Friday, January 30, 2015

This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations by Age and Month of the Year. It has February book recommendations for children who are 2 or 3 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.

Books for 2 and 3 Year Olds with Extension Activities

My daughter is now 8 years old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 3 years old.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

Happy Valentine's Day Mouse
Are your children familiar with cheerful and very messy Mouse from terrific series by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond? Then they will enjoy Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! where Mouse is busy creating a perfect Valentine – never mind the mess. And if you give your children this book, they will want some Valentine art to go with it! I have a round up of 12 Amazing Heart Art Projects for kids where many projects are process oriented and perfect for the youngest crafters. Our own favorite process art Valentine project was shaving cream Valentines – I shared it last year in a guest post on Red Ted Art.

2. Bringing In the New Year

Bringing In the New YearA start of Lunar New Year celebrated in many countries around the world usually happens in February, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to this holiday and to rich cultures of Asian countries. Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin is one of my favorite Chinese New Year books for young preschoolers – lavishly illustrated in red and gold colors of the holiday and giving a great introduction to the traditions of this holiday. Kids will enjoy practicing their emergent scissor skills while making this simple Chinese lantern craft from Gift of Curiosity.

3. Rumble in the Jumble

Rumble in the JungleDo your children enjoy books about animals? Then they will appreciate catchy rhymes in Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae brightly illustrated by David Wojtowycz. Each page features a jungle animal and a short rhyme about this animal. Rumble in the Jungle can be a great book to read for a jungle learning unit in preschool. Fun Handprint Art Blog has a collection of jungle animal crafts for kidsI thought that this handprint tiger was perfect project to pair with this book.

4. What Color Is Your Underwear?

What color is your underwearOur 2 and 3 year olds are moving from diapers to big girl/boy underwear and many of them are extremely pleased and extremely obsessed with this transition. My daughter read What Color Is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd what felt like one million times. Luckily for parents, it’s a short book, and the main attraction for it is in its illustrations. We still have jokes at home about “Elephant John” even though we read this book 5 years ago. It’s a flap book, and your children might enjoy making their own DIY flap book (with underwear themes or any other topics) from Toddler Approved.
Lift the Flap

5. Whoever You Are

Whoever You AreWe are big fans of Mem Fox in this house, and I want to recommend her book Whoever You Are as a great book to start conversations with kids about diversity and acceptance. The text is very short, and the folk-art style illustrations by Leslie Staub feature children that look very differently but still have the same interests and are “the same inside”. Growing Book by Book has a great project to go with this book – a “diversity mirror”. This project could be especially fun for preschools or daycare settings with a diverse group of children – their own photos could be used them to decorate the mirror frame.
Whoever You Are Mirror

6. Go! Go! Go!

Go Go Go
Your car enthusiasts will love an inventive interactive book Go! Go! Go! by Roxie Munro. There are so many flaps to open and tabs to pull to see vehicles and people literally pop off the page. However, I certainly do not recommend giving this book to very young children without supervision. The tabs and flaps are sturdy but not indestructible, and it would be too sad to see this terrific work of art broken. I bet the children will be motivated to do some racing of their own after reading this book. Pint-sized Treasures has a great idea for a DIY take-along racetrack made from a tupperware container.

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Ticia said...

Flap books always drove me crazy because my kids managed to tear them off very quickly.

Amy Louise said...

What a wonderful wonderful idea that you kept a log of your childs favourite books! Reading is such a special, quality time. My little one is 2 years old at the moment and has such a love for books! Thank you so much for the idea I too will look at recording what we read throughout the years! As for the books - some great ones there and some new ones for me! A lovely post with some great activity extension ideas.

Laura Flaute said...

All the books sound wonderful. Oh, and another underwear book! This should be a "special" fun for my daughter. :) Thanks!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Thanks for linking with this week's parenting pin it party. x x