Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sweet Rewards of Reading...

Simply journeying deep into our imaginations as we get caught up in a story certainly is rewarding in and of itself.  But sometimes it's fun to add a sweet surprise at the end! :)

A few months ago, we read and fell in love with Homer Price!  His quirky antics captivated the boys and I found that the structure of the book is very conducive to a young child just venturing into the world of chapter books since each chapter could almost stand-alone.  Trey, 3.5 at the time of reading this book, was totally taken with the story.

Obviously, as you can tell from the cover, one of the chapters deals with a doughnut machine that his uncle orders.  Inspired by my {usually extremely healthy} sister, Rich and I surprised the boys with their first trip to Krispie Kreme early on a Saturday morning.

They stood transfixed as hundreds of doughnuts took shape before our eyes.  And they were thrilled when we told them that they could each pick out their very own doughnut.

Other fun ways to enjoy some good books:
Winnie-the-Pooh ~ go find a little creek somewhere and play 'pooh sticks'
Paddington Bear (unabridged) ~ enjoy some orange marmalade on french bread while you read this out loud!
Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ find some straw and try making your own scarecrow.
Mr. Popper's Penguins ~ Toboggan down the slide, face first.  (make sure the slide isn't too steep!), practice waddling like penguins by walking with your knees 'stuck' together!
Charlotte's Web - go on a spider web hunt.  Spray the web with water and watch it glisten in the sunlight!

I would LOVE to hear about some of your favorite read-aloud books!!!!

FYI: The Child-Training Bible giveaway ends on Friday.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win!


  1. Such a great book! Glad they liked it too.

  2. Does this mean Rich has to share his donuts when you are in St Louis??!! Love, Mima

  3. Such great ideas, Heather! And the pictures of your boys are so precious.
    We just started reading the Little House in the Big Woods and now my son wants to go hunting for deer in the forest behind our house. I think we will stick with making our own butter and planting a garden! :)

  4. We love that book! That's a perfect summer book/field trip to do this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Mima, I'm sure if they realize where daddy is going that they will be clamoring to join him.

    DayebyDaye, how much fun. I have not read that with the boys yet, but I have such fond memories of reading that during the summer when I was a girl. yum... Fresh butter!

    Jamie, with the heat, that would definitely be a fun little destination this summer. Air conditioning and doughnuts!!!

  6. Hahah!! Glad to help the boys toward food full of sugar and fat!! Speaking of Krispy Kreme, maybe I should pick some up for our zoo trip tomorrow...:-)

  7. Bethany, What was that about 2 tbs of sugar a day???? My boys are forever ruined and not that you weren't most beloved already, but Aunt B has secured a treasured place in their hearts... lol.

  8. We just played pooh sticks a few days ago in Show Low! :)