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Product DetailsBook Review:  Gigi, God’s Little Princess by Sheila Walsh, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005

Sparkles, jewels, princess toys… If this describes your daughter, she’ll love this wonderful Christian princess book. Gigi knew she was born a princess. She loves to dress-up and play the part. She even calls her friend Frances on the royal pink telephone to let her know. But Gigi discovers the truth of her royalty. She is a princess to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She is God’s little princess!

My daughter Anna enjoyed this book and writing “Princess Anna” on one of the pages. As a follow-up activity, your child could make and decorate a crown with her name on it. You could make one out of paper or buy a foam sparkly one from a craft store, such as Michaels. Have fun gluing on jewels. Reinforce the concept that she is God’s princess.

Before my kids go to bed, they pray for everyone in our extended family plus their friends. A prayer photo album could help so they can see a photograph of each person they are praying for, especially if you are long distance from relatives. Buy a cheap, small photo album and add pictures of each family member, plus a missionary for the month. (Shutterfly.com has great coupon offers. I usually get most of my photos developed free from them.) If you want to get fancy, you could make a prayer photo scrapbook and have your children decorate the cover.

Product DetailsThe Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Tanglewood Press.

It’s time for back-to-school. For some of your children, it is their first time to go to school. The Kissing Hand is the perfect book for those first timers. Little Chester Raccoon is nervous about going to school and wants to stay home with Mom. His mother shares a wonderful secret with him. She plants a kiss in the palm of his hand and wraps it up with his fingers. Anytime he feels lonely and sad, he can place his kissed hand onto his cheek to feel his mother’s love.

Only a few more weeks until school starts. Are your children bored? I write activities for a web site called education.com and thought I’d post links to some of the activities that have gotten lots of comments. Anna and Isaac, my children, were so busy last month making these wonderful projects for me. These activities will give you quality time to spend with your children, plus help them learn something in the process. Enjoy!

Back-to-School Calendar
Healthy Food Hunt
Make Your Own Rubber Stamp Flashcards
Create Hamburger Cookies
Create a Wooden Alphabet Letter Set

Product DetailsBook Review:  The Double Dabble Surprise #1 in the Cul-de-Sac Kids Series by Beverly Lewis, published by Bethany House, 1995.
                         
The Cul-de-Sac Kids Series is an awesome Christian chapter book series for young kids around a 2nd – 3rd grade reading level. My 6-year-old daughter Anna really enjoys them. There are 24 books in this series, and I think we’re on book #9. While searching for a Christian chapter book for my daughter, I was drawn to this book because the family in the story adopted children from Korea! I eventually used it to explain to Anna that her mommy was adopted long ago. In this series, a group of children who live on a cul-de-sac have a club and encounter many adventures and mysteries together, all while learning more about living for God. If you’re needing a chapter book series for your kids, try this out!

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