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Let’s Play – Martin Luther King Day

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – Martin Luther King’s Jr.

This week, we chose a book that is not on Memetales, but very relevant to this week and extremely important for our kids to learn about. This week, we picked a book about Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was the greatest American civil right hero. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. His father was a minister. He fought all his life for rights for African American, but not with his fists. He was a great speaker and a brave man. His speeches about civil rights made thousands of people join him. He gave a speech called “I have a dream” his dream of freedom for all people. In 1964, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize, one of the world greatest honors. In honor of King’s birthday, a holiday on the third Monday in January celebrates the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Book of the week

 

In today’s world, we need to be inspired by the brave and noble lives of America’s heroes more than ever. This book provides all information about Martin Luther King, Jr. Kids can learn about MLK’s  great courage, how he faced many obstacles but achieved long lasting changes for all colored people in the United States.

Why we like the book

This book is a great learning tool even for adults. It talks about MLK’s life, his struggles and gives a good timeline. Although this book is for slightly older kids, we can use the story to get younger kids more curious about MLK as a person.

Here are a couple of really great videos for kids to we watch as they stay home from school on MLK Day!

We will be back on Wednesday as usual with our featured craft of the week, related to the significance of MLK Day.

Rocket from a Paper Towel Roll – Kids Craft

It’s always fun to use recyclable things. This time, we made a rocket using a Paper Towel roll which goes well with the book “Somi the Astronaut”.

What you’ll need : Paper Towel Roll, Red, Yellow,and Orange Construction Paper, Glue, Scissor, Straw, Tape.

Step 1: Cut out small strips on orange and yellow construction paper.

Step 2: Cover the paper towel roll with small yellow and orange strips alternative and glue it.

Step 3: Cut out cone on red construction paper.

Step 4: Tape the cone and cover it on top of paper towel roll.

Step 5: Cut out triangle strips of the red construction paper and paste them on to the bottom end of the rocket.

Enjoy and Have fun !!!

Related Rocket Books

Big Dog and Little Dog visit the moon” by Selina Young – While walking back home one night, a big dog and a little dog sees that the moon is sad. So, they decide to make a rocket to fly to the moon to cheer him up.  A nice illustration of how a rocket is built.

MOONCAKE”  by Frank Asch is a very simple and short story of a bear and a bird. They wanted to go to the moon and taste it. They realize that the moon is so far away and so,they make a rocket to reach the moon and taste it.

Let’s Play! Rain and Clouds books and crafts

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – Rain, Clouds and Imagination!

It has been raining here non-stop for the past week. Seems perfect for a rain and clouds related book and fun this week!

The featured book this week is called Gypsies of the Sky. I love the book because it is just a simple poetic story about the clouds coming down in rain and the sun that shines afterword. The book offers a great starting point to talk about why it rains.

What we did!

For a long time now, my kids and I do a rain dance and play. We all become clouds. We start as skinny clouds just floating (running) around fast. Then we start to sip some water as as move over the rivers and streams. We get bigger and bigger. As we poof up, we move slower and slower until we are so big, run into each other and cause thunder and lightning. We can hold on to the water no longer and we start to let it down in rain.

While this is just a fun way to get energy out, it as been a great great way to tech my kids about rain!

How do YOU teach kids about the rain?

Let’s Play! 10 ways to teach your kids about gratitude.

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – Gratitude, thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving week here in the United States – so what better theme than thanksgiving and gratitude? Yet another special reason? We have a book created and inspired by children! And we cannot wait to hear what you think of it!

BOOK – Being Thankful

“Being Thankful”  is inspired by creative children around the world, with illustration by the kids themselves! All profits from the book will go towards helping kids in Tanzania through Epic Change (http://epicchange.org) @epicchange. Thanks to those who submitted entries for the book and stay tuned to see if YOU are the winner of a free printed copy of the book!

Click above to read book!

Want YOUR child to be a co-author and illustrator of a book like this one? Memetales will be launching one “Collective Creativity” book each month. Follow our blog (http://blog.memetales.com) and our facebook page (http://facebook.com/memetales) so that you don’t miss the opportunity next time!

Why WE like the book

The kids who have contributed are really creative and their creative energy flows through the book. We had so much fun creating the book

How WE Played!

We read the book. We made videos. We made songs for people we love. We did art. We did so many things that I think I should share all these ideas. So here goes -

10 Ideas to teach gratitude to your kids

1. Talk about it.

Just sit comfortably with your kids and talk about what you are thankful for.

2. Play a game

Sit in a circle. Throw around a pillow. The person with the pillow says what he/she is thankful for. People who repeat get out. This game has to be played fast and is better played with slightly older kids

3. Sing songs

Make up songs that go “I am thankful for _________ cause _______” Take turns and make it up as you go.

4. Make a video or videos

In  this day and age, video is so easy. Make some video cards for people you love and send it out along with your kids.

5. Bake cookies

Make something for people you love. Bake cookies, make cards, do something fun FOR someone.

6. Do a craft

There are several great craft ideas along with our book.

7. Do art work

The kids that contributed their art for this book did just that. They wrote about what they are thankful for and drew a picture to go with it. It is a great way of really spending time thinking about what you are thankful for.

8. Learn to say thanks in different languages

This awesome idea comes from Kidlutions post here. Melitsa also has a great post on the PlayActivities blog here.

9.Play the “What if” game.

Talk about what would life be like without some people or things in it. What if you did not have your doggie What if the sky did not have stars? What if the world had no roads?

10. Read a book. MAKE a book!

Read this book made by kids. Get inspired and make a book with YOUR little ones. And then, email us so we can publish it :)

How do YOU teach gratitude to your kids? Tell us!

And wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

And do not forget to comment on our Haulidays post. You and Memetales could win a LOT of books!

Lets Play! Books and Crafts on Cats and Kitties

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – Kittens, Cats and Animal Fun

I have a feeling cats do not love kids as much as kids love cats. Something about cats attracts little kids to them. We have had our cat a lot longer than the kids and he is so used to the kids and tolerates them pretty well! Our story today is about a cat and a dog – a funny story with an unexpected ending!

BOOK – Danny’s Kitty

While the writing style in this books could have been better, it is a really fun story with an unexpected ending. It is probably a story that is better suited for older kids that can read by themselves.

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Danny’s Kitty

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Why WE like the book

The ending – so unexpected and fun!

How WE Played!

Years ago, my husband and I fostered 6 little kittens and I want to share some pictures of them today. I can only imagine where they might be today! They were adorable as you can see. My husband and I volunteered at a humane society and they needed a foster homes for the kittens really bad. We said yes and the next thing we know, we had 6 crazy kittens running in our apartment!

We fell in love with one. We named the all and we loved them all but we were really in love with one. The day after we dropped them back, we thought hard and went back to actually adopt her. In less than 8 hours, they were all gone! The kitty we loved so so much was gone too ….

It was bittersweet . We were so glad the kittens had been adopted. And perhaps, our favorite one found a really lovely home!

Do you have any great cat posts or cat memories??

Let’s Play – The Moon and The Cap

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – The moon, caps, imagination and anything fun!

If you are in any part of the world that celebrates Halloween, you have hopefully had a fun weekend with lots of great costumes and candy. We made our costumes at home and recycled  our candy by giving away what we collected. So we are all happy here :)

BOOK – The Moon and The Cap

The Moon and the Cap is a very simple book published by Pratham Books. It is actually under Creative Commons license, so we could take it and post it on our site – isn’t that awesome?

The Moon and the Cap
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The Moon and the Cap

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Why WE like the book

One word? Simplicity. A simple book that will make anyone smile. A simple story with a happy ending. And a lot of imagination.

How WE Played!

Well, last week we made a paper cap (or crown) to post on the blog this week (Thursday). My girls loved their caps so much that they wanted to become paper princesses for Halloween!! So there, we went from paper caps to paper gowns and our own homemade costumes. I must say I was impressed that my 4 year old invented the concept of a paper princess. She also did not want any store bought costume that was fancier – she wore the paper princess outfit really well!!

What were your kids (or you) for Halloween? How wild did YOUR imagination run?

Let’s Play! Books and Activities on countries, travel and culture

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – Countries, travel and Culture (India and Diwali!)

I grew up in India and my kids are born here in the United States. Living in multiple countries has been the biggest boon for me – from having met so many wonderful people to experiencing SO many cultures. I am always conscious that I want to give my kids the exposure to all these cultures including the one I grew up in – the colorful and rich culture of India!
This week’s themes are TRAVEL and CULTURES. There are SO many many ways to impart culture to kids – through stories, music, dance, food and festivities. I hope to bring all of this and more on our blog this week.

BOOK – Exploring India

Exploring India is a book that Jane Marshall and I created together. She is the wonderful artist that takes the reader to India, along with her creation – Stickfiggy!
I met Jane Marshall through the most awesome Sasha Pasulka. Within days of being introduced, Jane and I started working together and created and conducted our wildly successful “Grins and Frowns” summer classes for children – where we tied emotions and expressions (through art and drawings)  together for children.
Diwali, the Indian festival of lights is coming up in early November and what better way to get ready for that than by featuring this book??
Exploring India
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Exploring India

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Why WE like the book

The kids just LOVE Stickfiggy! What can I say – they just love watching Stickfiggy and the awesome things he says and does. They love this book because they get to find HIM in every page. The book is colorful and an absolute fun introduction to India. All kids really enjoy this book. Every time we read it to them it gets them talking about all the other cultures, festivals, languages and food. Isn’t that what we all really want? A global awareness for our kids and openness and curiosity for all other cultures?

How WE Played!

We have so much fun with Stickfigy and Indian culture and festivals, here is a treat for you from so many things we have done over the months!

Watch the videos and you will know why we love Stickfiggy SO much :)


What do YOU know about India?

DO share YOUR experiences with Indian Culture in the comments!

This post has been shared at Childhood101

Let’s Play! Water

Every Monday, we choose a BOOK and do something fun along with it. We define a few themes that go with it and would love to have you link up anything you do with your kids as long as your post 1. fits the week’s theme at least somewhat 2. KIDS and FUN and PLAY are involved in the making of it. That is it!

Please pick up our badge and posted it in your post so that others can discover Let’sPlay too!

Every Saturday, we will feature back some shared posts as well as some from around the web. Once in a while, as a Thank YOU for playing, we will have small giveaways that one of our featured bloggers will win – as a way to support other startups and blogs like ourselves and just for fun!

Note – The book and theme for next week will be posted on the right sidebar. Be sure to look for what we are focusing on the upcoming week. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment! If the book is on the Memetales site, then it will be free all week that it is featured.

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our theme this week – WATER!

BOOK – Water

Why WE like the book

WATER is a wordless picture book made by Tara @BooksbyTara. Tara was inspired to make a number of wordless books by her son – who has autism. While Tara’s books are inspired by her son, they are great for EVERYBODY. My girls love looking at Tara’s books – they are great instigators for meaningful conversations, questions and getting to the answers. And which child does NOT like to talk about and play with water??

How WE Played!

Scrub, scrub, scrub

Smear it!

Loving Bubbles

My second daughter is a complete sensory child. She love to play with water. It calms her like nothing else. Helping wash the car and their bikes is by far the most favorite summer activity of the kids. Considering summer is on it’s way out, we are enjoying the last few warm days here by playing as much as possible with water outdoors!

Link up your creative projects in our box below. If you ever did a craft or activity related to WATER, do link it here. We will feature the best ones along WITH the BOOK!

The linky will be up all week. Cannot wait to feature best ones back here and along with the book too!
Also, please pick up our badge or link back in your post!

If you have a blog and want to be on our recommended lists of blogs, please fill the form here. Note – You will need to have a login to memetales.com if you want us to include you in the list so we can credit you accordingly.

Let’s Play – 5 Little Ducklings !

Every Monday, we choose a BOOK and do something fun along with it. We define a few themes that go with it and would love to have you link up anything you do with your kids as long as your post 1. fits the week’s theme at least somewhat 2. KIDS and FUN and PLAY are involved in the making of it. That is it!

Please pick up our badge and posted it in your post so that others can discover Let’sPlay  too!

Every Saturday, we will feature back some shared posts as well as some from around the web. Once in a while, as a Thank YOU for playing, we will have small giveaways that one of our featured bloggers will win – as a way to support other startups and blogs like ourselves and just for fun!

Note – The book and theme for next week will be posted on the right sidebar. Be sure to look for what we are focusing on the upcoming week. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment! If the book is on the Memetales site, then it will be free all week that it is featured.

Welcome Back to Let’s Play! Our themes this week – siblings, counting, ducks and play

BOOK – 5 Little Ducklings

Five Little Ducklings
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Five Little Ducklings

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Why WE like the book

This song is simple old rhyme, but I love it because my kids absolutely LOVE to sing and play to this song. And what is NOT there to LOVE about DUCKS??? I have no idea but little yellow fluffy ducklings are in SO many picture books possibly because kids love them SO Much. THIS book actually has 5 ducklings that each have a completely unique look making this book so much for fun! So do read the book! (Note – As long as you have a Memetales login, you can read the book for free all week long!)

How WE Played!

EVERY SINGLE time we read this duck book (or any duck book!), we HAVE to sing and play this song below. We also did a fun duck project.
I will be posting my kids’ video on Wednesday when I post the craft but I really needed to embed this here so you all have a reference :)

Now, Your Turn!

Link up your creative projects in our box below. The themes for the week – DUCKS, SIBLINGS, COUNTING, PLAY

The linky will be up all week. Cannot wait to feature best ones back here and along with the book too!
Also, please pick up our badge or link back in your post!

If you have a blog and want to be on our recommended lists of blogs, please fill the form here. Note – You will need to have a login to memetales.com if you want us to include you in the list so we can credit you accordingly.

Let’s Play! Ditto The Butterfly

Every Monday, we choose a BOOK and do something fun along with it. We define a few themes that go with it and would love to have you link up anything you do with your kids as long as your post 1. fits the week’s theme at least somewhat  2. KIDS and FUN and PLAY are involved in the making of it. That is it!
And yes, we would completely appreciate it if you picked up our badge and posted it in your post that you link back or in your sidebar :)

Every Thursday, we will feature back some shared posts as well as some from around the web. Once in a while, as a Thank YOU for playing, we will have small giveaways that one of our featured bloggers will win – as a way to support other startups and blogs like ourselves and just for fun!

Note – The book and theme for next week will be posted on the right sidebar. Be sure to look for what we are focusing on the upcoming week. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment! If the book is on the Memetales site, then it will be free all week that it is featured.

Welcome to our first Let’s Play!

BOOK -Ditto the Butterfly

Ditto The Butterfly
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Ditto The Butterfly

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THEMES – Food, Eating well, flowers and butterflies

Why WE like the book

A book that teaches kids to eat a balanced diet with a fun story is always a book that a parent loves. This book has lovely illustrations that makes it come alive.  Ditto will sip only from buttercups until she realizes that the radiant humming bird is radiant because she sips from all the flowers. This book is a great tool to remind my kids about eating a balanced diet and helping them realize that good health, eyes and skin are all a result of good nutrition! (Note – As long as you have a Memetales login, you can read the book for free all week long!)

How WE Played!

My husband and I recently came up with a new kind of family meal that needs no prior cooking and is healthy as can be. And the girls just LOVE it.

It is a vegetable hotpot dinner using our fondue pot! The girls enjoy every single bit of it – the cooking, waiting and eating of the vegetables.

I have a feeling we are going to have this vegetable hot pot at least once every week. If you have a fondue pot, you have to try it right away!

Now, Your Turn!

Link up your creative projects in our linky below. The theme for the week is food, flowers, nature and butterflies.

The linky will be up all week. Cannot wait to  feature best ones back here and along with the book too!

If you have a blog and want to be on our recommended lists of blogs, please fill the form here. Note – You will need to have a login to memetales.com if you want us to include you in the list so we can credit you accordingly.

[Sept 14th Update - Oh, I just discovered Childhood-101 has a "We Play" Linky and I am linking this post to that! Check out Childhood101 - a perfect blog and concept we love!]
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