Tenzi

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Tenzi is  a MUST HAVE game for your nanny bag or household game.  Family game night will be an automatic hit with is activity. Tenzi is fun, challenging and it slides math skills, probability principles and logical skills into the mix. The purpose of the game is to roll the dices until you have all the same number and then you yell TENZI.

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School age children will love to add the 77 Ways to Play  as well. It takes the Tenzi game to the next level.  Imagine singing a song every time you roll your dice while trying to beat your opponents. Laughter is bound to burst out and memories will be created.

Sample Cards

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I Need My Monster Activity

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I had a blast creating this DIY Monster Doll using It’s Always  Autumn Felt Monster Pattern. I had extra Halloween fabric so I decided to use that instead of felt for the body. I am very pleased with the outcome.  This adorable doll will accompany me as I read I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll to my little buddies. 

DIY Monster Doll

Supplies

Instructions

  • Cut out the monster pattern out of fabric.
  • Cut out felt eyes, mouth or teeth.
  • Hand stitch the felt piece on the front panel of doll.
  • Put right sides together and sew a 3/8 inch seam around the the monster. Be sure to leave a gap so you can turn the doll inside out.
  • Use a pencil or chopstick to make sure all the curves are pushed out.
  • Fill the doll with Poly-Fil. I would recommend making the doll firm by using an ample amount of filling.
  • Hand stitch the opening closed.

Bonus

I would also recommend watching Rita Moreno’s wonderful rendition of the I Need My Monster story on the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Storyline Online.

 

 

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Activity

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One of my favorite stories is If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff. If you read the story in a silly voice and with lots of expression, you are bound to make the children giggle as they hear the story. It is a fabulous book to practice sequencing skills.

Extension Activity

Bake muffins together as a family and read the story after they come out of the oven.

  • For toddlers and preschool age children,  I would allow them to pour the ingredients in the bowl.
  • For a school age child  I would teach the child how to measure and use a mixer.

Muffin Recipe Suggestions:

I love Leia Bushman’s Brown Sugar Buttermilk Muffins  from Eat it & Say Yum. The muffins will melt in your mouth and make you want seconds. I hosted a toddler taste testing and the child and the adults loved it. Here is her recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter- slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375.
  2. Spray the muffin pans.
  3. In a bowl mix together the butter and brown sugar.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Mix it together.
  5. Add the flour to the mixture.
  6. The batter will be thick and easy to scoop about 2 tablespoons into each muffin pan.
  7. It should make about 18 muffins.
  8. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes and then serve them.

Be sure to check out her other muffin recipes as well.  They all look delicious.

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Giraffes Can’t Dance Activity

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This summer I read  Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker -Rees and instantly fell in love with the story. If you have a child who struggles to fit in or feels like no one likes them, I would take the time to read this story. It celebrates UNIQUENESS and being who you are created to be.  A WIN WIN in my book.

Extension Activity

Host a Dance Party. Add a little twist by playing Freeze Dance  where the child dances until the music stops and has to freeze like a statue. It will keep the child listening, laughing and dancing.  Older children will want to look at your hands so they know when your are pausing the music so keep them guessing by dancing crazy yourself.

I’ve created a Just Dance Playlist to get you started. HAPPY DANCING!!!

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