Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kicking Off Virtual Book Club Summer Camp- Session 2

We are offering a second session of our 2014 Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp!! 


If you missed out (or your kids were still in school during our June session), come join us for our July/August session! It starts next Monday, July 28th and registration is open NOW!

We had over 450 participants in our June session and it was AWESOME!!



Virtual Book Club Summer Camp includes THREE weeks of children's book themed crafts and activities for kids ages 2-5.


We have chosen three weekly themes tied with some of our favorite children's books. Each week we will be planning and preparing activities, crafts, and cool ideas for you. We'll send you the supplies list and book list ahead of time so you can get those together and then you can kick back and relax until our newsletter arrives in your inbox filled with your activities for the week! 

Once you get the newsletter each week you'll have plenty of simple activity ideas to help you connect and create with books and your kids all week long!

Our July/August session is designed for those that didn't already participate in our June session.



Are you interested in joining in? Here's what a Virtual Book Club (VBC) Summer Camp Membership includes...



  • a pre-camp planner with a book list, supply list, printable camp planner to keep you organized, and a printable sample camp schedule.
  • 15 simple printable activities and crafts featuring favorite children's books based on the weekly themes plus 3 bonus activities.  All activities will be playful and geared around hands-on learning. (You'll receive 6 exclusive activities in each weekly newsletter along with additional resources)
  • membership to a private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group where you can chat with our VBC "Camp Directors" (that's us) and other participants, get tips, other creative ideas, and additional resources. This is our favorite part!


We are offering Virtual Book Club Summer Camp membership for $9.99.



If you'd like to join us for camp this summer, click on the registration button below to sign up.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE NEWSLETTER WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL YOU USE FOR PAYPAL. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS THE CORRECT EMAIL YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE. NO EMAIL CHANGES WILL BE MADE ONCE YOU REGISTER.



You may want to sprinkle the activities throughout the rest of the summer every few weeks or do them along with us each day. Sessions are scheduled for the weeks of July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th.

Once you register for Virtual Book Club Summer Camp you'll receive a note from paypal saying, "Receipt for Your Payment to Virtual Book Club for Kids" along with a welcome email within a few hours with camp themes and an invitation to our private Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Facebook group so we can start chatting! If you don't see your receipt welcome email within two days of signing up, please contact us at virtualbookclubforkids@gmail.com. Before you contact us check your spam and make sure that you are checking the correct email address account!

The Camp Directors this year are me (Kristina from Toddler Approved), Kim Vij (from The Educators' Spin On it) and Cerys Parker (from Rainy Day Mum).

 

We are three moms (& former teachers) that will be on call to help you create an awesome summer for your kids! I am especially excited about camp because I am exhausted from the year and really want to simplify this summer but still connect with my kids each day in fun easy & creative ways (while also sneaking in a little learning).

Every activity in our VBC Summer Camp will be simple, have easy to get materials, and will be geared towards kids ages 2-5. I can't wait! Hope to see YOU at camp this summer!


Note: Registration is via Paypal but you don't have to use a Paypal account to register. You can also just use your credit card. Please contact us with any questions regarding payment at virtualbookclubforkids@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE NEWSLETTER WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL YOU USE FOR PAYPAL. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS THE CORRECT EMAIL YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE. NO EMAIL CHANGES WILL BE MADE ONCE YOU REGISTER.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Color Game for Kids: Bug Bingo

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This week is Bug Week!! We love bugs and we are excited to share some simple ways that we've been playing and learning with a bug theme at our house. Each day this week we'll share different activities to go along with our theme. 




Today we played Bug Bingo. This is a super simple color activity for kids and we used our favorite bug counters from Learning Resources.





I made some really basic color bingo boards for us to play with. You could use them with other types of counters too, since they don't have any bug pictures on them (just cut off the header).

You can download our bingo boards below. There are four of them. They aren't the most amazing bingo boards I have ever made, but my kids sure did have fun with them... and we played several rounds, so that worked for me. Print them out on cardstock and laminate them if you want them to last.


Bug Bingo Board  download 



Materials Needed: counters, a colored dice, and a bingo board for each person



To play: 

Put counters in the middle of your playing area. Then let each person take a turn rolling the colored die. Whatever color the die lands on is the color bug that everyone puts on their board.

The first person to get three in a row wins!! 

If you don't have a colored die, just cut up a few pieces of colored paper (same colors as the board) and put them in a bowl. Close your eyes and draw a new color each time.

This is a simplified quick version of bingo. You can also play "blackout" and have the kids see who can cover the entire board first. It might have a surprising result. :) Try it and let me know how it goes.


The kids had fun talking about the colors on the board and picking which bug they wanted to have on each colored spot.

There are loads of different bug counters on Amazon if you don't want to purchase the Learning Resources ones.



Do you have any other favorite bug themed crafts or activities or books you could share with us? Head on over to our Bug Week landing page to see the other activities as we share them this week. 


Also, don't forget to enter our cool BuddyPhones headphones giveaway with Onanoff if you haven't yet. It ends in a few hours!!
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