Feed Me Books Friday: Faith and Fine Motor

Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Early Present

I am adamant that B and T learn that not every outing or shopping trip means a treat for them. I avoid promising toys or special purchases in exchange for good behavior. Usually. But books are my weakness! This week while looking for a couple of gifts at the bookstore, I told B that if he was a helpful and patient shopper he could pick out a new Christmas book. I was almost as excited as he was when it came time to peruse the titles and pick out his reward.

“Building” a Better Understanding

Snappy Builder: NativityB loved handling all the new books and considering his choices, but as soon as I mentioned that one book included “39 pieces to build your own nativity scene,” he was sold. We brought home Snappy Builder Nativity. The story of the nativity is told in kid-friendly text that uses simple language in engaging rhymes. At the back of the book, 3 cardboard panels fold out to reveal the brightly colored pieces used to assemble the scene. Several pieces are used to complete the manger, which is flanked by a palm tree as well as a star and angel overhead. The rest of the pieces are the animals and people and their accompanying stands. The sturdiness and size of the pieces was just right for B’s dexterity; younger children would need considerably more help to avoid damaging the pieces. Once all the assembly was complete, B could enact the story with his figures as we read, which not only kept his fingers occupied, but deepened his understanding of the story as well. This is one impulse-buy I have no regrets about.

Appropriate for: preschoolers, primary grades.

Do you have any special books you enjoy with your children in preparation for the holidays? Hope you’ll share in the comments or link-up!



Ginny Marie December 17, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

That is so cute! Last week, we got Wendy's equivalent of a Happy Meal, and the toy was a 3-D puzzle of Yogi Bear. It was impossible for Lily to put together, and I gave it a shot. It has a billion pieces, and I gave up! This Nativity scene looks a lot more age appropriate...and is definitely a better subject matter! Thanks for sharing.

Raising a Happy Child December 17, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

This sounds like a great gift! We read a lot of good books this year, and I'll share the best in my post tomorrow.

Tracey M. December 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

I'm really enjoying the books of the holiday season. I find so many good ones on these book blog hops too! The build the nativity book sounds very cute and hands-on. Thanks again for hosting the link up.
One I have to make sure it include is The Little Drummer Boy, which was my favorite when I was little.

JDaniel4's Mom December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

This sounds like a great way to have children read and explore Christmas.

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