Easter Snactivity + Little Free Library Announcement

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I’m super excited to announce that this summer, one of our house projects will be installing a Little Free Library in our front yard!

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This is a Little Free Library photographed by Paul VanDerWerf.  You can find them all over the globe in tons of different colors, shapes, and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is that the books are free to borrow – you can take a book to bring home, then return that one or a different one to add to the collection. I love that these Little Free Libraries are popping up all over, encouraging community exchanges and literacy for kids.

Speaking of literacy, Easter is coming up, so in honor of that, Levi and I came up with a cute “snacktivity” that promotes reading skills. All you need is a few plastic Easter eggs (I bought a dozen from the Dollar Store for a buck) and some Alphabits cereal. An Easter basket isn’t necessary, but it’s certainly a nice touch.

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Before the bunny visits for Easter, have some fun with your kids while helping them develop their letter recognition skills with this easy activity. Just fill plastic Easter eggs with Alphabits cereal and hide them around the house. Once their basket is full, let them open the eggs and play games with the cereal letters inside.

Levi is learning letter recognition in preschool, so I would draw out a word like “EGG” on a piece of paper. His job was to hunt through his Easter egg letters to find each letter that makes up the word – one E and two Gs. Once he completed the letter search and assembled his word to look like the letters on my paper, he was able to eat his letters as a reward snack!

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Right now the Alpha-Bits boxes feature Super Why characters from the PBS kids show, which helped capture Levi’s attention. It’s one of those TV shows that I never mind him watching, since it’s educational and promotes reading skills. Levi, of course, loves that the characters are super heroes that solve the story puzzle at the end of each episode.

In case you’re not familiar with the show, Levi’s more than happy to point out each character on the box and tell you all about them :)

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Our entire family is excited about the new Little Free Library we’ll be installing in the front yard later this month. I can’t wait to share photos of the installation and what our neighbors think, too! It’s such a cool concept, and I really hope our family can live up to the mission they represent:

If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months. Little Free Libraries have a unique, personal touch and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. These aren’t just any old books, this is a carefully curated collection and the Library itself is a piece of neighborhood art!

Our family’s Little Free Library structure is being provided by Post Alpha-Bits as part of their summer literacy campaign. I’m not being compensated for writing about it – I just think it’s super cool and I’m really excited to be part of the project!

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  1. You know I don’t think I have ever bought these. I am going to grab a box and see if they catch my son’s attention.
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  2. I’m excited about your library too. What a neat idea!
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  3. Awesome idea!!
    The coffee shop down the street used to do something similar but that closed a year ago.
    What a great activity!
    I will have to try that with my little ones!
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  4. Oh wow, I’ve never heard of these little free libraries before – that is SO cool!
    Alpha-Bits are tasty – it’s been AGES since I had any!
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  5. Birdiebee says:

    What a great way to get kids to read over the summer months. I take my granddaughter to our public library during the summer months to sign up for one of their reading programs that have rewards from vendors in the area. I like the Free Little Library idea as our library is a distance and wish we had something closer, I wish you well and hope you get all sorts of summer readers to flock to your yard.

  6. I have seen those libraries before but never really looked into them more. Now I wish I had they look so amazing.
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  7. Such a neat idea, may try something like this with the boychild.
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  8. Playing letter games with alphabits is always a favorite for kids. Heck, we adults like that too!
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  9. We have one of those little free libraries on my bike trail.
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  10. That’s such a neat idea!
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  11. What a fun activity! That would be perfect for my son who is learning how to read.

  12. That is such a cool initiative! I would have loved this when I was a kid as I almost always had a book in my hand.
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  13. I used to love Alpha-Bits and I do not think I have purchased for my children. Great summer literacy initiative! I’m going to pick up a box of Alpha-Bits next time I go shopping!
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  14. I just heard of these recently, and this is the first one I’ve seen. Great idea!
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  15. We have these! One is even right on the bike trail.
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