Critters And Crayons was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall and to receive a gift card to help spread the word about the awesome #Bunnyville Event at #FairOaksMall that is coming next week in this sponsored post!
Be sure to bring your little ones for FREE face painting, balloon creations, spring crafts, and more! March 28 & 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.in the Grand Court West. Hop into Bunnyville at Fair Oaks Mall and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting Easter Bunny photos at Fair Oaks Mall this past weekend. The staff was very helpful when trying to help our family get the best picture possible. Receipt of our printed photos was swift and professional. The entire set-up was fantastically bright and happy and the Easter Bunny was patient, friendly, and very adorable!
If you are planning to visit the Easter Bunny, you can find him in Grand Court West through April 4th, Monday through Saturday between 10 AM and 8:30 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM. If you have small children, they’ll be able to play with some of the activities in and around the village (check out the collage above to see some of them) while they wait their turn with The Bunny!
If you want the kids to have a blast while they wait for their photo opportunity, definitely bring them to #Bunnyville this weekend! It’s free and will be so much fun!
Enjoy the event! We’ll be back for it, too!
Critters And Crayons is thrilled to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day to celebrate diversity in literature this year! In addition to many fellow bloggers who are supporting the event this year, MCCBD has been made possible because of the following great sponsors!
MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Our family was thrilled to receive the book, The Rainbow Files Book #1: The Day I Was The Only Kid In School , a very fun book that sparked meaningful conversation and great laughs.
We sat down on a rainy day to read the book together. Our second grade daughter started the reading by exclaiming that she knew it would be a fun book because she had already done a “Picture Walk”!
Before reading the story, we read the prologue about the authors, Maria T. and April E. Kelly. They are a mother-daughter team who worked together on the story. Maria’s young daughter, April, collaborated on the story as she and her mom made up bedtime stories during Maria’s active cancer treatment.
The main theme of this book (without giving away too many spoilers) centers on the loneliness (or the even more accurate term used by Maria to describe what her daughter felt during that cancer treatment process, “aloneness”) that a child can feel.
There were many points of laughter for the kids as we wandered through the odd-awful-turned-very-memorable day of the third grade narrator who winds up being the only child at school one day. The perspective was child-relatable, and the storytelling was full of unexpected turns and details that delighted the kids.
When I asked them what their favorite parts of the story were, they loved hearing about how a student became the teacher, and taught all of the teachers how to finally do their hair and make-up. They also loved all of the fun sounds in the book, which aided enthusiastic storytelling through onomatopoetic literary devices throughout the story.
This has been a fantastic experience. When I asked the kids if they were glad to participate in the event and to read The Day I Was The Only Kid In School, they agreed that it was awesome. My Kindergartener and Second Grader definitely recommend this book for other kids!
HAPPY MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY!
If you want to learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD), and have a chance to win some great book packages, please take a look at the information below!
To find more information via social media, be sure to use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld
TWITTER PARTY & WIN 10 BOOK PACKAGES!
Join the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00pm and use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages!
CHECK OUT THE MCCBD BLOG!
Find Author interviews and more on the MCCBD blog here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/blog/
A BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. Book #giveaway at Wisdom Tales Press! Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. #ReadYourWorld http://ow.ly/Hr0MC
THE MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY ONLINE PAPER!
-MCCBD now has it’s own Paper.li! A Paper.li is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.
Just a quick post to say that if you’re in the Northern Virginia area, you should definitely stop by Centreville, Virginia one evening to experience The Bull Run Festival Of Lights!
There was a bit of a line on the Eve of Christmas Eve, when we went because of the popularity of the event, but it went quickly!
The traffic flows pretty smoothly once you get to the window to pay for entry. Entrance Fee was just $15 per vehicle, and we felt it was well worth it for the length of the drive, and the sights we saw.
There’s a carnival at the very end that we didn’t experience because it was raining on the night we went. But, we plan to go back another day before the event closes.
The Festival Of Lights is an inexpensive, screen-free activity that families can enjoy during the holiday season in Northern Virginia. AND, it was perfect for the rainy night we decided to go!
I think, next time, we’ll bring along a nice thermos of cocoa with mugs for each of us.
I hope you visit the attraction if you’re in the area!
For More Information About The Bull Run Festival Of Lights, check out the official website, and be sure to turn your volume settings up to enjoy the fun music!
We recently moved into a new home and left our son’s bunk bed in Texas.
In the midst of packing and unpacking, we still haven’t had time to go out and find a new one, but after looking around, we figured out that we had everything we needed to give our son a room he’d love!
Our little boy wants to be Paleontologist, loves Indiana Jones, Dinosaurs, Crocodiles, and Nature, so it made sense to turn his room into a Nature Explorer-Adventurer’s Campsite using our family’s camping and outdoor gear.
First, we set-up the 4-Person Tent in the middle of the room. We laid down the area rug to help the mattress stay in place, to protect the tent floor, and to give our son something soft to walk around on inside his new bedroom tent.
Once we blew up the mattress and positioned it in the center of the tent, we put on our son’s bedding.
(Mom Confession! I was tempted to purchase new dino-themed bedding, but stopped myself. The goal was to make use of what we had on hand to make this bedroom!)
Once the bed was set-up, we “sandbagged” the edges of the tent with rolled blankets and quilts to aid stability. This actually was a help for Mom since I was running out of places to store the extra linen!
We placed a small bedside table next to the mattress with a T-rex nightlite, a flashlight, and his favorite animal stories.
His yellow lawn chair fit the theme perfectly so we positioned outside of the tent for reading, and for holding his safari vest and adventure hat.
We reserved a space in the room (not pictured) for him to display his favorite dinosaurs and crocodiles, and to store his habitat-building kit, books, and a small bin of kinetic sand.
This was a simple and inexpensive kid’s bedroom solution and our children absolutely love it!
The best thing about it is that we can keep the tent up as long as he still loves it, and then pack it away for family camping trips!
We recently watched the movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and have a little boy how says he wants to grow up to become an archaeologist to find dinosaur bones, OR a Dragon Scientist.
SO, when we walked past this cool looking fruit today in HEB Plus, we had to pick it up and put it into our cart!
It was named “DRAGON FRUIT” and we had no idea what to expect!
When we got home, we looked up a few facts about it, and learned that a Dragon Fruit is actually a member of the Cactus Family!
They are found in Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Israel. We found ours at HEB Plus in Laredo, Texas!
The most interesting thing that we learned tonight is that the cool multi-purpose tool we use to help us in our Guacamole preparation to slice and pit avocados, The Avocado Shark, actually is the PERFECT Dragonfruit Slicing And Scooping Tool!
You can see the process we used to slice and eat the dragon fruit below.
I’ll admit, the inside of the dragon fruit took everyone in the family by surprise!
It was entirely new and unexpected, and so was the flavor!
The Flavor, by the way, was very much like a mild kiwi!
We’re going to keep trying new flavors, particularly for exotic fruits and vegetables we find at markets.
Our Family Night Dragon Fruit Adventure Was A Hit With The Kids!
It’s Got The Kindergartener’s Seal Of Approval….
And That Is A Hefty Endorsement!
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Think Group Austin.
All opinions are always 100% my own.
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This year we wanted to do something fun and nature-oriented for Teacher Appreciation Week!
You might remember the kids’ School Supply Cake last year? That was a fun project, too!
To Make The Dandelion Seed Bottles & Haiku Gifts You See Here, You Will Need:
We found some pretty little glass bottles at a craft store and our daughter wanted to place dandelion wisps inside for her teachers.
The children picked the last dandelion we could find in our backyard for this project!
Surprisingly, one dandelion was plenty to fill 9 little glass jars!
The kids placed one to two dandelion seeds into each glass jar.
Handling the seeds and getting them into the small openings was a fantastic fine motor skills activity!
We tried to keep the wispy parts of the flower attached to the seed because we just love the way they look inside the bottles!
Some Quick Tips:
We had more seeds and wisps to add, but we loved the simple, beautiful look of each bottle with one to two seeds.
The remaining seeds DO look quite pretty in the extra bottles…
I helped the kids with the last part of the gift by cutting 36″ lengths of thin, tan leather cord for each of the bottles the kids had prepared.
I tied the knots around the neck of each bottle and then knotted the very ends of the cord so that the teachers could use the bottles as a necklace or lanyard.
The very last thing we did to complete the gift was to develop a short poem called a Haiku to give with the gift.
HERE IS A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE JAPANESE POEM CALLED “HAIKU”:
I realized after we settled on our finished poem for the teachers, that we had mixed up the number of syllables.
Instead of 5-7-5, our poem was set to a 7-5-7 rhythm.
Apparently, English-Contemporary Haiku has been breaking the rules for some time now, so I’m going with “It’s an English-Contemporary Haiku Pattern”.
Here is our English-Contemporary Haiku the kids helped to develop for their teachers!
~Tricia, Critters And Crayons
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The smart designs and soft texture of the Wee Rascals shirts are a real hit with the kids.
Our son is picky about how a shirt should feel, and the softer the better for him. He gives his full “softness endorsement”!
And, the images of literary and historical figures do spark conversation and learning.
Our son and daughter have spent some time deliberating about which Presidents are actually on our daughter’s Founding Fathers shirt ( after they asked why Ronald Reagan and President Obama weren’t on it).
Plus, you can see in the photos that the shirts move quite nicely with active boys and girls!
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