We are so excited that the 2nd Annual Booking Across the USA is here! This year most of the 50 great bloggers in the project are featuring a series of books called Travels with Charlie. We received a copy of Travels with Charlie Across the Midwest and are featuring the great state of Nebraska.
My mom grew up in Nebraska and I still have several family members who live there. I have lots of fond memories of visiting my grandparents in a little small town in the Northeast corner of the state.
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Booking Across the USA
The Book: Travels with Charlie Across the Midwest
Thirteen states are featured in Travels with Charlie Across Midwest by Miles Backer and Chuck Nitzberg. This seek & find geography book is filled with tidbits, facts, and landmarks for each state.
There are also three other books in the Travels with Charlie series (South, Northeast and West) which are published by Blue Apple Books.
Did you know that you will find the home of Kool-Aid Museum in Nebraska? Hastings, Nebraska to be exact.
I thought it would be fun to explore using Kool-Aid to improve literacy skills! Are you wondering how? Read on!
Kool-Aid Literacy Activities
1. We made these scratch and sniff stickers with Kool-Aid and then used them as a story starter for writing.
2. Kool-Aid Ice Paints from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog tails is a perfect summer writing tool.
3. Create a Kool-Aid stand. Sell cups of the drink and pass out bookmarks that the kids make with each cup sold. Children will get extra literacy practice by making signs to advertise their sales too.
4. A batch of this scented sand from Momma’s Fun World would be perfect smoothed out in a tray and used as a canvas for writing letters or words with your finger.
5. Microwave Kool-Aid Playdough from Lovin’ Our Chaos is great because you don’t need cream of tartar to make it! Playdough is an excellent material for helping little ones build up the hand strength they will need to write. You can also use playdough to create letters.
6. Make a batch of Kool-Aid dyed pasta from Mama Miss for a story extension sensory bin. Some fun titles that would go well with a color sensory bin would include Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert or A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman.
7. Pre K Pages shares how to create Kool-Aid names. A fun way to practice spelling your name!
Check out all the other great activities that are being shared today for all 50 states. Head over to our main Booking Across the USA page and don’t forget to enter the giveaway too!