Monday, May 25, 2015

Adventures in Africa

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2015. This month's theme was, "Caldecott Award Winners" Keep reading to learn more about the books we read, craft we made and grab your FREE science geography journal page. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

This months theme was Caldecott award winners. We are huge fans of Caldecott Award books and love that our library actually puts all of the award winner books in one section because it makes it really easy to find them. However the particular book we choose was one that we had sitting on our own bookcase, Ashanti to Zulu African Traditions.

This book was published in 1976 and takes children on a trip through Africa one letter at a time. With each alphabet letter children learn about an African Tribe and their customs and traditions. The illustrations are gorgeous and include lots of details. I loved that each tribe has the phonetic pronunciation listed too. In the back of the book is a map of Africa which has all the tribe locations marked.

We also utilized our Usborne Geography Encyclopedia to learn more about Africa.

Picture of Geography Encyclopedia

We made two fun crafts to go along with this book. The first is a collar necklace that would be worn by women in Central Africa. It is generally made from metal but can also be made from cloth. These necklaces have been worn for hundreds of years.

  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  1. Color the ribbing on the paper plate using different designs, shapes and colors.
  2. Cut a straight line down the top part of the paper plate and then cut the inside circle of the plate out so that only the ribbing portion is left. 
  3. Slip the paper plate necklace around your neck to wear it.

The second craft we made is called a grigri charm. Grigri charms are made and worn by people in tribes all over Africa. Grigris are made from leather, ivory, fibers, bone, metal and sometimes even gold. These necklaces are said to have magical qualities of luck, protection and happiness.

  • Leather, cork, fabric
  • Twine, string or cord
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  1. Draw and color a design on a piece of leather, cork or fabric. 
  2. Cut out the grigri with scissors.
  3. Punch a hole in the top and thread a piece of string or cord through the hole.
  4. Tie the grigri around your neck and wear it everyday to have good luck, protection and happiness.

Free Journal Pages:
Here is the geography journal page that goes along great with this book. Download your copy here or click the picture below.

Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life Giveaway!
Why not have some fun crafting your way through some pretty yarn fun crafts while bringing a Caldecott Honor Book to life this month in the Poppins Book Nook! Every month this group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life Giveaway. The winner will enjoy two fun Caldecott Honor Book themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Extra Yarn storybook by author Mac Barnett and a fun Yarn Craft kit by Alex Toys. So let’s all get to reading to Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life this month with the Poppins Book Nook!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here

Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:

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