It’s time for Virtual Book Club for Kids! Our featured author this month is Julia Donaldson. We love Donaldson’s books for kids in our house. In fact, the book we are featuring today is my 2 year-old son’s favorite book of the year!
Let me tell you a little bit about how Virtual Book Club for Kids works in case you are new to the series. The Educators’ Spin On It, Toddler Approved and Rainy Day Mum have put together a wonderful line-up of great authors to explore. On the second Thursday of each month, talented bloggers will be sharing one of the three featured books by the highlighted author that month. Each blogger will share an activity or craft to compliment one of the three books. You are invited to try out as many of the ideas that you feel would be a good fit for your kids.
Now, onto the Julia Donaldson book we chose this month.
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Julia Donaldson’s Books for Kids
Julia Donaldson is an amazing author and when she pairs with Axel Scheffler for illustrations it is pure magic. This past summer we featured the super fun Super Worm for story time. For Virtual Book Club for Kids we have chosen Stick Man.
The Book: Stick Man
In the story the Stick Man becomes separated from his family tree. He ends up in a swan’s nest, a dog’s mouth and eventually in a pile to be used in the fireplace. Fortunately he is awakened by a sound in the fireplace. The jolly Santa Claus is stuck in the chimney. Stick Man helps him out and continues with him on his journey to deliver toys to the boys and girls. Santa has one last thank you gift when he returns Stick Man back to his family tree.
The Activity: Stick Man Ornament and Gift Card
This is an easy gift idea for kids to make. Pair the ornament, gift card and copy of the Stick Man book as super cute gift to give another child or family.
Let the kids scout the neighborhood for the perfect stick for a Stick Man. Add a couple of googly eyes and tie a piece of yarn to form a scarf which will double as the way to hang the ornament on the tree.
The Gift Card
Using brown paper cut out 5 rectangles (one large and four small). Have the kids arrange the pieces on a blank card to form a Stick Man. Glue the pieces down and add googly eyes. Now they can write a special holiday message to the recipient of their gift.
Pack the Gift
You are now ready to wrap the Stick Man ornament, card and copy of the book as a holiday gift for a special someone. Wrap the book in a brown paper bag, glue a few twigs to the top, attach your ornament amongst the twigs, add some twine string as ribbon, and you have a lovely presentation. Nothing beats a handmade gift!
Now, it’s time to explore some other great activities and crafts to compliment Julia Donaldson’s books.
More Julia Donaldson Inspired Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids Bloggers
Room on the Broom Activities
Room on the Broom Activities by Inspiration Laboratories
Room on the Broom for a Rhyme by Ready Set Read
Room on a Broom Ordinal Numbers by Rainy Day Mum
Room on the Broom Sensory Bin by Still Playing School
Witch Hat Cupcakes for Kids by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Witch Hat Halloween Treat by The Pleasantest Thing
Witch Shape Craft by Toddler Approved
Stick Man Activities
Books for Kids: Stick Man by Growing Book by Book
Counting Ingredients into the Caldron by 3 Dinosaurs
Fancy Stick Crown by Mama Miss
Going on a Stick Hunt by Playing with Words 365
Recycled Stick Man Craft by LalyMom
The Gruffalo Activities
DIY Gruffalo Inspired Mouse Costume by The Educators’ Spin On It
Gruffalo Rhyming Tic Tac Toe Game by Royal Baloo
Gruffalo Themed Shape Animals by The Educators’ Spin On It
Roll a Gruffalo Game by Playdough to Plato
Color Pages by Crystal and Co
Follow all of our fun ideas for books on our Pinterest board!
Tina at Mommynificent says
Sadly, I have not yet read any of Julia’s books. I must rectify this immediately! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at Mommynificent.com’s Booknificent Thursday! Always enjoy your contributions!
Jodie Rodriguez says
You are in for a real treat Tina!
Catherine Ami says
Ohh my, that bookmark is just adorable!!! I absolutely love this book and can’t wait to make some of this December.
Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs.com says
I really like the gift theme of this post! My girls and I will be reading this book for sure in December. 🙂
Beth T says
These books and activities look fun! Thank you – can’t wait to read them. In fact, I DO have to wait – right now I have too many hold requests in our library system and can’t add any more. 🙂 I’ve made a list of these books to check out soon. Love your resources, especially to incorporate into our homeschool life. 🙂 Thanks Jodie!
Jodie Rodriguez says
I have that problem too Beth! We love Julia Donaldson books and usually have to order most of them from other libraries because our local library only carries a few of them. We highly recommend Stick Man, Superworm, and The Spiffiest Giant in Town.
I love a themed gift! Fun idea!