Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kevin Henkes GIVEAWAY {Summer Virtual Book Club} - CLOSED

Congrats to our giveaway winner Danzel over at Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes!

I've got exciting news!

This month, Harper Collins is sponsoring a book giveaway week with many of the blogs that are co-hosting and featuring Kevin Henkes's books for the Summer Virtual Book Club.

Juggling With Kids has one free copy of Sheila Rae,The Brave to giveaway to our readers.  We are excited to share one of our favorite Kevin Henkes books with you!

Here's how you enter the giveaway:
Simply add a comment stating that you did each of the following:
(Please include your email address with each entry)

1. Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with your email address below.
** Please remember to leave your email address with your entry. That is mandatory to enter into the giveaway.

2. Additional Optional Entries:  Tell us the title of your favorite Kevin Henkes book.

*** Make sure to leave a comment for each additional optional entry so that we can make sure to count it. You get one point for each entry. If you write everything in one comment, then it will only count as one entry.

Entry Guidelines:
- This giveaway is open for entry from Tuesday, August 21st to Tuesday, August 28th at 11:59pm (PST).
- The random entry will be drawn on August 28th and announced on this post. I will notify the winner via email.
- The winner will need to reply to me within 72 hours of this announcement/email. If there is no response, a new winner will be drawn.
-This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
- See our Official Giveaway Rules for complete guidelines.

Here are some other blogs that are doing Kevin Henkes book giveaways during this week... so go and enter their giveaways as well!
Chester's Way- Toddler Approved
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse- Mommy and Me Book Club
Chrysanthemum- Teach Preschool
Old Bear- No Twiddle Twaddle
My Garden- Crafty Moms Share
Chrysanthemum- Ready.Set.Read!
A Good Day- Adventures in Reading
Old Bear- Reading Confetti
Wemberly Worried - The Eductors' Spin On It
Penny and Her Song - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Jessica - Crayon Freckles
Owen - Royal Baloo

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to Juggling With Kids and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for Juggling With Kids.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Harper Collins. I was not compensated for this post.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Virtual Book Club - Kevin Henkes

This month, our Summer Virtual Book Club for kids read books by Kevin Henkes.  One of our favorite Henkes books is Sheila Rae the Brave, which is about a young mouse who claims she is brave, until one day when she decides to take a new route to get home.  She ends up getting lost and starts to feel scared, until her younger sister shows her the way home.

I decided to combine this book with a fun and simple memory game to learn about our neighborhood and/or community.

-Map (print from google maps)
-Toy car (optional)

You can choose to do this activity on a smaller scale (just around the neighborhood), however I made a larger scale map and made one of our community.  Just go to Google Maps and print out a few pages of your neighborhood or community.  Then cut off the white edges, align the streets and tape the map together.

Once the map is made take a walk with your child(ren) around the neighborhood or go for a drive.  Stop in various locations and point the locations out on the map.  Mark the location with pencil with an X to remember the area you visited and take a picture of the surroundings.

Once you get back home.  Upload the pictures to the computer and print them out.  I took nine pictures for this game and made wallet size prints.

Have your child cut the pictures out.

To play the game, have your child match the photo with the locations that you marked on the map with an X.  If they are having trouble remembering, discuss with them what you sights, sounds, smells, etc. that you may have discovered as you walked or drove down each street.

He's happy that he matched all the pictures correctly.

An additional activity:  See if your child can remember the exact path you walked or drove by driving a toy car along the map.

Win a copy of this wonderful book, Shiela Rae, the Brave by entering our giveaway.  Giveaway ends August 28th.  

The Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids is a place for bloggers/parents/teachers, etc. to explore some fabulous authors and new books! Each month we will study a new author and each participant will choose a book (or more than one) to share on their blog by that author. Each month we will have a link up where we can share any book-related activities, projects, etc.

Here are the authors for this summer and linky dates:
June 18th- Mo Willems
July 16th- Don and Audrey Wood
August 20th- Kevin Henkes

We hope you enjoyed our post! If you've done a Kevin Henkes activity, join the fun and link up with us and all these other wonderful bloggers!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids: August

We are getting ready for our next Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids series that will showcase Kevin Henkes books on Monday, August 20th.  What are your favorite Kevin Henkes books?  There are so many great books to choose from:  Sheila Rae the Brave, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, Owen, Penny and Her Song...the list goes on and on!

If you missed our June post, featuring Mo Willems or Don and Audrey Woods, be sure and check it out and the many other wonderful posts that are linked up to it.

Come join the fun with us! 

All you have to do is:

1. Pick your favorite book by Kevin Henkes and read it with your child.

2. Create an activity, project, craft, cooking project, etc. related to the book and do it!

3. Come back and share it with us as part of a big Kevin Henkes Blog Hop on Monday, August 20th!

4.  Be sure to become a fan of our Facebook page Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's creations! ;-)

Be sure and stop by these other fabulous blogs, who are participating in this Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids as well!

Toddler Approved

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's our 1 Year Blogiversary!

I can't believe that it's been a year since I started this blog!    I just want to say a big thank you to all my wonderful followers!  When I started this blog all I wanted to do was to share some easy and fun activities, crafts and recipes that people could do with their kids...never did I expect the number of followers I have, nor did I expect to meet other wonderful kid bloggers around the world.  It's been an amazing journey!  We hope to continue our journey on a regular basis again soon since our busy summer is winding down.  We hope you will stay tuned. ;-)

Meanwhile I just decorated my very first cake with fondant!  I wanted to bake a special cake for my 1st blogiversary. And so I asked a friend of mine, who has been teaching herself how to decorate cakes with fondant, to help me out.  She ended up encouraging me to enter a cake decorating contest that she wanted to enter on Threadcakes.com.  I was a little skeptical in my ability to actually replicate a design from their huge gallery of designs (if you take a look at some of the artwork you will see why). But we sat down and looked through all the images and I ended up finding a couple that I thought I could replicate. I ended up choosing "Skyrides" because I thought it was adorable.  It's not a perfect duplicate of the photo, but since it is the first fondant cake that I've attempted to make, I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself. ;-)  I definitely had a fun time making this cake, and I learned so much from my friend.  

Thanks for following Juggling With Kids!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia: Anzac Biscuits

This month we went down under and traveled to Australia.  We weren't quite sure what we were going to make at first until I stumbled across Anzac Biscuits.  We found it interesting because these biscuits originated around World War I and were called Soldier Biscuits.  Basically the mothers and wives of soldiers would make these biscuits for the soldiers overseas because they were cheap to make, they were non-perishable, and they provided sustenance and nutrition to the soldiers.

We almost didn't make this recipe however, because we needed to go to a specialty store that sold golden syrup.  But I am glad we made the trip over to get the syrup because we loved this recipe!  The biscuits didn't last more than two days in our house and the kids want to make another batch.

-1 cup Rolled oats
-1 cup All-purpose flour
-1/2 cup Sugar
-3/4 cup Shredded coconut (we used the sweetened)
-2 Tbs. Golden syrup (I found it at the World Market stores here in the U.S.)
-4oz Butter
-1/2 tsp. Baking soda
-1 Tbs. Hot water

First preheat the oven to 325 F and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

Then in a large bowl place 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and 3/4 cups of shredded coconut.

Mix the ingredients well.

Next place 4 oz of butter and 2 Tablespoons of golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, and let them melt together.

In a small bowl stir 1 tablespoon of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda together.

Pour the water and baking soda mixture into the butter mixture. It will froth up.

Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients.

Mix the ingredients well.

Using a tablespoon to measure out the amount, place 1 Tbs of the mixture in your palms and then roll together into a ball. Place on the baking trays with enough room for expansion.

Bake for between 10-15 min (check after 10min). These will continue to cook a little after you pull them out of the oven. The longer you cook them the harder they will become.  Allow to cool for 5 min and then remove the biscuits and place on a wire rack to cool down completely.

Please check out our partner blogs and their Australia ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators' Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem!

Please link up your Australian dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia

Welcome to "Around The World in 12 Dishes". We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg's footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.

The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let's really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don't often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.

Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits - from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?

Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Domestic Goddesque, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Mermaids' Makings, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum, The Educators' Spin On It and The Usual Mayhem have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it - to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun! Check out the other great posts as well!

Around the World in 12 Dishes

We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden continued on to Moscow in Russia. Now our next stop is New Delhi, capital of the exotic sub-continent of India!

How to join the fun!

  • The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
  • Cook a dish from Australia: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
  • Typical dishes: Kangaroo, Damper bread, ANZAC cookies, Meat Pie, Rissole, Sausage Rolls, Lamingtons.
  • Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish :)
  • Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
  • Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
  • Read a book: We recommend "D is for Down Under".
  • Fun fact: Australia originally was founded as a prison colony of Great Britain.
  • Share with us: Our Australia challenge starts on August 5th and will remain open for a year, so attach a link to your blog to enter the linky party or go to the comment section and post a photo together with what you did together with your child(ren).
  • Pinterest: We will add your photos to a "Around the World in 12 Dishes" Pinterest Boards (one for the dishes, one for the crafts) you will be a great source of inspiration for everyone :)
  • Are you a blogger? Let your fans know about the challenge and grab our cute lil’ button to share it on your blog.

Around the World in 12 Dishes
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Please link up your Australian dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!