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Picture Book Month: Have a Too Cool Day!!

Picture Book Month: Have a Too Cool Day!!
Sunglasses - Too Cool!

Sunglasses – Too Cool!

Read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean.

“Pete the Cat did not feel happy. Pete had never, ever, ever, ever been grumpy before. Pete had the blue cat blues.”

Grumpy Toad usually was grumpy but on the day he met Pete the Cat, he was wearing cool, blue, magic sunglasses which made him look at everything in a new way.

When Pete the Cat tried them on, he saw the world in a whole new way, too.

Walking along with his new attitude, Pete the Cat ran into his friends, Squirrel, Turtle and Alligator and lent them his cool, blue, magic sunglasses. They saw the world in a whole new way just like Pete the Cat and Grumpy Toad!

Isn’t that cool?

Then Pete the Cat fell and cracked his cool, blue, magic sunglasses.

What would he do without them?

The Wise Old Owl told him the truth: Pete the Cat didn’t need his cool, blue, magic sunglasses to see the world in a new way. “Just remember to look for the good in every day,” the Wise Old Owl told him.

Pete the Cat looks all around him and exclaimed, “Too cool!”


Decorate a pair of sunglasses to brighten your day like Pete the Cat and his friends.



Strong glue like gorilla glue


Paint in squeeze tubes or bottles


Make your sunglasses the coolest ever – you don’t have to paint your glasses blue like Pete the Cat’s! You can paint them any color or design.

*Remember: if you paint the lenses, you won’t be able to see through them!

 Additional Reading:
Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses by Eileen Spinelli


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Autumn Votive Candle Holder

Autumn Votive Candle Holder


Autumn Votive Craft

Autumn Votive Craft

Welcome the fall season with a fun craft project! Use the Autumn Votive Candle Holder as a decoration for autumn or Halloween or Thanksgiving! Super easy and cheap to make too!



Large clear vase with a neck (See photo)

*Pine cones in different sizes

Strand of beads in various colors (sample in photo utilizes gold, black and red)

Small votive/candle holder (make sure that fits into the opening of the vase)

Small candle that fits into the votive holder or tea light; use autumn fragrances, of course

*Apples and pears

Artificial leaves in various colors

Potpourri in fall fragrances and colors

Candle for votive or candle holder

Optional: Ribbon (the size of the neck of the vase determines the width of the ribbon) in orange, brown, dark red, green, gold or dark yellow

*Craft and dollar stores sell real or artificial pine cones and similar fall items.


1. Wash and dry the vase and candle holder/votive so that they shine. Refer to the photo of the finished craft if necessary. You will be layering the objects listed above in the vase.

2. Fill about a half to an inch of the bottom of the vase with potpourri. Leave room for the other objects.

3. Let the shape of the vase dictate where and how to place the pine cones, apples and pears.

If the vase is narrow at the bottom, and widens just below the neck, place the small ones first. Don’t fill up more than a half to one inch of the vase with apples, pears and pine cones. Mix everything with your hand

4. Intertwine one strand of beads.

5. Add some leaves and potpourri. Mix again.

6. Place the larger pine cones, apples and pears next and then intertwine another strand of beads.

4. Finally, arrange the medium objects on top. Add the last strand of pearls and a handful of leaves and finish with potpourri. Mix. Make sure there is enough room for the candle holder/votive which should protrude above the neck of the vase just enough so that it is noticeable.

5. Optional: Tie a bow around the neck of the vase


Substitute for the vase:

Tiny pumpkins or squash


Small pieces of artificial straw of grass

Fall or Halloween stickers; place randomly on the outside of the vase

Mix it up!

Substitute for the candle:

Fall flower buds

Tiny beads in fall colors

Colored water



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Kid’s Crafts: Accordion Mini-Album for Father’s Day

Kid’s Crafts: Accordion Mini-Album for Father’s Day


Cardboard for the cover of the mini-album

Rice paper or wrapping paper or any light-weight paper to cover the mini-album

White glue, rubber cement, glue stick

Bond, construction, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper to mount the photos

Double-sided mounting squares or corners

Materials for decorating mini-album: sequins, glitter, paper, stickers, rubber stamps/stamp pad, markers, colored pencils

*Refer to the photos when necessary . Variation of the craft below the How-to.









1.  Measure the photos you selected for the album. Using those measurements, measure and cut two pieces of cardboard. If you are using thin cardboard, measure and cut four pieces. Glue two together and glue the other two together. This will make the cover of the album stronger. If you are using matt board or similar thick board, you do not have to do this. Allow to dry.
2.  If you are using 2 – 4 photos, measure four sections the height and width of the photos along the length of the bond, construction, wrapping paper or scrapbook paper of your choice. In other words, if your photos are 3 1/2” x 5”, you will measure four continuous sections each measuring 3 ½” x 5”. Cut the length of the paper (do not cut the individual sections) and fold in four. This will be the accordion or inside of the album.
3.  Select the paper you will use to cover the cardboard. If your cover measures 3 ½” x 5” add ½” to all four sides of the paper. Cut. You will fold the excess paper and glue it to the backside of the cover.  (The excess paper will be hidden by the accordion. This will become clearer in the next step.)
4.  Fold down and glue the corners first. Then fold down and glue the sides. Apply thicker glue when using thicker paper. Allow to dry. Use pressure so that the paper sticks firmly to the cardboard.
5.  Check the accordion paper against the cover and trim paper if necessary. Glue one folded section of the accordion to the inside of one of the covers. Glue the other end to the other cover.  Apply pressure and allow the glue to dry.
6.  Mount the photos using double-sided mounting squares. Decorate the cover with stickers, stamped art, markers, cut paper, sequins, and more.
Happy Father’s Day!

VARIATION: Don’t want to download photos? Sketch a self-portrait of you and family members instead!

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