Great Books to Read and Fun Things to Do with Them

Great Books to Read and Fun Things to Do with Them

by Mary Beth Lagerborg, Jane Jarrell

A fun parenting book that provides activities to reinforce lessons in great children's books.  See more details below


A fun parenting book that provides activities to reinforce lessons in great children's books.

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Publication date:
Little Books for Busy Moms
Product dimensions:
4.49(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.41(d)

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Great Books to Read and Fun Things to Do with Them

By Jane C. Jarrell


Copyright © 2000 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-23515-4

Chapter One


Winter Wonderful

I am always with you, to the very end. Matthew 28:20

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By: Ezra Jack Keats Published by: Viking Press

The Snowy Day tells of the quiet adventures of a young boy as he plays in the deep, deep snow. Snow clouds hang low and threatening; a winter day is surely here. January is smack dab in the middle of winter. If you live in a cold climate, scarves, mittens, and gloves are usually the requirement of the day. Think back to "snow days" when you were young, those days when school was closed because of heavy snow. Snowflakes, snowballs, and rosy cheeks made the day fly by in tantalizing style. Sledding into the frozen pond wore you out so much that you were too tired to lift your hot chocolate. When the sounds of a crackling fire are what you long to hear, nestle into your kitchen and recreate a little of the outside with these ideas.

Teaching Tips

The beauty of freshly fallen snow offers hours of frozen fun. When the boundless possibilities of a new snow come your way, try this idea for extra family fun: Create a snow family. Make a snowman and a snow lady to represent Mom and Dad, then create snow brothers and sisters.

Discuss with your children how God created each individual snowflake to be different, unique and special. Tell them how, in the same way, God also created each person in your family with unique and special qualities. Use this opportunity to discuss good things about each family member.


Tortilla Snowflakes

Things You'll Need:

wax paper
child safety scissors
2 small bowls
pastry brush
cutting board
cookie sheet


8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place tortilla on wax-paper-covered cutting board. Fold a tortilla in half sideways and then fold in half again (similar to folding paper to cut out snowflakes). Using safety scissors, cut out small holes.

3. Unfold the tortilla and you have a snowflake; repeat with remaining tortillas.

4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

5. Paint the melted butter over the tortilla snowflake with a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

6. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

Snow Crunch

Things You'll Need:

measuring cups
large bowl
large wooden spoon
medium microwave-safe bowl
wax paper


1 cup small salty pretzels
1 cup peanuts
1 cup marshmallows
1 cup cheese crackers
1 cup raisins
1 cup small pieces chocolate candy
1 cup dried cereal
3 cups white almond bark, melted


1. Measure all ingredients except the white almond bark into a large bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine.

2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the white almond bark in the microwave according to package directions.

3. Stir the melted white almond bark into the large bowl of ingredients until thoroughly coated.

4. Pour out onto a surface that has been covered with wax paper. Let harden.

5. When hard, break into pieces and serve.

Cherry Snowballs

Things You'll Need:

food processor or large plastic bag with rolling pin
large bowl
wooden spoon
measuring cup
airtight container


1 box vanilla wafers
1 (6-ounce) can frozen cherry juice, thawed
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine, melted and cooled
1 cup shredded coconut


1. Crush the wafers in a food processor, or put into a large plastic bag and roll with a rolling pin until finely crushed.

2. In a large bowl, combine crushed wafers, cherry juice, powdered sugar, and melted margarine. Stir thoroughly.

3. Let dough stand for about 30 minutes.

4. Scoop out dough with a teaspoon and roll into balls.

5. Roll the balls in shredded coconut until covered.

6. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Snow Cloud Cakes

Things You'll Need:

wax paper
medium microwave-safe bowl
small bowl
wooden spoon


1 large prepared angel food cake
1 package vanilla baking chips
1 container decorative silver balls (because every cloud has a silver lining)


1. Tear large pieces from the angel food cake to form "clouds."

2. Place vanilla chips in a microwavable bowl and melt on medium in 40-second intervals. Stir until smooth.

3. Dip one side of each piece of angel food cake into the melted vanilla chips.

4. Place silver balls into a small bowl. Dip the vanilla-coated side of each "cloud" into the silver balls and place onto wax paper to harden.

Art Adventures

Snowman Scene

Things You'll Need:

blue construction paper
small round white stickers
white construction paper (cut into 3 graduated circles)
black construction paper (for the hat, and 2 small circles for eyes)
red construction paper (cut into triangles for the mouth and buttons)
orange construction paper (for the nose and scarf)
white glue


1. After all the different shapes have been cut out, glue them onto the blue paper to form a snowman and landscape as simple or as elaborate as desired.

2. Place round white stickers around the picture to resemble falling snow.

Snowy Day Shovels

Things You'll Need:

black construction paper
red construction paper
aluminum foil
11 x 14 sheet of construction paper (for background)
child safety scissors
Scotch tape


1. Cut a 1 1/2 inch by 8-inch strip of red construction paper for the handle.

2. Cut a 2-inch by 2-inch strip of black construction paper to connect the handle to the shovel.

3. Cut a 4-inch by 4-inch square of aluminum foil for the shovel.

4. Tape one edge of the black construction paper to the back of the long red strip of construction paper. Then tape the other end of the black construction paper to the back of the aluminum foil square.

5. Glue the entire shovel to a large piece of construction paper and write underneath: "I'll help you shovel snow, Dad."

Toothbrush Snow Pictures

Things You'll Need:

black or dark blue construction paper
white tempera paint
paint smocks
tracing paper


Excerpted from Great Books to Read and Fun Things to Do with Them by Jane C. Jarrell Copyright © 2000 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
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