If you want to raise kids who respect you and others, yet know how to communicate well enough to make positive change in the world, you're in the exact right place.
Here's a book that you will love to cuddle up and read. It has a "choice of endings" that keeps kids engaged until the end.
Milo and The Magical Stones is about a community of mice who learn that greed and hoarding are not effective ways to stay warm and cozy during the long winter months. It also supplies a solution. Share and give back to our environment so we can live in harmony and happiness. Or else!
Milo is written by Markus Pfister, the author of The Rainbow Fish, a really good book about sharing.
Here's an activity that will make this story come to life in your household.
Read the book!
Go on a rock-finding walk.
Clean your rocks with soap water and old toothbrushes and let them dry.
(or you can use craft rocks)
Use paint, oil pastels, or markers to color your rocks. Use clear glue and biodegradable glitter to add some sparkle.
Cover your finished rock with a few coats of clear glue letting them dry between coats for a great shine. Here are the complete instructions for the project using oil pastels. This is a project that can easily be adapted to a mixed-age group.
Nanci J Bradley is an early childhood and family educator, author, teacher, SELF-care facilitator, family aerobics instructor, and an all-around fun-loving person. She believes in the power of sleep, healthy eating, lifelong learning, and most of all, PLAY! She studied early childhood ed at Triton College and received her BS in education in 1986 from NIU. She received her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College in 2011. She lives and teaches in Madison WI.