Reading Road Trip: Construction Zone

Welcome to stop two on the Reading Road Trip! If you’re just joining us, be sure to download the roadmap so you can follow along. Also, sign up here for a chance to win a prize pack at the end of the summer! The reading road trip continues this week with a drive through a construction zone! Unlike construction zones in real life, which can slow us down or bring us to a full stop and add a lot of frustration to a journey, this construction zone is all about bringing a little construction-themed fun to the summer! So we hope you take some time this week to spend a little “building” time with your kids, reading books with a construction theme—whether that be books about building with blocks or bricks, toys or giant cranes. Continue reading for story time ideas and a construction themed reading list. Read : Books that fit the theme of “construction zone,” however you want to interpret it! FEATURED BOOK: Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus is a book about b

Read, Discuss, and Do: MOUSE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT

Mouse's Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, is the story of a little mouse who steps in to help make the Christmas Eve celebration happen. In the story, when Parson falls ill and is forced to cancel the Christmas Eve service, Mouse takes things into his own paws, setting up the nativity and lighting a candle in the church window. This small act inspires people around town to contribute to the joy of the Christmas season, even in a time when there seems to be "no money for Christmas." Mouse's Christmas Gift is a sweet, charming story full of Christmas spirit that you will want to share with your loved ones year after year.

READ: Mouse's Christmas Gift

  • In what ways can you help spread the joy of Christmas using your own skills and items you find around the house?
  • What does your family do on Christmas Eve? 
  • If you had "no money for Christmas," what could you give as gifts?
  • Do you have a favorite Christmas song? 
  • What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?
DO: Make a torn paper Christmas wreath.

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Red and green paper, any kind
  • Paper plate
  • Red yarn or ribbon 
  1. Cut out the middle of the paper plate. 
  2. Tear green paper into random pieces (I used construction paper, but any kind of paper will do). 
  3. Tear the red paper into small, roundish shapes to look like berries. 
  4. Glue the green paper pieces onto the plate until it's completely covered. Next, glue the red pieces around the wreath.
  5.  Tie a length of ribbon or yarn into a bow and glue it at the top. If you don't have ribbon or yarn, draw a bow on red paper, cut it out, and glue it to the top of the wreath. 
Once your wreath is dry, hang it somewhere for all to see!

Other wreath ideas: 
  • Make smaller versions of the wreath to decorate homemade Christmas cards to give to friends, family, and neighbors. 
  • Make tiny wreaths as ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree.
  • Use fabric scraps instead of paper.
  • Try different colors!

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