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Cleo and Caspar Coloring Activity | Barefoot Books

Have you heard of “book extensions”? During this year’s Summer Reading Program, our Global Program Director Stefanie Paige Grossman explained that “book extensions…are activities based on books that further enhance learning.” From pretend play to Big Kid Book Reports, book extensions reinforce the story’s characters, imagery and themes by prompting children to interact with them in a new way.

Cleo and Caspar Coloring Activity | Barefoot Books

“One of the most common ways to follow
up on a book is with a creative art activity,” Stefanie says. “While working on a book-related art activity, you might notice that
your child narrates her own story or talks about new creative ideas, sparked by the book. She’s making valuable cognitive connections!”

A coloring book is a no-stress art activity that can easily fill that rainy-day recess or antsy pre-dinner hour. With this coloring activity starring Barefoot’s favorite cat Cleo, kids can grab their favorite crayons or colored pencils and bring Cleo’s black-and-white backyard back to life.

Get started coloring Cleo here!

Looking for more adventures with Cleo? Check out these Barefoot favorites:

Cleo and Caspar Coloring Activity | Barefoot Books

 

Cleo and Caspar

Meet Cleo the Cat’s new housemate Caspar. When Cleo finds out that another animal has joined the household, she isn’t happy, but she soon discovers that new playmates can be fun. The simple, rhyming text is full of action verbs.

Cleo and Caspar Coloring Activity | Barefoot Books

 

Come here, Cleo!

Follow Cleo as she investigates the world around her. Cleo wakes up and makes her way outside where she climbs, skips and bounces until she is finally called inside for kisses.

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From "Tales from Old Ireland" by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey.

You can’t help but wonder at the mystery surrounding All Hallows’ Eve. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies film, Halloween has inspired popular culture for ages, spreading from Northern Europe to as far as Hong Kong!

But how did Halloween become the holiday we know today?

  • Halloween as we know it evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats for spirits who roamed the streets during a sacred festival that honored the dead, called “Samhain” in Ireland and “Nos Calan Gaeaf” in Wales.
  • Samhain festival-goers started dressing in ghost, witch and goblin costumes to escape the notice of real spirits wandering the streets. To this day, these remain revelers’ most popular Halloween costumes; just ask the spooks from our very own Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins!
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits on the Samhain holiday.

From "Tales from Celtic Lands" by Caitlin Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan

  • If you’re the last one frolicking about the bonfire on Nos Calan Gaeaf, watch out! According to Welsh legend, the spirits of a giant black sow and headless woman might carry you with them back to the spirit world!
  • According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside-out and walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
  • Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween.

Not so keen on wearing your clothes inside-out or hanging wet sheets by a fire? Celebrate instead with our monstrously fun Halloween craft, spooky recipes or scary-fun books! Befriend a not-so-scary giant (above), gallant heroes, fiendish folk and more in Tales from Old Ireland.

Wishing you and your family a safe and spooktacular Halloween!


Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot Books -- A perfect fall craft for kids!

This fall, decorate your windows with translucent leaves that let the sun shine through! Using office supplies and tissue paper, work with your family to create a stunning window display perfect for seasonal parties. This activity is inspired by Skip through the Seasons, which teaches us about winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot Books -- A perfect fall craft for kids!

What You Need:

• Templates (found here)

• Tissue paper in fall colors

• Plastic sheet protectors (or contact paper)

• Scissors

• Glue

• Tape

What To Do:

Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot Books -- A perfect fall craft for kids!

1. Print out the downloadable templates. Break open the sheet protectors and apply glue sparingly to one of the inside covers.

2. Tear off pieces of tissue paper and glue them down until you have covered one side. You may need to apply more glue where the tissue paper overlaps.

Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot Books -- A perfect fall craft for kids! 3. Evenly apply glue to the other inside cover, then fold it over and press down firmly to sandwich the tissue paper. Let dry.

4. Tape leaf templates to the page (Note: You could do this first so you’ll see the templates as you lay down the tissue paper). Carefully cut out the leaves. Make smaller leaves with the scraps.

Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot Books -- A perfect fall craft for kids!

5. Tape the leaves to your window or use string to make a mobile!

Ready to get started? Download a printable copy of these craft instructions and leaf templates here!

When you’ve finished, we’d love to see what you create! Share your photos with us on Instagram using #barefootbooks!

Skip Through The Seasons Paper Leaf Suncatcher Activity from Barefoot BooksWant to discover more about the changing seasons?

Consider our popular title Skip through the Seasons.

Whirl through the months of the year in this action packed seek-and-find book that takes young readers on an outdoor adventure as the months pass by. The detailed pictures offer a wide variety of items to spot, while also teaching the changes that happen in nature as the year turns.

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The crew at Barefoot Books is coming together and everyone is making paper boats to celebrate the release of Starlight Sailor in a new format—a large board book! Use these easy-to-follow instructions to join the crew and make your own paper boat, then share your nautical creations with us by tagging @BarefootBooks and #paperboat on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. If you’re in the neighborhood of our Oxford, UK or Concord, MA studios this month, stop by and make a paper boat for our maritime displays!


 

Now you can be a monster too! Without the whole scaring humans and stealing princesses part, of course. Use these simple instructions to make your own monster mask, customized just for you. Word of caution: while there’s no real monster, your creativity may be unleashed!


In The Girl with a Brave Heart, Shiraz befriends an old woman by helping to tidy her house, clean up her garden and comb her hair. The story takes place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, formerly known as Persia. Colourful, intricately painted tiles decorated the floors and walls of houses, palaces and houses of worship in this part of the world. In this activity, you will create your own mosaic tile inspired by The Girl with a Brave Heart and traditional Persian tiles.