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“The Leaf Thief ” by Alice Fleming and Nicola Slater

Be sure to make leaf rubbings after reading The Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers) by Alice Fleming and Nicola Slater with the children in your care.

The Leaf Thief is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change, and the seasons.

The main character is Squirrel and he loves counting the leaves on his tree. There are red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends.

With vibrant art and captivating characters, the magic of autumn is captured beautifully on each page as readers tag along Squirrel’s forest adventure. Is there truly a leaf thief afoot, or is something else going on in Squirrel’s forest?

The Leaf Thief is a perfect exploration of change — both seasonal, and the anxiety that change sometimes causes. Bonus material explaining about the changing of the seasons is also included.

You can purchase your own copy of The Leaf Thief by clicking the links in this review or by visiting my storefront at https://www.amazon.com/shop/bethebestnannynewsletter

Leaf Rubbings

You Will Need:

Paper Bag
Leaves
Light Color Paper
Crayons or Colored Pencils

What to Do:

1. Give the child a paper bag and go on a nature hike to collect different types of sturdy leaves.

2. It’s easier for you kids to use crayons but you can use colored pencils as well. If using crayons, remove the paper wrapper from several crayons.

3. Place a small piece of tape on stem of leaves and tape to the table.

4. Place a piece of paper over the leaves and use a little tape to hold the paper firmly on the leaves.

5. Have the child rub the side of the crayon over the paper.

6. The leaves shape and features will appear.

Chicken and Leek Cream Stew

When I cooked for a family that moved to the United States from Europe I simply Googled a metric conversion chart to transform grams into ounces for the recipes they liked me to prepare for them. The family absolutely loved this comforting stew recipe found on the bbcgoodfood web site. Click here to here to […]

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The Color Monster

Halloween has a lot of scary characters but the monster in The Color Monster by Anna Llenas is not scary at all. The Color Monster helps children identify emotions and feel more in control. One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, […]

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Stir-Fried Udon

Cooking for Families This is such an easy and delicious dinner that tastes better than takeout stir-fried udon. I sound the recipe on epicurious. I used ground turkey instead of ground pork. But you can make this vegetarian by using shiitake or crimini mushrooms to replace the animal protein. I also used both red and […]

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Twirling Hanging Leaves

Creative Wednesdays Autumn is my favorite season. I have so many Autumn leaf projects on my blog. Click here to see some of my favorite leaf projects. This year I wanted to try something new so my Nanny Kid and I made this pretty project that allows the leaves to twirl. We cut out paper leaves […]

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“The Anxiety Workbook for Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries” by Robin Alter and Crystal Clarke

Have you ever cared for a child that was scared to go to school, eat a new food, join a sport, or so extremely shy that they were unwilling to play with kids at the playground? Does the child become irritable, jittery, over-tired, sleepless, or have physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches due to […]

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Apple and Berry Crostata

It’s Autumn and officially apple harvest season. I am no pastry chef and have trouble making pretty pies. Making a crostata doesn’t require excellent pastry skills but tastes as good as a pie. I added some summer berries we had left in the fridge to add extra flavor to this delicious apple desert. Don’t forget […]

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Read “Too Many Pumpkins” and Make a Pumpkin Using Scissor Skills

It’s pumpkin season! I used an orange marker to make dashes on orange paper for the kids to practice using their scissor skills. Then, we made these little pumpkins with the orange strips of paper. Be sure to read Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White with the children while they make these pumpkins. You Will […]

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Sheet-Pan Chicken with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

The children I care for call this “Pizza Chicken.” It’s super easy to make in the oven just on a baking sheet. I found the recipe on the epicurious web site. You can always not add pepperoni or onions if the children don’t like these ingredients. You Will Need: 3 pints grape tomatoes, halved1/4 cup […]

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“Too Many Carrots,” Origami, Carrot Cookies, and Worksheets

Lesson Plans Too Many Carrots is such a cute story about kindness all children love. Rabbit loves carrots and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his animal friends offer to help, they’re just […]

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