It is the last day of January and I have one last story that encourages persistence and creative problem solving. In "Stuck" by Ol...

'Stuck' - Read and Rise January 2021

It is the last day of January and I have one last story that encourages persistence and creative problem solving. In "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers, a little boy gets his kite stuck in a tree. He spends the rest of the book trying to get his kite out of the tree! I will tell you that he does succeed, but you and your children will be laughing as they watch HOW he tries to get the kite out of the tree!


Featured story: "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers 


Activity: Draw and write about your own solution to the problem! How would you get the kite out of the tree? Remember, since it's your story, you can solve the problem any way you want! Your solution can be realistic and logical or it can be completely far fetched and ridiculous! Download the file below for a printable draw/write page so you can give the story the ending YOU want.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers Draw and Write

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  I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of  Multicultural Children's Book Day this year! I was excited to receive "Brandon Mak...

'Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi' by Eugenia Chu Book Review - Multicultural Children's Book Day

 


I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of Multicultural Children's Book Day this year! I was excited to receive "Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi" by Eugenia Chu and Helena Chu Ho as a free book to review and share. As a first generation Chinese-American, Chu found it very difficult to find children's storybooks featuring Chinese culture and language to read to her son, so she decided to write her own! "Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi" tells the story of Chu's son, Brandon, making jiǎo zi (Chinese dumplings) with his grandmother who is visiting from China. You can't help but laugh along as Brandon makes a flour-y mess and then fills his belly! 

I thought the illustrations in this book (done by Eugenia's little sister Helena!) gave the book such a warm feeling, like you had been invited into Brandon's home and were viewing the whole experience through a child's eyes. The simplicity of the drawings let you focus on what the story was really about: Brandon, his grandmother, and the dumplings!

My kid critics also enjoyed the story! They thought it was very funny and the story made them want dumplings and to make food art! Here are some of their reactions:
"I liked when Brandon ate all 10 dumplings and his stomach got really big!" - Lil C, 8
"My favorite part was when the little boy got flour everywhere! It's like when we help [Mommy] bake!" - Emma, 6

It was so easy for me to relate to Chu's story for a couple reasons - first, all 4 of my grandparents were Ukrainian and my parents were first generation Ukrainian-Americans so the story reminds me of my childhood and interacting with my grandparents. The back and forth between English and Mandarin in the story is exactly what would happen when I was speaking with my grandparents! The second reason I relate so well to the story is I am now in the same situation as Chu was when she decided to write this book. Children's books featuring Ukrainian culture and language are equally difficult to find and I am inspired to try to create my own books for my Lil C and Squidgy. 

As an extension activity, we made our own jiǎo zi out of play dough. I gave the kids some homemade play dough (recipe below) for the dough and little rocks for the filling - you could also use beads or dried beans as the filling. Lil C especially loved pinching the dough together and scalloping the edge to make it look pretty. You could also put out chopsticks so the kids can practice picking up the dumplings and moving them onto a plate or pretending to eat them! 

Cardboard Mom's Homemade Play Dough

Add 1/4 cup white flour (bleached or unbleached), 1/8 cup salt, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar or lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon oil to a small non-stick pot. Pour in about 1/3 cup water and stir everything together (you want the consistency to be that of really runny mashed potatoes - I've found it's better to put in a little too much water and cook it longer than to put in too little). At this point, you can add food coloring or extracts for smell. 

Cook the play dough over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts firming up. Then continue stirring and cooking until no wet spots remain. Dump it out onto a plate to cool, kneading it every few minutes or so until it's no longer hot. Once it's completely cooled, use immediately or place in an airtight container (I love using the jars from Talenti gelato). 


Of course, making or buying real jiǎo zi is also a perfect activity to go along with this story! If you're feeling adventurous and want to try making your own, you can make Pó Po's Jiǎo Zi. Also, please check out Eugenia's website for more information about the author and the book, to hear a read aloud version of the story, to purchase your own copy of "Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi," or to download coloring pages and worksheets. 


I also had the opportunity to review "From My Window" by Otávio Júnior


Don't forget to connect with Multicultural Children's Book Day on social media and make sure to look for and use #ReadYourWorld.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.


MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, CapstoneHoopoe Books,  KidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, My Well Read Child 

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell , Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & IntrepidsAuthor Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club,  Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author Mia Wenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherTales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD's Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents

Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Empathy Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Poverty Kit

Gallery of Our Free Posters

FREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!





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  I am excited to be celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day - an annual celebration of diverse children's books. We love lear...

'From My Window' by Otávio Júnior Book Review - Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021

 


I am excited to be celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day - an annual celebration of diverse children's books. We love learning about different cultures and so participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day gives us the opportunity to discover new diverse books to add to our bookshelf. This year, I am grateful to Barefoot Books for gifting me "From My Window" by Otávio Júnior.


"From My Window" by Otávio Júnior is not your typical picture book with a story to tell. Instead it transports you and gives you a glimpse of the author's world - the favela Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Vanina Starkoff's illustrations are so bright and colorful and they invite you into the world of the favela, a world where there may be struggles and violence but also beauty, creativity, community, hopes, and dreams. Some of the pictures are so full of detail that I think I could read the book 10 times and still find something new in them! But they also feel exactly what I imagine a favela to be - densely packed and so full and busy!


"From My Window" reminded me of the book, "Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay" by Susan Hood. Both Ada and Otávio Júnior grew up in what most of us would likely consider unfortunate circumstances and both were saved, one by music and the other by books. I think it's an enlightening book for children living in more developed or prosperous areas as well as those living in rural areas. And for those living in similar circumstances, it's such a wonderful reminder that where you start doesn't have to dictate where you end up! 


"From My Window" would go along beautifully with a unit study on Brazil. The story makes you want to learn more about favelas - I had no idea so much of the population of Rio lived in favelas, or that favelas even existed! If you would like to do a stand-alone activity after reading "From My Window," you could have your children draw a picture of what they see outside their window. I think it would be an amazing book to collect "from my window" drawings from children around the world!


I also had the opportunity to review "Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi" by Eugenia Chu.


Don't forget to connect with Multicultural Children's Book Day on social media and make sure to look for and use #ReadYourWorld.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.


MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, CapstoneHoopoe Books,  KidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, My Well Read Child 

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell , Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & IntrepidsAuthor Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club,  Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author Mia Wenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherTales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD's Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents

Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Empathy Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Poverty Kit

Gallery of Our Free Posters

FREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

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This week we shift from focusing on trying again after making a mistake to turning the mistake into the magnificent thing! That's exactl...

'Beautiful Oops' - Read and Rise Book Club January 2021

This week we shift from focusing on trying again after making a mistake to turning the mistake into the magnificent thing! That's exactly what Barney Saltzberg does in his book, "Beautiful Oops." He takes all those little goofs - like tears, spills, drips, drops, scribbles - that frustrate young artists and make them want to throw their paper in the garbage and start over and turns them into works of art. The book helps you look at things from a different perspective and realize though you may not have made what you set out to, you could still make something beautiful.


Featured story: "Beautiful Oops" by Barney Saltzberg


Activity: You can absolutely do the activity shown in the read aloud video above! If you want to take it a step further, you can make a "Beautiful Oops" bag of inspiration like we did! I cut mixed media paper in half and set up "oopses" that the kids could pull out of a paper bag and use to create something beautiful. Here are the papers I set up:

A tear

Some holes

A folded corner

Ovals ready for scrap self-portraits (they can use whatever art supplies/clean garbage scraps they want to create portraits)

Scribbles

I use droppers to put a little liquid watercolor in the caps to use for the next two oopses

Cup rings

Splatters

If you're interested to see a little more, here are a couple more related videos:

If your child loves turning mistakes into works of art, they might like My Book of Beautiful Oops.


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We mostly only make pies around the holidays but seeing that today was National Pie Day has motivated me to sprinkle pies in throughout the ...

National Pie Day - Favorite Pies Roundup

We mostly only make pies around the holidays but seeing that today was National Pie Day has motivated me to sprinkle pies in throughout the year! I'll have to search my pantry and fridge to see if I have the ingredients to make some kind of pie today, but in the meantime, I've collected some of our favorite pie recipes to share.


I have made this chocolate pecan pie for many Thanksgivings. Plain pecan pie was always too sweet for me but the addition of chocolate in this one helps balance out the syrupy sweetness. Unfortunately, the only picture of our chocolate pecan pie I could find was before we baked it...

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie crust, premade or refrigerated store bought
  • 1/2 cup (3.5oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9" pie plate with pie crust.
2. Microwave half of the chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl for 1-2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
3. Brush bottom of pie crust with a small amount of beaten egg. Stir sugar, corn syrup, eggs, and vanilla into chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in pecans and the remaining chocolate. Pour into pie crust.
4. Bake for 55 minutes or until knife inserted 2" from the edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.


We made this pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year and it was perfect! I can be pretty critical of pumpkin pies when they're overly sweet or overly spiced, but we all though this one was perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here: No Fail Homemade Pumpkin Pie


I made this chocolate cream pie for the pie eating contest during our Backyard Fair this summer. I completely forgot to take a picture of the pie and all I have is this slightly blurry photo of a half eaten pie slice! I really wish I had heavy cream in the fridge so I could make this pie again - it was so delicious! 
Get the recipe here: Chocolate Cream Pie


Lastly, we have apple pie. This apple pie was actually made a few years ago when I began using the Build Your Library Level 0 curriculum with Lil C. Level 0 is an around the world study and we began with the adorable book, "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" by Marjorie Priceman. At the end of the book is the apple pie recipe we used (you can find the recipe in the book preview on Amazon) - it was our first time making homemade pie crust together and we had so much fun! If you're interested in the book and not just the pie, Teaching Mama has some fun activities (she also has a picture of the recipe from the book) and just below is a read aloud of the story. I hope you try out some of these recipes and enjoy them as much as we did!



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  I wanted to make banana bread, but I wanted to make something a little different from the typical run of the mill banana bread. So when I ...

Chocolate Almond Banana Bread

 


I wanted to make banana bread, but I wanted to make something a little different from the typical run of the mill banana bread. So when I came across this recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread from The Toasted Pine Nut, I knew I had to try it! I altered the ingredients just a tiny bit to use what I had on hand and it came out chocolatey and delicious! It's gluten and dairy free and a great option for anyone who is not a fan of strong banana flavor - the chocolate and nut butter do a great job of subduing the banana. I think a slice of this banana bread would go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea or a cold glass of milk. I would definitely recommend you give it a try!


Chocolate Almond Banana Bread

adapted from The Toasted Pine Nut

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, plus 2 tablespoons for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Whisk in the eggs, peanut butter, and sugar. It's ok if the banana is still a little chunky.
3. In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add to the banana mixture. Stir everything together using a spatula - it will be very thick.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
6. Microwave the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter at 70% for 30 seconds until warm and a little melty. Drizzle the peanut butter over the top of the batter. Sprinkle on a handful of chocolate chips.
7. Bake for about 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack before slicing.

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This week marked the 6-month anniversary of the Read and Rise Book club and also 3 months since the launch of this website! I can't beli...

'Giraffe Problems' - Read and Rise Book Club January 2021

This week marked the 6-month anniversary of the Read and Rise Book club and also 3 months since the launch of this website! I can't believe I have shared 41 books so far that go along with our mission of creating a generation of children who love themselves, are full of self-confidence, and know their worth so that they can rise up and be warriors for kindness, acceptance, equality, community, the earth, and change for the better. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who is part of the Cardboard Mom community and also for the wonderful authors I've met along the way!


Today is extra special for me because not only am I sharing a new story, but I'm also celebrating the birthday of an extraordinary woman who inspires me and embodies everything the Read and Rise Book Club stands for - First Lady Michelle Obama. She inspires people young and old and spreads hope and kindness wherever she goes. For that reason, today's story will be read by none other than the First Lady herself (with a special guest!) <3


Featured story: "Giraffe Problems" by Jory John


I don't have a specific activity today, just a reminder that all of you are exactly what the world needs you to be - if the world needed you to be someone else, you would've been born someone else!


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This week we have another of my favorite books for all the little makers out there. In "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty, w...

'Rosie Revere, Engineer' - Read and Rise Book Club January 2021

This week we have another of my favorite books for all the little makers out there. In "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty, we are introduced to little Rosie Revere - a quiet, timid girl who collects treasures and builds secretly in her attic. We learn that she wasn't always so secretive about her engineering. When she was younger, she loved to make all sorts of interesting inventions for her uncles and aunts. Then one day, everything changed. She had made an invention for her favorite uncle and when she presented it to him, he burst out laughing! He told her he loved it but she didn't believe him! Little Rosie was so embarrassed that he laughed at her invention that from then on she kept her inventions - and her dreams - to herself.


Some time later, Rosie's great-great-aunt Rose came for a visit. Aunt Rose had built airplanes a long time ago and had checked off all her life goals except for one: she never got to fly. That one unchecked goal got stuck in Rosie's head and she couldn't help but take on the challenge of helping her aunt fly! You'll have to read the story to find out just what happens but I will say that Rosie learned a very important lesson: "The only true failure can come if you quit." (from "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty)


Featured story: "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty


Activity: Create something that flies! You can get creative and come up with your own original design, but if you need a little inspiration, Buggy and Buddy have put together a great list of flying crafts:

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It's January so it's time to start a new month of the Read and Rise Book Club. Since January is typically a time of resolutions and ...

'The Most Magnificent Thing' - Read and Rise Book Club January 2021

It's January so it's time to start a new month of the Read and Rise Book Club. Since January is typically a time of resolutions and trying to build healthy positive habits, I thought our focus this month should be on growth mindset because without the ability to grow our brains, we could never take on new challenges or start new habits! 


Our first book is "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires. It's the story of a little girl who sets out - with her puppy assistant - to make the most magnificent thing. We don't know what the most magnificent thing will be, but she assures us that she knows just how it will look and just how it will work! So she sets off to make her magnificent thing and it turns out ALL WRONG! But, she does not give up! Which is wonderful because if she had given up she wouldn't have learned anything and she definitely would not have ever made the most magnificent thing. So anyway, she tries again. And it doesn't work again. She keeps trying but it keeps not working! She feels a lot of anger and frustration and disappointment and is ready to give up. But after taking a break, she comes back and looks at her failed inventions with fresh eyes and realizes they're not ALL wrong, just partly wrong. And what happens when she takes all the right parts from the failed attempts and puts them together? Well, you'll just have to read to find out what she makes in the end! 


Featured story: "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires


Activity: Create your own magnificent thing! Choose a small toy or stuffed animal and create something that can be used to transport your toy. First, brainstorm all the different carriers you could make! There are wearable carriers like the ones made for babies, things you can hold like baskets or bags, things you can roll like wagons or strollers...
Once you have chosen the type of carrier you want to make, collect some supplies! Older children can sketch out their designs first before deciding on materials. Below, I'll show you how to make a simple box that could be used as the starting point for your creation. I used cardstock, but you could always use thicker cardboard or felt or fabric.

Simple box:
1. Draw a rectangle in the middle of your paper - this will be the base of your box. Then extend your lines so they stretch to each edge of the paper. Older children can measure to make sure their box is larger enough for their toy and to make the sides of the box the height they want.

2. Cut along 2 sets of parallel lines from the edge of the paper to the corner of the rectangle.

3. Fold along all lines - I like to use a ruler to help me fold along the lines easily.

4. Fold all the sides up and glue or tape the flaps closed. And there you have a simple little box!

Just remember, if at first you don't succeed, learn from it and try again! One thing I love to remind my children (and myself!) is that your brain doesn't grow when you succeed - it grows when you make mistakes. If you always succeed, you never learn anything new! So let's celebrate our mistakes and grow our brains! I can't wait to see what kind of magnificent things you all come up with! 
 


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