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Attention all story lovers! Do you have young children or grandchildren between the ages of 2-10? If yes, join the Gummy Bear Family Reading Club! TLE’s Sunday Gummy Bear Family Reading Club was such a great success, we are back by popular demand! FREE for all families!

You can register for all Sunday sessions or just one or two. You will receive a Zoom link for the session/s after you register. We look forward to seeing you there!!


Sunday mornings, join Enza from The Learning Exchange for a fun interactive story, songs, an easy craft idea and great parent resources that will engage both adult and child.

Family Reading Club Stories

Sunday mornings, 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. EDT, with The Learning Exchange and Enza.

Oct 16, 2022
Oct 23, 2022
Oct 30, 2022
Nov 6, 2022
Nov 13, 2022

Participants will enjoy:

  • The Gummy Bear Song and dance
  • Story time featuring a special story each week
  • Fun easy crafts for all to do together
  • Great theme-based activity resources and ideas for parents to do at home as a family to promote early literacy

NOTE: Parents and caregivers can find related activities and great follow-up resources online for each of the stories.



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#Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative.

Enjoy the stories, resources and activity ideas from popular posts from our website!

FAMILY LITERACY ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

TLE’S FAMILY LITERACY SERIESLEARNING IN THE OUTDOORSWINTER STORIES
STORIES TO GROW BYFAMILY ACTIVITIESSTORYLINE ONLINE
HSBC FAMILY LITERACY FIRSTFREE CHILDREN’S STORIESFREE BINGO CARDS

READING CLUB BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES

GUMMY BEAR READING CLUBTERRIFIC!BE YOU!
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IN MY HEART
IF ALL THE ANIMALSLOUISE LOVES ART

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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder, illustrated by Marc Brown!

Featured Story: If All the Animals Came Inside

What would happen if you invited animals into your house?

~ by Eric Pinder


Craft Activity: Animal Finger Puppets

Have fun putting on a finger puppet show with this easy-to-do craft.

Materials needed:

  • Scissors and markers
  • White glue or glue gun + glue sticks
  • Assorted pipe cleaners
  • Assorted popsicle sticks
  • Assorted google eyes
  • Assorted large and small pompoms

Directions Pipe Cleaner Animal Finger Puppets:

  1. Twist and loop a pipe cleaner around a finger to make a spiral.
  2. Attach another pipe cleaner to the top of the spiral body to add ears or hair. Add plastic beads, if desired.
  3. Glue a pompom and google eyes to the pipe cleaner where the ears/hair and spiral body are joined.
  4. NOTE: White glue will need a long time to dry. Adults can use a glue gun for pompoms to stick immediately.

Directions Popsicle Stick Puppets:

  1. Use pompoms, google eyes and pipe cleaners to make cute popsicle stick puppets.
  2. Use markers to colour and decorate sticks or to add things like a smile.
  3. NOTE: Adults can use a glue gun for pompoms and google eyes to stick immediately. White glue will need time to set.


Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Animal Finger Puppets craft.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Ideas:

  • Draw a picture of what your house would look like if all the animals came inside!
  • Pick an animal picture, download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

Never Play Music Right Next
to the Zoo
Kindness to Animals PoemLibrary Lion

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Kids’ Kitchen – Animal face
toasts – BBC Good Food
Owl Veggie TrayMini Panda Cupcakes
Penguin Crackers 7 Too-Cute Frozen
Banana Animal Pops
19 Easy And Adorable Animal Snacks To Make With Kids

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Cupcake Liner Elephant CraftPaper Bag Monkey Craft for KidsHeart Skunk Craft
DIY Octopus Craft Ideas
& Activities for Kids
Adorable Giraffe Finger
Puppets Craft
Hippopotamus Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids
Easy DIY Scratch Art
Paper for Kids
How To Make Origami
Animal Finger Puppets

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

Let’s Go To The Zoo | Animal Song for KidsAnimal Sounds Songs | + More Super Simple Songs for KidsAnimals in Action | Movement Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Sesame Street – HabitatHabitats and EcosystemsScience Kids: Animal Facts
4 Easy Animal Habitat
Sensory Trays
National Geographic Kids
Fascinating Facts about Giraffes!
Wonderful Whiskers! SciShow Kids
Animal Habitats | Animal Homes Echo Explorers GameElephants for Kids

Vocabulary:

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Animals Vocabulary GameAmazing Animal Groups
Science for Kids
Kids vocabulary – Baby Animals


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light.

Featured Story: Louise Loves Art

Louise loves art more than anything. It’s her imagination on the outside!

Follow Louise and her little brother Art, as well as her friend Andie, as they explore the world around them!

~ by Kelly Light

Craft Activity: Artist Painting

Materials needed:

  • Kid’s painting canvas (You can find this at the Dollar Store) OR a piece of art paper to create a painting
  • paint + paint brush (included in the package)
  • Optional: Extra brushes and paint
  • 2 small containers or cups for water to clean the brushes
  • paper towels or cloth to clean the brushes
  • paint shirt or smock

Directions:

  1. Make sure your child has a paint shirt or smock on.
  2. Prepare an area for your child to paint.
  3. Fill the small containers or cups with water.
  4. Unwrap the painting and paints.
  5. Carefully open the paints.
  6. Show your child how to use one colour at a time to paint.
  7. Clean brushes in between colours: Dip and swish the dirty brush in the first cup of water. Dip and swish in the second cup of water to have optimal clean brush. Clean brush with paper towel or cloth. Now you are ready for the next colour!
  8. Have fun painting! An artist is born!

Paper Craft Activity

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Artist Painting.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Directions:

  • Draw a picture of something that makes you happy!
  • Art Colouring Pages: Select an artist’s painting, download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

Henri’s Scissors – Read Aloud Story Book Inspired by Henri MatisseWhen Pigasso Met Mootisse
Stories Online
Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel
Art Books for Kids
Read Aloud

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Rainbow SpaghettiPaint Brush Rice Krispie TreatsRainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Rainbow Fruit Art For Kids
Simple Fish Food Art
15 Easy Edible Playdough Recipes Easy & Fun to Make!Edible Marshmallow Paint

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

How to Make Raised Salt PaintingsMatisse Paper Cut Outs
Tutorial For Kids
Interactive Painting Game
Plate and Cup | Marvie’s Pick (Sesame Studios)Rainbow Walking Water Science Experiment for KidsHow to Draw | Art Lessons From Art For Kids Hub
Paper Towel Art – Is It Magic
Or Science?!
Fruit and Vegetable PrintsDrip Art Game

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

Louis Loves Art SongThe Artist Song! | Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs with Sweet TweetsWe Call It Art Song! | Miss Brushes Art Academy | Sesame Studios
Primary Colors Song
(Sesame Studios)
The Lines Song | Art Songs
Scratch Garden
The Texture Song | Art Songs
Scratch Garden

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Top Eight Tips for Teaching Art to Children – Deep SpaceHow to Make New Colors | Miss Brushes Art Academy
Sesame Studios
10 Simple And Fantastic Tips For Teaching Your Kids Art
The Metropolitan Museum
of Art #MetKids
Made for, with and by Kids
12 Ways to Integrate
Science and Art
Virtual Museum Tours

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Color Words Rap
Spelling Color Words
Sight Words – Colors Words
Jack Hartmann
Kids vocabulary
Names of Shapes

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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds.

Featured Story: Be You!

Discover a reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special.

~ by Peter H. Reynolds


Craft Activity: “Be Me” Self-Portrait

Materials needed:

  • Assorted play dough or clay colours
  • Tools to shape play dough or clay (e.g. popsicle stick)
  • Foam sheet (for frame)
  • Markers (to draw on foam sheet)

Optional:

  • Small roller to flatten play dough or clay
  • Buttons, gems, yarn, google eyes to decorate the portrait

Directions: Use play dough or clay to create a “Be Me” Self-Portrait.

  1. Use the foam sheet to make your Be Me Self-Portrait.
  2. Flatten and shape some dough to make a face base.
  3. Use different colours of dough and assorted tools to create parts of the face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair, etc.). Add the pieces to the face base.
  4. Have fun and be creative.
  5. A new artist is born!


Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Be Me Self-Portrait.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Ideas:

  • Draw a portrait of yourself and colour it in. Draw a frame around your portrait.
  • Draw a picture of yourself as a superhero. Do you have a special costume? Download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

The Reflection in MeRemember To Dream, EbereA Bad Case of Stripes
Marvelous MeI Like MyselfMore of Me to Love

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

All About Me SnackEdible Frosting Play Dough With Only 2 Ingredients!Make a Healthy “Feelings Faces” Snack

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Easy Homemade Name PuzzleAll About Me Activities & Fun
Ideas for Kids
How To Draw A Boy And A Girl
All About Me BookIdeas to talk about:
Kids Talk About Self
Paper Plate & Button Self Portrait Preschool Craft
Create a Me Tree
A Self-Reflection Activity
Paint Me!Use your Name to Write an Acrostic Poem about Yourself

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

All About Respect! If You’re HappySesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”
What’s Your Name? Kids AcademyWhen I Grow UpThe Feelings Song

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TEDTeaching Character Traits to KidsToddlers: behaviour
Wellbeing For Children: Confidence And Self-EsteemBuild Your Tree – Learn About your Character Traits9 Printable Feelings Chart
Examples for Kids

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Me! Song Vocabulary | featuring Noodle & PalsCharacter TraitsBody Parts Song for Kids
This is ME!

Personality Quiz

Take National Geographic’s Kid Personality Quizzes to see what type of personality you have!

Mythical Creature
Find out which mythical
creature you’re most like.
Rainforest Animal
Design a house and find out which rainforest animal you are!
Natural Wonder
Which natural wonder
should you visit?
History Hero
Which history hero best matches your personality?
Ice Cream
What ice cream flavor
matches your personality? 
Shark
Are you gentle like a whale shark or funky like a hammerhead?
Dinosaur
Are you a cunning carnivore or a
happy-go-lucky herbivore?
Ocean Animal
Which ocean animal matches your personality?
Animal Trickster
Which animal trickster are you?
Wild Cat
Which type of wild cat
are you most like?
Gemstone
Which gemstone best represents your one-of-a-kind personality.
Threatened Animal
Which threatened animal are you most like? 
Snack
Find out which animal matches
your personality based on
your daily munchies!
Bird
Find out which bird matches
your style based on what
outfit you’d create!
Wildlife
Learn which urban wildlife matches your personality based on your ideal day in the city!
Explorer
Which type of explorer
are you most like?
Planets
Find out where in the universe you should call home.
Baby Animal
Find out which cute baby animal you would be!
Musical Instrument
Which musical instrument are you most similar to?
Superpower
Find out which superpower
fits you best.
City
Have you ever wondered which city suits you best?
Pet
Find out what kind of pet you would be if you suddenly sprouted four legs, scales, or even pincers! 
Greek God/Goddess
Find out which ancient Greek god or goddess you’re most like!
Time Period
Find out which time period you would’ve ruled in.


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey!

Featured Story:

In My Heart

A Book of Feelings

Celebrate feelings in all their shapes and sizes in this New York Times bestselling picture book from the Growing Hearts series!

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.

With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this gorgeously packaged and unique feelings book is sure to become a storytime favorite.

~ by Jo Witek

Craft Activity: Feeling Hearts

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • White glue or glue stick
  • Assorted hearts
  • Assorted stickers
  • Glitter glue, glitter dots, etc.
  • Optional: Decorative pieces such as buttons, sequins, gems, etc.

Directions:

  1. Use the craft materials to decorate your feeling hearts.
  2. Write messages, draw pictures, add decorative stickers and glitter to your hearts.
  3. Give your hearts to friends and family or make a feeling heart jar that you fill with the hearts!

Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Feeling Hearts craft.

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Ideas:

  • Draw and cut out hearts. Write messages and draw pictures on the heart shapes. Give the hearts to friends and family.
  • Hearts colouring page: download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings Storytime with DaddyThe Way I FeelA Little Scribble SPOT: A Story About Colorful Emotions
Somebody Loves You, Mr. HatchThe Kissing HandI Love My Mom

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Homemade Strawberry
Pop Tarts Hearts
 
Gluten Free Sugar Cookie HeartsHow Pizza Can Be Used To Get Kids Talking About Their Feelings

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Feelings Jenga GameHomemade Emoji SquishiesActivities for Toddlers:
Exploring Emotions
PBS Feelings GameRoll and Color Valentine’s Day Counting GameValentine’s Day Mobile With Tissue Paper Dyed Hearts
How To Make A Fancy
Origami Heart

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

Kids Feelings and Emotions SONG Animation with A Little SPOTThe Feelings SongSesame Street: Emotions Dance | Abby’s Dance Party #2
Sesame Street: Emotions
through Dance with
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Feelings – The Kids’ Picture ShowThe Heart Song | Valentine’s Day Song for Kids | The Kiboomers

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

How to Teach Kids About
Their Feelings
Ideas for Teaching Children
about Emotions
The Human Body: The Heart | Educational Videos For Kids
How Your Heart Works? – The Dr. Binocs Show | Best Learning Videos For Kids | Peekaboo Kidz

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Feelings and Emotions VocabularySYNONYMS FOR feelingsList of Feeling Words From AtoZ


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story TERRIFIC! by Sophie Gilmore!

Featured Story: Terrific!

Five friends are looking for something TERRIFIC to do. But with each having different interests and abilities…what could be terrific for them all

Climbing? Not for everyone. Swimming? DEFINITELY not for everyone. Hanging from their toes? Absolutely not! Will the friends find something terrific to do together before Snake manages to upend their perfect afternoon? 

~ by Sophie Gilmore


Craft Activity: Animal Rainbow Scratch Art

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Animal Scratch Art kit (example pictured below)

OR

  • Scratch art paper and scratch tool (lolipop stick)
  • Yarn
  • Hole puncher

Directions:

  1. Use the scratch tool to create patterns and uncover areas on the scratch art paper.
  2. Carefully punch out the animal (pre-cut designs) OR cut along the outline of your animal.
  3. Create or push out the holes in your art animal to use the yarn (provided in some kits) to add fun features to your art, such as a tail. Cut and thread the yarn through the holes to finish off your scratch art.

Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Animal Rainbow Scratch Art.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Ideas:

  • Draw a picture of something TERRIFIC you would like to do with your friends!
  • Pick an animal picture, download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

Private I. GuanaNever Play Music Right
Next to the Zoo
Animal Tales: A Menagerie of Stories for School-Aged Children About Animals
A Tale of Two BeastsStory Jumper Animals BooksAnimal Stories by Storyberries

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

Fun Food: The Coral Snake SnackPeanut Butter Strawberry Banana Owl Kid’s SnackLion Vegetable Tray that Kids
Can’t Resist!
Oatmeal Owls

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

67 Easy Animal Yoga Poses
for Kids
Learn to Count to 20 with
Number Zoo
Owls Coloring Pages for Kids
Foam Cup Lion Craft for KidsAmazing Animals | Free Printable
Worksheets for Toddlers
Animal Mix-Up Activity

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem

Jungle Animals Song | Kids Songs Nursery Rhymes | The KiboomersAnimal Alphabet Move and Groove A-Z | Jack HartmannAnimal Nursery Rhymes
and Songs

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Animal Types
National Geographic Kids
Ways to Help Your Child Learn About AnimalsSesame Street: Wild Animals
Elmo’s World
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Conserve threatened wildlife and wild places to sustain life on Earth
Animal Alphabet
Nat Geo WILD KiDS
Destination World: Africa
National Geographic Kids

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Wild Animals Vocabulary for KidsVocabulary, Games, Printables for Kids Learning EnglishLearn Wild Animals for Kids
Video Flashcards
 
Wild Animal Word Game 1Wild Animal Word Game 2Wild Animal Word Game 3


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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story EVERYBODY! by Elise Gravel

Featured Story: EVERYBODY!

From beloved children’s author Elise Gravel comes a reassuring picture book, perfect for trying times. Explore themes of empathy and unity with Elise Gravel’s signature quirky monsters!

EVERYBODY has strengths, flaws, feelings, ideas and needs. EVERYBODY!
Everybody is unique and different. But we are all more similar than we think. Just like you:
Everybody has fears.
Everybody has moments of joy . . . and moments of sadness.
Everybody makes mistakes . . . and can fix them. And, just like you, everybody needs to feel safe and valued.

~ Elise Gravel


Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft activity to do after reading the book EVERYBODY!

Materials needed

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers

Craft Ideas:

  • EVERYBODY has emotions. Choose an emotion and draw a picture to go with that emotion.
  • Make and draw your own version of the book. What would your hopes and feelings look like?
  • Tell a story using Emojis. 🤪😃☺️😭🥰😳😌😩😎😴😇😉

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

I Like MyselfMore of Me to LoveMarvelous Me
Remember To Dream, EbereThe Reflection in MeGetting Unbored

Recipes

Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

How to Make Emoji CookiesAll About Me
Healthy Lunch or Snack
Emoji Eggs

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

How To Draw A Boy And A GirlTLE Storytime
Be You!
Teaching Toddlers Emotions
Feelings & Emotions Cards with 8 Matching Card Games IdeasPrintable Feelings and Emotions Matching CardsFeelings & Emotions Resources

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem

Me! | Noodle & PalsFeelings and Emotions Song Fun Kids EnglishSesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”

Vocabulary

Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Emotions for Kids VideoExpanding your Young Child’s Emotional VocabularyFeeling Words for Kids


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