Make Story Writing a Family Event

January 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Posted in crafts, Education, Grandparents, Kids and reading, Mystery books, Parents, Writing | Leave a comment
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Encourage time together with a homemade storybook! This is something that Jake and Katie would love to do with their parents or their Aunt Jean!

Check out this craft from the great book “101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make” by Stephanie Mueller and Ann Wheeler.


three-hole punch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           white copier paper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       three-ring binder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      markers or crayons                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       black permanent marker

Before beginning the activity: Use the three-hole punch to make holes along the sides of the white paper.

What to Do:

1. Think of a story and draw pictures to make a book using the white paper with the holes in the sides.                                                                       2. Dictate a statement or story about the pictures that were drawn. Write these along the top of the pictures that were drawn using the permanent black marker.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Place the pages into the three-ring binder, along with 10 (or more) blank pages.                                                                                                               4. Decorate a white piece of paper without holes using the markers. Write “Family Story Notebook.” Many binders have a clear cover pocket in which the cover page can be inserted. If this is not the case, use clear contact paper to adhere this cover page to the front of the notebook (with adult help, as needed).                                                                                                                                                                                                       5. Once you complete one story, keep going until your binder is full. You will have a complete collection of family stories!

Reflecting on the Past Year- An Undercover Kid Activity

December 18, 2009 at 11:51 am | Posted in Grandparents, Mystery books, Parents | Leave a comment
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As you may know, The Undercover Kids love to travel. What about you? Do you have the travel bug? Does your family? Well, even if your family just loves to travel to the store or maybe to more exotic places, we have a fun activity for you to do together to reflect on the past year.  This activity is a great way to think about any trips you went on during the year or even dream about where you would like to travel to in the future.

Take some pictures of your family from the past year to make a scrapbook page. It’s an easy and fun way to remember the great memories you made in the past year and a way to reflect on the upcoming New Year.  You can also leave a space on the bottom of the page to  journal about what you and your children (or grandchildren, or nieces, nephews, etc.) have done this year so far. You can place the pages you make into clear page protectors and put them into a 3-ring binder for an easy homemade scrapbook. All you need is some simple art supplies to make a creative and interesting photo scrapbook. You can even decorate the pages with cutouts of Katie, Jake or Cooper taken from our website. Bake some cookies, drink some hot chocolate and most importantly have fun! Thanks for reading and stay in touch for more fun crafts and activities.

Getting kids to read…and enjoy it too

July 7, 2009 at 8:56 am | Posted in Book reviews, Education, Grandparents, Kids and reading, Mystery books | Leave a comment

The Wimpy Kids Series great for 7-yr olds

Last weekend I visited my kids and grandkids. The weather was great and we sat on the patio having breakfast. I asked my 7-yr-old grandson Robert if we would like to read with me. We just bought a new book the day before.

the wimpy kidHe jumped up and ran to his room and was back in a flash. The book was from The Wimpy Kids series…not my choice but his. He read and we laughed together at the silly things the “hero” did. The illustrations helped Robert better remember the story and what was being said. (Sometimes he concentrates so hard on the words that he forgets doesn’t get what the story is all about.)

20 minutes may be reading limit for some kids

He read for about 20 mintues before it was time to move on to something more invigorating…like baseball. That time for me was wonderful. And many times when we talk on the phone we talk about books and things we would like to learn about.

Do you have tips for parents and grandparents alike that help instill the joy of reading for kids?

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