Dinosaur Play Day {A Couple of Craft Addicts}

Today is bittersweet for me.
I am sad that today is the last day of our Summer Camp series.  Can you believe it??
But I am also thrilled to feature on of my new favorite blogging friends.
I love A Couple of Craft Addicts!  I met Heather at Creative Estates, and she is  a gem!!  She's sharing a fab idea today!
I'm so happy to be participating in Summer Camp!

I'm Heather from A Couple of Craft Addicts. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband and mommy to a sassy two-year-old girl. My dear friend Jessica and I enjoy sharing kids crafts, recipes, sewing tips, and lots of fun DIY projects at A Couple of Craft Addicts.

I am a big fan of Oopsey Daisy and had the pleasure of meeting Alison earlier this year. She is darling in person! Thanks for letting us join in on the fun this summer!

My daughter loves to read books. Most times when she is nowhere to be found, I can usually discover her sitting in her room surrounded by piles of books as she flips through the pages. Sometimes I spy on her reading stories to her dolls. Regardless of the book she is reading I typically hear the same story - "Once upon a time there was a princess. The end."

In addition to being girly and obsessed with princesses, my daughter is really into dinosaurs! We absolutely adore Jane Yolen's dinosaur books, and we were really excited to share a fun story and play date with my daughter's favorite friends this week.

This book is about naughty dinosaurs that know just the right way to express love to their mommies and daddies. We invited a few friends over to share our book and have some fun.

I used cute dinosaur printables from Smitten Blog Designs to add the dino decor to our play date.

Free printable party pack found here

The printable party pack did not include a non specific banner so I used the images to create my own.

We had a lot of fun dinosaur related food! To create the food labels I printed directly onto address labels and then stuck them on folded cardstock. I used the cupcake toppers from the party pack to make them cuter.

Our play date was before lunch so I tried to avoid sugary snacks for the kids.
Lava Juice - fruit punch
Dinosaur Fruit Snacks - gummies in PERFECT dinosaur packaging purchased from my local grocery store
Miniature Dinosaur Eggs - grapes
Dinosaur Bones - pretzels
Swamp Dip - avocado and cottage cheese dip with tortilla chips

Our friends at the play date ranged in age from six months to five years old. I thought a coloring craft would easily take care of the age gap. I purchased small wooden dinosaurs from Michaels and decided to use crayons instead of paint or markers to avoid the mess. Since our book was about expressing love, I put out heart stickers to embellish the dinosaurs. Glue sticks were popular at the crafting table but I'm not sure I saw any googly eyes actually glued to the dinosaurs!

In honor of school starting soon I gave each guest a dinosaur notebook as a thank you for coming to our play date. I made the notebooks using generic brand books (only 15 cents each!), animal print paper, address labels, and the cupcake toppers from the printable party pack. The texture of the paper made these really fun!

We are sad to see summer coming to an end but this was the perfect occasion for a play date!

Thanks again for letting us participate!

Story Blocks {Sugar Bee Crafts}

I am almost in denial that summer is on its way out.  How can this be possible?!

There are only a few more weeks of Summer Camp left!

But you can keep enjoying Summer Camp posts whenever you'd like. They are listed and linked in my sidebar.  Enjoy!

A warm welcome to the fabulous Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts!


Hi everyone!! So excited to be here for Summer Camp!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts.  Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog.  I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays.  You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):
You can see more projects in my new Tutorials Page, so check that out as well.
For my crafty take on a book, I chose Good Night Gorilla.  I think we got this book because my husband went to school at Pitt State, whose mascot is a gorilla.  And it's such a fun book!
Good Night, Gorilla

See, we love it:

This book doesn't have a lot of words, which is why we love it so much.  The gorilla sneaks out the other animals, so we add in all sorts of commentary ("do doh de doh" while walking, etc).  It's like we turn the book into a story of our own.  So I thought a perfect craft would be story blocks.

You'll need:
--1x2 board cut into blocks
--xerox copies of a couple pages
--mod podge

First, sand your blocks.  You don't have to do this if you buy craft blocks, but I'm cheap - a whole board is only a couple of dollars and can make over 20 blocks, so I buy that and cut blocks.

Paint whatever color you want.  Let dry.

Then, on your color copy, trace around the block onto which picture you want.  Then cut slightly inside your lines.  I cut out all the characters in the book.

Then, paint mod podge on a block (#1).  Set your picture on it and rub it down.  Then mod podge over the picture to seal it on (#2).  It'll dry clear, so don't worry about that.

Then play with them!!

I got the gorilla, had him grab the keys, with the mouse and the balloon following him (because that's what they do), then they set up to let out the giraffe:

More fun playing with the blocks - -she's holding the gorilla and having him scoot all the other animals to another line:

Thanks for having me and my Goodnight Gorilla Story blocks!  If you want a slightly different take on storyblocks, check out my Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks (there's a different game on each side)....

See ya over on Sugar Bee Crafts!

Book Organization

This post was originally published on Brown Paper PackagesCheck out Kierste's fabulous series "A Place For Everything!"

Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. 

Naturally, I collected A LOT of books... Can you believe that thousands of books were just sitting in plastic tubs in our garage?!  They were in desperate need of a little organization!  I was thrilled when I had a sweet friend inspire me with her book organization.  Thanks, Tiff, for this great idea!

This has been a long time coming, but I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even Little Man can put them away.

The first step was cataloging every.single.book! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, book series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull out for a special occasion.

Now I can easily check to see if I have a book before purchasing a duplicate copy!  (I have a bad habit of collecting several copies of the same books!)

Doesn't this rainbow of dot stickers make you happy?! Well, I ordered all different shades of dots to help me color code the books.  (You can see where I ordered these here on Amazon.)

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Popcorn & Bear Masks {Smashed Peas & Carrots}

Happy day!
It's Friday!
Alright friends, you are going to LOVE my guest today:  Miss Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots!  She chose one of my all-time favorite books ever!  She is incredibly talented, so enjoy her creativity!!
Hi!  My name is Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I'm so excited to be here today!!  I'm a momma to three little ones, 4 and under, and over at my blog I love to share my mommy adventures!  I also share lots of my DIY craft and sewing tutorials, delicious family friendly recipes and lots of fun projects to do with you little ones that won't break the bank.  I own an Etsy shop of the same name, Smashed Peas and Carrots, where I sell beautifully handmade children's clothing and accessories for momma!
When Alison asked me to be a part of the Summer Camp Series I had to say yes!  We love reading books at our house and we have such a collection that I almost feel like our books are taking over our house!  We are seriously running out of places to keep them but I think that's a pretty good problem to have if you ask me!
The book I want to share with you all today is 'Popcorn' by Frank Asch

This is one of my most favorite books ever!  My siblings and I used to sit and read it all the time when we were kids.  Can you believe that this is the same book we would read all those years ago!  It's in pretty good shape still don't you think?  My parents dug it out of the basement and sent it to me when oldest, Noah, was an itty bitty baby!
This book is about a little bear cub named Sam who has been trusted to stay home alone while his parents go out to a Halloween Party.  While his parents are gone, Sam calls all his little friends over to have their own Halloween party.  Each friend comes over dressed in a costume and brings Sam a treat.  The catch is that they each bring Sam the same treat...Popcorn!  During the party, Sam and his friends start getting hungry so they decide to pop up all the popcorn and that is when trouble begins!
'There was so much popcorn, it filled the whole kitchen.'
Now Sam and his friends are forced to eat every last kernel of popcorn to help hide the evidence of the Halloween party from Sam's parents.  When his parents return home later that night, Sam is in bed sleeping.  They wake him to tell him they are home and that they brought him a treat.  Can you guess what it was?  POPCORN!

A Bad Case of Stripes {Lil’ Luna}

I couldn't be any more thrilled that it's Friday! 
And to celebrate the occasion, Kristyn from Lil' Luna is here! Kristyn is one of my favorite people... I know because I got to meet her in real life! And this girl has creativity oozing out of her ears!

Hi there Oopsey Daisy Readers!!

I'm Kristyn from Lil' Luna and am THRILLED to be here today as part of Alison's Summer Camp Series.

What a fun idea!
We love books over here at the Merkley house - 
especially kids books!
Believe it or not, but I've been collecting kids books for about 
10 years now.

The hubby even proposed at Barnes and Nobles {at the midnight release of Harry Potter} using a kids book he had made. 
That's how much we LOVE books!
{Btw, it's okay if you think we are nerds because we are} 🙂

My FAVORITE kid author of all is David Shannon.
He has so many fun books, but one of the things I love most about them are the illustrations.

My favorite is:

A Bad Case of Stripes

It's all about a little girl named Camilla who is so concerned about what others think that she ends up covered in stripes and everything else you can imagine because she doesn't want her classmates to know she loves LIMA BEANS!! Afraid she will be unpopular with her classmates for this secret of hers, Camilla only truly finds herself when she embraces her secret and no longer cares what others think of her.

Reading this book made me realize "I wish my kid LOVE lima beans!!" That's definitely not the case since liking lima beans (or any veggies for that matter) is not super common, especially with my kiddos. In fact, they're pretty darn picky. The hubby and I are trying to encourage our kids to eat all sorts of foods and not just something with cheese in it (grilled cheese, quesadillas, mac and cheese, pizza - the kiddos favs). We decided to make EATING CHARTS to help with this... and of course made them with STRIPES!!

Jamberry Summer Camp Post {Brown Paper Packages}

It's Friday.  It's summer.  And Summer Camp is here!
Do you have blogging idols?  I do.  And one of them is here today!
Say hello to Kierste from Brown Paper Packages.  This is one talented lady, and I LOVE this fun and yummy idea!
Hello Oopsey Daisy readers!

I'm Kierste, from Brown Paper Packages, and I am delighted to be here today.

I absolutely love Alison's Summer Camp series--what a fabulous idea! I Reading is a big part of life at our house, and we have many favorites.
One of our most-loved is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen. 
It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. I knew it would be perfect for this post!
What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, what did we make?  Jam, of course!

Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh so yummy.  In less than an hour you could have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an afternoon together. When you're done, share some with the people you love.  It makes a great thank you, thinking of you, or a sweet just because.

I like to use the liquid pectin...all you need is strawberries, sugar, some lemon juice, and the pectin.  I follow the recipe that is included in the box, and they are laid out in an easy to follow step-by-step manner.

I used half-pint jars--a great size for gifts.  If you're making some for your own family, and know you'll go through it faster, you can always use a larger size.

After my jam was ready, I made some fun printables for a lid topper and tag--perfect for giving!

I inserted them into a Word document, sized them to a little smaller than 2 inches, then printed them onto cardstock. I used my trusty 2 inch circle punch to cut out the tags, along with some scrapbook paper. I distressed all the edges using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo). Using double stick tape, I adhered one of the text circles to the top of the lid. For the tag, I taped two circles together--wrong sides together.  One side is the cute scrapbook paper, and the other side tells the recipient what type of jam it is, and how long it is freezer-safe.

Now you're ready to share...and to eat!

Printable directions:  Right click on desired image, and select save as.  Once saved to your computer, insert into a Word document (or similar) and re-size to a little less than 2 inches if you are using a 2 inch circle punch.

A huge thank you to Alison for asking me to be here, and to all of you for reading. I hope you'll come by Brown Paper Packages and say hi--I'd love to have you!
Happy reading!

A Little Hoot Kind of Day {Kiki Creates}

Happy Friday!!  Here to welcome the weekend is Kiki from Kiki Creates.  I adore Kiki's blog and her fantastic etsy shop.  I simply can't believe the inspiration that has come out of this Summer Camp series!  I am learning about even more children's books than I knew existed!  Kiki is sharing some absolutely adorable stuff today!

Hi everyone!  I'm Kiki from Kiki Creates and am super excited to be here for this series.  Oopsey Daisy was one of the first blogs I came across while blogging, so it is an honor to be here!  Kiki Creates is a blog filled with tutorials,free printables and the inspiration where it all comes from. I keep myself busy with my blog and etsy shop, but my greatest excitement and love for life come from raising my 3 little munchkins and being a wife to the best husband on earth.

I am so excited to show you the incredibly fun day my kids and I had recently all based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace.  Have you ever read a book and said, "I want to have that day with my kids?!"  This is exactly what I wanted to do!

To give you a little background, Little Hoot is an owl like a lot of owls in so many ways except one. He doesn't like bedtime..and not because he doesn't like going to bed, but because he is an owl, and owls HAVE to stay up at night!  This fun little book goes through the activities his mom and dad get him to do to stay up as long as possible..and with that let me tell you about our day, which definitely ended up being:

based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon {Today’s Fabulous Finds}

It's my favorite day of the week!  I have been so incredibly inspired by these fabulous guests, and their creative ideas.  I am hoping to do a roundup of story-based activities toward the end of summer.  If you have an inspiring activity/project/craft based on a story, be sure to e-mail me the link!

I {heart} our next guest.  Janet from Today's Fabulous Finds is beyond talented.  All I can say is I love ALL of her projects!  And guess what?  She is a nice person, too!  Be sure to stop by her blog.  You will be amazed.

Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!  My name is Janet and I'm visiting today from Today's Fabulous Finds.  I'm thrilled to have been invited to share one of my family's favorite books with you at Alison's Summer Camp!

The book I chose is titled 'And the DISH Ran Away with the SPOON', by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  It has such a fun storyline and endless possibilities for activities too!

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Every night the rhyme gets read.  Every night Dish and Spoon run away.  And Every night they return--until tonight!
Where can Dish and Spoon be?  The rhyme can't go on without them, so Cat, Cow, and Dog set out to search for their missing friends.  But where to start?  Should they go north?  East?  Northeast?  They'll just have to read Fork's map, ask directions, and try not to get lost in Little Boy Blue's haystack or under Miss Muffet's tuffet or in Big Bad Wolf's kitchen--
"FEE, FI, FO..."
Oh no.  Could that be the giant?
-forward from 'And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon'
My kids and I (with my sister's help too) thought of some activities that you might enjoy that fit right along with the storyline of the book.  I suggest reading the book first, doing some of the activities throughout the week, and then reading the book again.  This time you'll have a map to follow and a fiddle to play!  We hope you have as much fun as we did!
Directions: Find a couple of boxes (or just one).  Trace around a small bowl or plate then cut out the circle.  Be sure to leave enough of the box so it will be strong enough to support the stretch of the rubber bands.  You can purchase a bag of rubber bands in assorted colors and sizes for around 50 cents.  Tape the two boxes together with duct or packing tape.
Decorate with stickers, glitter glue, paint, or markers if you'd like, or leave it plain like we did.  (Remember, it doesn't need to look pretty to be fun!)

Enemy Pie {I Heart Naptime}

Are you ready??

Woot!  Woot!

Today my friend Jamielyn is here sharing an ADORABLE (and yummy!) idea.  She will have your mouth watering for sure.  Besides being an incredibly talented blogger, Jamielyn is also an amazing person in real life! I'm telling you--this girl is a gem!  Go check out I {heart} Naptime for more inspirational ideas!


Hi Oopsey Daisy Fans, I’m Jamielyn from I {heart} Nap Time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alison in real life and let me tell you she is just as sweet and beautiful as she appears to be! So I am so excited and honored she invited me to guest post today. Over on my blog I share DIY Projects, Crafts, Recipes and lots more!

When Alison asked me to post for her Summer Cam,p I browsed through my son's library and knew this book would be perfect! Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)

This post is for those of you (or your kids) who want to become friends with your enemies. And for those of you who have no enemies and want to keep it that way! 😉

“It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!”

“In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.”

“Enemy Pie is the fastest known way to get rid of enemies”

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Piggies Play Day {Sumo’s Sweet Stuff}

I hope you're loving these fun Summer Camp posts as much as I am!
Today I can't wait to share one of my favorite bloggers with you!  Sumo's Sweet Stuff is here with some adorable activities that I know you'll enjoy.
Hello everybody!
I'm Sumo!

I blog over at a little place called Sumo's Sweet Stuff. I hope you'll stop by and say hi sometime!
Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I'm just thrilled to be a part of Alison's Summer Camp; don't you think she is just the greatest?
When Alison asked me to participate, I was so excited to use my teacher brain. Alison and I are kind of kindred spirits; we both used to teach first grade!
Since my girls are both pretty young still (1 & 2), I knew I wanted to choose a book that wasn't too long. We love to read books at our house, but if a book gets too long, we lose interest!
I immediately thought of this book: PIGGIES.
The illustrations are just beautiful, and the text is simple, describing words; perfect for my girls' ages! Plus, it talks about using something we use every day - our piggies, or fingers!
(No, I don't usually dress my girls identical, but there are a few pieces of clothing they both have, so sometimes it's cute!)

The book talks about each finger as a different piggies: fat, smart, long, silly, and wee little piggies! These piggies are sometimes hot, sometimes cold. Sometimes clean, sometimes dirty. Sometimes good, but at nite time, they get mischievous and skip down tummies to do dances on toes. It's a darling book, and your kids will love seeing what their piggies can do!

Hey, share that book with me!

Oh, alright.
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