Is this summer heat making your kids go a bit stir crazy? With the temps in the high 90′s and the heat index soaring here in Washington DC, it is just too hot to bring the boys to the park. This makes for very long weekends of being stuck inside with two active boys who need to keep busy. I was thrilled to discover a fairly new company Page’s Corner. Page’s Corner’s motto, activities that bring stories to life, is the basis of their fantastic product the StoryCraft Box™. The company is comprised of three educator moms, Beth, Aphrodite, and Wendy, who have a passion for combining the educational concepts of reading with fun creative crafts, to bridge the two together. The four C’s, Comprehension, Creativity, Character and Connection, are the cornerstone to their overall philosophy.Each StoryCraft Box™ contains a book, two teacher tested craft activities and the supplies to complete the projects. Also included in each box are supplemental reading questions and enrichment activities. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I enjoy sharing my love of children’s books with my kids. Children of all ages can benefit from shared book reading. Linking a story to a hands-on craft is a great way to encourage further learning and exploration.
Ashley, from Crayons and Caffeine, and I were excited to get our kids together for a playdate with a StoryCraft Box™. As a working mom, I never seem to be able to gather all the necessary materials for a specific craft in time for playdates. The overall design of the StoryCraft Box™ cuts out these time consuming steps, plus brings an educational element to the playdate. When the owner, Beth, asked me to pick out a book title from their online store, I couldn’t resist choosing Greogory the Terrible Eater. The book is about a young goat who wants to eat junk food. The story message is perfect for teaching children about healthy food options. It also would be great for children who are picky eaters.
The age ranges on the boxes are from 3 to 10, which is quite a huge range. Depending on your child’s age and attention span, you may need to shorten the story or just talk about the pictures. Our two little jumping beans, age 3 and almost 3, had a hard time listening to the entire story. However, at times when I didn’t think they were listening they would chirp in about a picture or answer a story question.The box with Gregory the Terrible Eater comes with food related crafts including a blank food journal and a reusable canvas bag to decorate. Since three-year-old’s don’t have the attention for two activities, we let the boys choose the craft they wanted to make. They were excited to draw on bags and so they did. While they were creating, we chatted about the book with them. Some of their answers were quite hysterical.They were quite proud of their finished products.Check out Page’s Corner bookself for the most current StoryCraft Box titles. They offer three different size boxes, depending on your needs.
The Weekender StoryCraft Box ™: Supplies for 1 – 2 children
Contains a single storybook, supplemental reading questions and enrichment cards and all of the supplies needed to create two themed crafts per child. Great for rainy days, babysitters, grandparents, gifts!
The Original StoryCraft Box™: Supplies for 4 children
Contains a single storybook, supplemental reading questions and enrichment cards and all of the supplies needed to create two themed crafts per child. Great for play dates, gifts, home schooling, vacation!
The Party StoryCraft Box™: Supplies for 10 children
Contains everything you would need to host a book themed party, including all of the crafts, supplies and enrichment cards for your guests to create and keep! 10 storybooks are included so each guest may go home with a story and a craft! Great for birthday parties, classrooms, libraries, daycare!
One lucky reader will win a Weekender StoryCraft Box™, title of your choice. What a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon with your children! a Rafflecopter giveaway