September 29, 2010

Bloggers Rock: Our Trip to Outer Space!

This week I'm doing projects from some of my favorite crafty bloggers as well as introducing you to book bloggers you may not know.

It's been raining all week, so I dropped by another fabulous mama's blog to get ideas for rainy afternoon fun. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun is a blogging veteran. While most of us have been doing this for a year or less, Valerie has been online for several years. This means she has hundreds of posts full of great ideas for fun with kids. Her site is well organized and easy to search for anything you may need... like a rainy day activity!

Inspired by this post, I decided to create our own rainy day outer space exploration! We had a blast creating our own starry landscape from black fleece and white felt. When have space explorers ever been so cute?

E tried to take a picture of me and my littlest astronaut in space. She didn't quite succeed, but I love that she captured this moment.

When they were done exploring the vastness of space, the girls created their own constellations.

Not bad for an afternoon stuck indoors! Thanks for the inspiration, Valerie!

Z-Kids @ Bookie-Woogie

It's a dad blogger! Z-Kids are a dad and his three kids. Every Monday "Dad" interviewed Gracie, Lily, and Isaac about their thoughts on their book pick of the week. The blog is actually on hiatus, but I'm mentioning it because of the wealth of book reviews contained in its "pages." It's fascinating to read the children's opinions on each book, and even more amazing to see their own illustrations of the story. Let me tell you, these kids can draw. Search the sidebar for lists of reviewed titles, authors, and even interviews with select authors & illustrators. As he points out, they accumulated:

90 consecutive weeks

100 total posts

75 book reviews

8 author interviews

92 books highlighted

104 authors & illustrators highlighted

285 pieces of fan art created  (wow!)

Wow is right! Check out Bookie Woogie some rainy afternoon and discover new gems in children's literature.


  1. Great idea! Our oldest has been really interested in stars lately, so she would really like this.

  2. Yay!!!!! I'm so happy you did this -- the photos turned out great! :-)

  3. That looks like so much fun. Our school has a space night every year and I'll have to mention would make for some fabulous photo shots!

  4. Ooh, this outer space looks awesome. I agree with you - Valerie's blog is fantastic!

  5. This is one of my favorite activities you have done. You inspired me to make an interactive solar system play set out of an old scarf. Thanks for the idea! I blogged about it here:


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