for families with children is found at Wondertime.com. I’ve had their name in my “Links” section on the right side of the blog page for a long time now.
Today when I opened my email, I had received their latest free online newsletter. It was chock full of wonderful goodies for children of all ages.
This month you will find a cute finger play for babies titled: “Here’s a Bunny!”
Speak the following to your child:
Here’s a bunny,
(Raise two fingers of one hand, but don’t completely straighten them.)
With ears so funny, and here’s a hole in the ground.
(Wiggle the “ears” and make hole with other hand by curving fingers to thumb.)
At the first sound she hears, she pricks up her ears,
And pops right into the ground!
(Put straightened fingers into bunny hole)
For my ABC Music & Me families, this issue also has cutouts that are perfect to complement our theme of study – Around the Farm!
They also give you backgrounds to match (like a red clapboard barn complete with a hayloft and the barn cat) and it’s all free online!
Also, for preschoolers learning the alphabet, this month also has the first of a series of free ABC printables that are absolutely adorable and phonetically accurate! You can hang these in your child’s room or choose from any one of the 26 unexpected ways to explore the wild world of letters that they provide.
For those of you experiencing the lastest snow of the season, there is also a recipe just perfect for you!
Maple Syrup and Snow Candy
1 cup of real maple syrup
1/4 cup salted butter
Fresh snow, vanilla ice cream, or shaved ice
Optional: dill pickles or saltines
1. Heat the syrup and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to avoid a boilover. (This is done strictly by the parent.)
2. The mixture is ready 6 to 7 minutes after it begins to boil (220-234 degrees on a candy thermometer). It should stiffen when dripped on a plate.
3. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes before pouring over the snow, ice cream, or ice. It cools so quickly that kids can taste it right away.
4. Finish by nibbling some pickles or saltines – a sugarhouse tradition ” for getting the tastebuds back to normal”, according to Martha Boisvert of the North Hadley Sugar Shack in Massachusetts.
Just like Grandma made in “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder!
And if you want the actual magazine to come to your home as I did, you can subscribe online for 66% off the cover price – $10 for 10 issues. (Click on the cover above.) Although my youngest will soon be 12, I’ve really enjoyed my own subscription and have recommended it many times to my Kindermusik classes as well as my children’s choirs. The one warning I might give you is to make sure you have plenty of printer’s ink! 😉
So, go ahead and follow the links and enjoy the fun with your child!