Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes
For a super-fun cultural lesson, this is a completely new retelling of a classic Hindu tale. As a child, Hindu god Ganesha (who has the head of an elephant) loved sweets. But when he bit into a jawbreaker – against his friend Mr. Mouse's warning – his tusk broke off. But he later found a purpose for it – using the magical tusk to transcribe the seemingly endless Mahabharata, the epic poem of Hindu literature. We love getting lost in the pages – made amazing by the gorgeous illustrations from Pixar animator Sanjay Patel.
Download this free activity sheet from the Wee Workshop, and draw what loud looks like.
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Noel Daniel (editor) and Matthew Price (contributor)
In honor of Tell a Fairy Tale Day, we picked this Grimms' compilation – the most beautiful edition we've found. There are twenty-seven tales – including classics Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel & Gretel – with incredible illustrations that are a mix of styles from the 1820s-1950s and today. While the book is pretty dense for our preschoolers, they'll appreciate it someday. And in the meantime, after a quick flip through, we tell the fairy tales from memory – which is how those stories should be passed along.
Is it raining where you are? All the rain here feels a bit like Walter the whale's wet and watery world. Download this free activity sheet from the Wee Workshop and create an under-water wonderland.
The Olympics have been prompting lots of "where's that country?" discussions at our house. And our kids are obsessed with maps. So with that in mind, here are a few of our favorite map-related pins this week.
A favorite kids' book that's worthy of coffee-table-display.
We put a big 'ol schoolhouse vintage map in our playroom. Here's a similar one we love. This one, too.
How fun is this fabric velcro world map?
The lovely Fine Little World poster, illustrated by Steffie Broccoli in collaboration with Fine Little Day, is filled with cute details, animals and buildings representative of the world's various parts.
Kids can draw their own map, to help Leo the lion (who's a little lost) find his way home, with this free activity sheet from the Wee Workshop.
For more around-the-world inspiration, follow Wee Society on Pinterest.
Leo the lion is a little lost. Download a free activity sheet from the Wee Workshop, and help Leo map his way home.
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Danial Mizielinski
As we watch the Olympics with our kids, we've been trying to teach them a little bit about the countries represented. So we were thrilled to find what must be the most beautifully illustrated, kid-friendly atlas (that covers part of the world). It's for all ages, really. In addition to cities, forests, deserts and seas, each map features fascinating factoids – from famous natives, to local foods, to where to spot a leopard seal. Bonus: an appendix illustrates flags of the world (helpful for closing ceremonies "what-country-is-this?" game).
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's our favorite (and easy) heart DIY.
In honor of International Friendship Week, we recommend this brilliant picture book about imagination, adventure and making new friends.
Have you heard of moon sand? It's our answer to an in-the-house sandbox (sans mess).
We're loving this IKEA hack dollhouse. And speaking of hacks, check out Tattly Hack #103 (including a weightlifting porcupine tattoo).
We can't get enough of the Olympics. (Did you see the luge?) And here are a few fun ideas for kid-friendly viewing parties.