It's my turn this week to recommend one book, one app, and one craft that we are using at home. Enjoy, and thanks to Born Reading for organizing these weekly roundups!
Book of the Week
Our curator and librarian/blogger extraordinaire, Mary, recommended Paul Meets Bernadette, and it has become a household favorite. The book is a sweet little tale about perspective and friendship between two goldfish. My favorite part about reading this book with our kids is seeing how my son really gets the humor in the book. Sometimes books are written with jokes that have double entendres for adults to enjoy, but this humor in this book is straightforward and very much meant for little minds. Every time we read it, Cassius gets the giggles. He and my 2 year-old also love referring to the fish’s perspective in the book. When we’re in our kitchen, they’ll point to a milk carton and exclaim, “Mama, look at that huge building!”
App of the Week
My daughter is obsessed, OBSESSED with the Sago mini apps. Her two current favorites are Bug Builder and Pet Cafe. We made our first attempt at potty training this weekend (don’t ask), which meant a lot of time around the house. I had to refer back to Born Reading for some tips about prying her away from the iPad. The Sago series of apps are more play-based than explicitly educational, and they inspire a great deal of conversation between the two of us. She loves using every color to paint her bugs, and the cafe app gave us a chance to practice counting down from ten. Each app is $2.99, or you can buy packs of three for a discount.
Craft of the Week
My son, who doesn’t love drawing or crafting, has recently become taken with the idea of creating “abstract art.” Thank you, Montessori. It has actually made it much easier to get him excited about creating artwork at home, and I noticed that he was using very specific patterns with his colors to create his masterpieces. I remembered a post from “Talking Math With Your Kids,” all about creating practicing pattern recognition with our children. I started a game with him in which I draw a simple pattern, just lines of red/green/yellow, for example. Then he finishes the pattern to the edge of the paper. Each time we do it, I make the pattern slightly more complicated: red/green/red/yellow, and so forth. He loves this game and now tries to trick me by creating his own patterns for me to mimic.
Okay, okay, admittedly this is not a craft. But it is arts-related, and also a great way to engage kids, especially those who would rather be hitting a ball than picking up crayons and glue!