind-herted Apatosaurus comes upon a nest of pterodactyl eggs. He looks all around, but their momma is nowhere to be seen. Bronto is compelled to protect these new fledglings when disaster strikes. In this tale of caring and camaraderie, join the world’s bravest Bronto on his quest to help little wings take flight!
Bronto, the big-hearted gentle giant, is back after the volcanic eruption in the Jurassic. Now, in the changing landscape of the Cretaceous, his devotion to his dinosaur friends is momentous. The Sauropods take to the hills and the Pterosaurs take flight, but one Ceratops herd has taken to the forests. When the forests become perilous, heroic Bronto rises to the occasion to aid his comrades. However, he finds he needs some help in his pursuit!
In these books, the author, Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg introduces young minds to science, dinosaurs and adventure and even weaves in facts about dinosaurs and the earth as it existed back then. As I read these with my kids they enjoyed the cute stories of Bronto and his adventures but I really enjoyed the amazing illustrations. They are hand-painted watercolor and ink and are truly beautiful books. If you have a dinosaur lover in your family these are definitely something you should check out. My little guy is almost 4 and he loved the books. He really likes dinosaurs so he thought these were really cool!
Both books retail for $14.99 each and the suggested reading age is 4-8. They can be purchased online from Craigmore Creations or ask for it at your local bookseller. Also check out their other books at Craigmore Creations, facebook and twitter!
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