Thursday, July 20, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Best Friends

A collection of some classic, oddball friends titles. I purchased the books from Baker and Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books.


  • Mr. Putter and Tabby turn the page
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby bake the cake
  • Mouse and Mole: winter wonderland
  • A brand-new day with Mouse and Mole

Monday, July 17, 2017

Imagine a Story: Tea Party

[Updated July 2017]

We kept losing bits of the dish set and it was driving my aides crazy so I replaced it with a plastic tea set and a plastic play cake from Amazon. The label just says "tea set" and "cake" so we don't have to count all the little pieces.

This bag includes a hardcover book (it's a lot harder than you might think it is to find a picture book that features a tea party) and most of a set of dishes. I say "most" because we're always losing pieces and not all of them fit anyways. So I just say "cooking set" and let it go at that.

Source of materials:

  • Florentine and Pig by Eva Katzler (hardcover): 9781599909493
  • Dishes and cake from Little Treasures via Amazon

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Storytime Kit: Dinosaurs

This kit was frustrating because the Explore a T.Rex title was about 1 inch too big for my regular tubs! I had to buy a special, extra-large tub to fit it and then I couldn't decide what else to put in! I had a bunch of random plastic and rubber dinosaurs I added, which I didn't picture because I didn't want to have to count them. I don't usually put consumables in the storytime kits, but I had a bunch of foam dinosaur stickers (mainly white, which the kids don't like) and I threw those in as well.

Materials included:
  • Large plastic bin (Walmart)
  • Dinosaur skeletons (Amazon)
  • Dinosaur stencils (Amazon)
  • Dino car toy (Amazon)
  • Real-as-life dinosaurs (4 donated, but the full 12 pack is available on Amazon)
  • Flannel and laminated dinosaurs in a plastic envelope
  • Books
    • Triceratops (board book): 9782745981769
    • T. Rex (Board Book): 9782745981752
    • Dino records: 9781426327940
    • Scanorama dinosaurs: 9781626866300
    • Explore a T. Rex: 9781626863958

Friday, July 14, 2017

We Listen: Stories with Bear

The Bear books aren't available in paperback in the US - I purchased them from Gardners in the UK. Hence the "colours" spelling! I hope there aren't any changes in the books, but it shouldn't be a big deal if there are a few different words.

All titles by Karma Wilson. I purchased the paperback books through Baker & Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books during their sale.

  • Bear sees colors
  • Bear says thanks
  • Bear's loose tooth
  • Bear feels scared

Link to insert

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Real Stuff

I had one title and cd and I scrounged a bit to find enough to make up the four. These are available in kits from Baker & Taylor. I know "real stuff" is not particularly inspired, but it was what I could think of at the time!


  • Storms by Goin: 9781430121244
  • Race day by Tuchman: 9781430120001
  • Volcanoes by Schreiber: 9781430126683
  • Trains by Shields: 9781430121190