Seasonal Book Library

I read Simplicity Parenting and it recommended de-cluttering kids’ rooms so there were fewer toys and (gasp) books available to them.  I forgot the exact number, but I think the book advocated having five books out at a time for young kids.  Um, we can’t do that.  We started out with about five books when my oldest was born.  Now we have three shelves full of kid books.  I love books.  My daughters love books.  We have lots of books.

book library

But I get it.  The idea is if you only keep a few books out a time, it won’t be so overwhelming to kids.  Five favorite books is easy and simple.  Too many choices can be a bad thing.  And admittedly, it is difficult to find a particular favorite book on our overcrowded shelves.  I like the idea of focusing on only a few books at a time.  I also like the idea of weeding out some of our books.  So I took out all the seasonal/holiday books and put them away in a closet.

spring books

When it was winter, we had all of our snowmen and mitten books on a special shelf downstairs.  Now that it is spring (hurray!), the winter books are gone and replaced with flower and Easter books.  It makes the books a little more special and exciting that they only come out during a certain times during the year.

You could do this with any books, not just seasonal.  Just put away some of your books and then create a rotating library in your child’s room.  It can change every week, month, or season…depending on when you remember.  🙂

Animal Sticker Habitats

animal sticker habitats

We have a giant bag of animal stickers leftover from my teaching days.  They are really meant for student papers (note the words like “super star”), but my girls don’t mind.  They can’t read anyway! 🙂  They just like to stick stickers on paper.   I thought it would be fun to do a little learning with our stickers, so I whipped up some animal habitats on construction paper.  Sorry- they are really rough.  I had some eager sticker girls waiting.  I’m sure you (or your kid) can draw better.

Here’s how to learn with stickers…

  1. Draw habitats on construction paper.  Older kids might want to do this themselves.  If no one wants to draw, just use a blue piece of paper to represent water, white for snow, green for trees, and so on.
  2. See if kids can identify the habitats.  Talk a little bit about the features of each habitat (wet and warm in the rainforest, dry in the desert).  Big Sis didn’t believe me that the grassland looked yellow so we we looked at some pictures on the internet.  With older kids, you might want to look at a map or globe to show where the habitats can be found in the world.
  3. Take turns naming the animal on the sticker and putting it in the right habitat.  Some might be found in more the one habitat.  Some might be found in the same habitat, but in different parts of the world (African rainforest vs. South American rainforest).  Of course if you are dealing with a two year old…keep it simple.