June 3

Bake-A-Cake Storytime

Today we read two cake picture books.  Because who doesn’t LOVE cake?

We read;

I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggioti

and

The Bake-A-Cake Book by Marie Meijer and Charlotte Ramel

Cake Recipe

This recipe is from one of my all-time favourite cookbooks, How It All Vegan.  This is the cake recipe that I make most often at home.  It is very quick to whip up!

Quick and easy Chocolate Banana Cake recipe by VJ cooksAuntie Bonnie’s Wacky Cake
from ~”How it all Vegan”~
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Dry Sweetener ( I use sugar)
  • 4 TBS Cocoa or Carob Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 TBS Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 5 TBS Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cold Water
Preheat oven to 325.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, Cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the sweetener, vanilla, vinegar, oil, and water and mix together gently until “just mixed”. Pour into a lightly oiled (8 inch round) cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Test with a fork to see if done, When cooled, ice and serve.

Delicious Icing

With a hand mixer or a stand mixer, combine 7 Tbs vegan butter or margarine, 3 1/2 cups icing sugar, 3 to 5 Tbs milk alternative, a few drops of vanilla OR for chocolate icing, a few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  You can add either a tiny bit more icing sugar or a tiny bit more milk until you get the perfect consistency.  If making vanilla icing you can add food colouring to make it any colour you like.

Decorate your cake with fresh fruit OR sprinkles and candy!

May 25

Mac B. Kid Spy 2 – Final Chapters

Today we finish Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Mike Lowery

Bitmoji Image In the comments I want to know how many of you guessed the answer to this mystery.

I hope you enjoy mysteries because next week I will start posting a short story mystery video each week for you to try and solve yourself!  It will be tough but also a lot of fun.

 

May 20

We Love Bees!!??

Today’s storytime is to help us learn to love and appreciate bees instead of being so afraid of them.

We read:

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall

and

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

I really love this video version of Bee & Me because it shows you a close up of each beautiful illustration.

Activity Ideas

Choose an activity based on the materials you are lucky enough to have at home!

Here is another adorable bee idea from Easy Peasy and Fun.

Learn to draw a realistic bee!

May 19

Mac B. Kid Spy 2 – Ch. 13-19

laptop reading

Today we read chapters 13-19 of

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Next week I will post the last chapters!!

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire video, just jot down on a piece of paper where you leave off and come back to it anytime.

After you listen, please use the comments section on this page to post any thoughts or comments you have about these chapters.

May 14

Mac B. Kid Spy 2 – Chapters 7-12

bean bag chair chill Today we read chapters 7-12 of

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Next week I will post the next 6 chapters.

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire video, just jot down on a piece of paper where you leave off and come back to it anytime.

After you listen, please use the comments section on this page to post any thoughts or comments you have about these chapters.

 

May 14

Julia Donaldson and Magic Potions

laptop readingFor today’s storytime we read two fabulous Julia Donaldson books and we make our own magic potion!

The books we read are;

Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

and

Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

 

Make Your Own Magic Potion Recipe

For today’s activity you will come up with your own imaginary illness and create a magic potion recipe for it.  Here is an example of what your magic potion can look like…

Witch's Brew on Behance

Your magic potion needs to cure a funny illness. So try to come up with something really silly.  For example…

  • your hair won’t stop growing
  • you cluck like a duck everytime you try to say ‘hello’.
  • your foot has grown claws
  • you smell like a wet dog for no reason

Your magic potion cure could include any magical ingredients you can dream up.  For example…

  • the tongue of a walrus
  • a piece of a cloud
  • the flower from a magical money tree
  • the heart of an ant

You can either write down your magic recipe or you can draw it like in the picture above.  If you email me your magic potion recipe cures I will post them below! b.ruel@theojcs.ca

May 10

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime

Today we start a new chapter book read aloud!  I read the first 6 chapters of

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Next week I will post the next 6 chapters.

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire video, just jot down on a piece of paper where you leave off and come back to it anytime.

After you listen, please use the comments section on this page to post any thoughts or comments you have about the first 6 chapters.