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Book Club for Kids: My Best Post of 2012

Setting Up Book Club for Kids: My Best Activity Post of 2012

My best post of 2012 was a long post about setting up a great kids’ book club with many, many examples of books and activities my kids did for their book clubs. (3 kids, each with their own book club makes for lots of examples over the years!).

How To: Create a Great Kids’ Book Club (Activity and Book Suggestions)

I wanted to rework one of the book club meetings I hosted by using a slightly different book. It makes a great Chinese New Year’s book club for kids!

The Empty Pot by Demi

We folded origami cups (perfect for preschool) and fortune tellers (great for elementary school kids).

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We also made origami fortune tellers.

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The kids took turns trying to pick out candy from a bowl using chop sticks to fill their origami cup.  Technically, origami is more of a Japanese art form but candy is appropriate for Chinese New Years because you are supposed to eat something sweet for good luck  in the year ahead.

The fortune tellers tie into the book … can you use it to predict who the Emperor will pick?

Perfect for preschool through 2nd grade.

The Empty Pot by Demi

This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the story of Ping who is given a seed along with all the other kids in the kingdom. Whoever grows the most beautiful flower will succeed the Emperor. Ping is a great gardener but he can’t get his seed to grow. Can he face the Emperor with his empty pot? I love this book to teach kids values like believing in yourself and  being honest.


p.s. My Top 10 Posts of all Time are:

1. Top 6 Math Apps for Kids

2. Teach Kids Mandarin Chinese (and make it fun!)

3. Things Dogs Eat That Will Kill Them: Raisins, onions, etc…

4. Top 10: Books That Teach Kids Compassion (ages 2-14)

5. You Are Your Birth Order

6. How To: Really Love a Child (poem) by SARK

7. Top 10: Best Beginning Chapter Book Series (ages 6-9)

8. Skip Counting Songs for Multiplication and Division Facts

9. Top 10: Best Interior Design Books

10. Best Picture Books That Teach Math Concepts


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I’m excited to be part of a blog hop. We are all posting on our best posts of 2012. Please check out a few out!

52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali
B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse
Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers
Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls
Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories
Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4’s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home
Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn
Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World
Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore
Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato
PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach
Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw
Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim
Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul

Please link up your favorite post of 2012! Thank you!


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  1. ur very smart i know that i ish u good luck my friend mia

  2. Your book club sounds great!

    And your birth order post is fascinating.
    maryanne recently posted…Kid Paradise: Snow Fun!!!My Profile

    • Hi Maryanne,
      I am fascinated by birth order too! I have a book on it and it does ring true. First borns are rule followers. Middle borns are rule breakers. Youngest are babied. I see it in myself and in my kids (we are all threes).

      The book club has been a really positive experience for all my kids. I host one a year per child and it’s their favorite thing in the world to do. Their groups range from 4 kids to 6 but we’ve attended, as guests, larger ones as well. Small is easy though. I noticed you do virtual ones at home. That looks fun too!
      Pragmatic Mom recently posted…Book Club for Kids: My Best Post of 2012My Profile

  3. Ann

    I love that story and your book club ideas!
    Ann recently posted…Happy New YearMy Profile

  4. Jeanette from Artchoo

    It’s really fun to see your top posts of all time- how varied they are!
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  5. Asianmommy

    How fun! I really enjoyed this book, too.
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  6. can i know ur the mia we meet in myyearbook .this is my fb do u remember me

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