The theme of the day in Online Advent Calendar was Dogs. I was not thrilled, since Anna is sort of indifferent to dogs. She is all about cats – both real and stuffed. Still, I decided to go with the program and thought about something that we can do that would involve dogs. Clifford quickly jumped to my mind with his perfectly season-appropriate colors. We didn’t have any seasonal Clifford books at home, and the library was out of them, but we read Clifford’s First Snow Day before as well as Clifford’s Christmas. Our Clifford on a Christmas Tree was loosely based on Christmas Angel – we will read it next time we visit our bookstore. Anna was a little under the weather, and not thrilled about making the project, but she cheered up once I handed her a big can of new shape stickers. The end result is rather nice. and she proudly signed her name on her project. She didn’t want to glue Clifford (I got him from this page and colored him in PaintShop) – she insisted that he will be hanging on her art board on a separate magnet next to the tree.
Book of the day.
Hanukkah starts on Saturday, and we are getting ready by reading some simple Hanukkah books. This one is pretty good (and perfect for a “dog day”), since it features one of Anna’s favorite characters. At this point it’s a little too simple in the language for Anna, but it hits all the Hanukkah highlights – candles, jelly donuts, dreidel games, latkes, and, of course, presents. Excitement about this holiday is definitely rises in the house :) I will review more Hanukkah books on Saturday in What My Child Is Reading.