Welcome back to the Tiny Tot Book Club! My daughter Reagan has always been a little bookworm. (Which totally warms this mama bookworm’s heart!) Now that she is two, I want to up the ante for how she engages with the books we are reading together. We will be working our way through some of our favorites and pairing a fun activity, craft, or treat with each one! Follow along with us, and if you haven’t already, go check out week one and two:
Week One: Cupcake Felt Board – If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
Week Two: Animal Match Up – Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See
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Do you feel like once summer hits, the days completely get away from you? Time has a knack of speeding up when what you really want to do is savor the days. We have been soaking up as much of the summer sun, pool vibes, outdoor fun as we can. Lately though we’ve been hit with a heat wave, and while we hate to hide inside, some days you need to take a break from the sun and soak up the AC instead.
It was a perfect opportunity for another installment of the Tiny Tot Book Club! This week we pulled another favorite off the shelf, Go, Dog. Go by P.D. Eastman. In this classic – edited by the children’s book king himself, Dr. Seuss – we meet dogs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, participating in a variety of activities. Who knew dogs had so many things to do in a day!
One of Reagan’s favorite parts is the storyline of the party hats woven throughout the story. Two dogs meet several times throughout the story and the question “Do you like my hat?” is always guaranteed to get some giggles. In our house, these parts of the book even come complete with silly voices, so don’t you dare try to skip it!
To celebrate these fun dog party hats, we decided to make our own silly versions!
You can really go as simple or as creative as you want with these. We pulled together pom poms, feathers, stickers, washi tape, markers, and pipe cleaners. You could also use buttons, ribbon, paint, yarn, fabric, glitter, etc. Personally, I loathe loose glitter, so there is none of that in the house, but if that’s your thing, go glitter-wild! You could also replace that with glitter glue to reduce the “cleaning-glitter-off-my-floors-for-weeks” mess.
For the hat itself, I made a simple folded hat from construction paper. Do you remember making these in elementary school out of newspaper?
Since I used regular sheets of construction paper, they are a little on the smaller side, so I added string to tie them under our chins.
This is definitely one of those projects where there is no “right or wrong” way to design them. We were inspired by the last, most elaborate hat in the book. She has flowers, candy canes, fishing poles, flags, pinwheels and more on her hat. It was so fun to get silly with our designs, and to see Reagan choosing which materials she wanted to use next.
Reagan loved this activity and was very proud of her hat. She even wanted to wear it to her Mimi and Grampy’s house the next morning! So, now the question must be asked: “Do you like my hat?”