It is time to encourage kids in their daily learning to tap into their curiosity, creativity, and imagination through outdoor play, around the world.
PJ’s Backyard Adventures is my upcoming children’s book series and my answer to engage children ages 2-8 in connecting daily with their love of the outdoors at a time when they are also learning to read.
PJ is a boy who has magical adventures in his backyard that take him to places around the world. In each book, PJ invites children to:
2. Practice sight words for kindergarten through 2nd grade in each sentence, on each page.
3. Find a sight word hidden in each illustration.
4. Trace each sight word.
5. Learn about geography (for example, the seven continents in the first book).
6. Draw a favorite place to play.
7. Practice creative writing on lined paper about where their adventures will take them!
My dream is that children around the world start connecting to one another through PJ, and the connection can begin even before the book is released! Print the above PJ craft, paste PJ to cardboard, cut out PJ, and your child can take PJ with her on daily outdoor adventures.
Connect to other families around the world by posting pics of where your family takes PJ on our Facebook page, Be Outside and Grow! Share this craft with any other families anywhere in the world you think would have fun with this.
If you would like to review PJ’s Backyard Adventures for your blog and followers or would like a sample coloring page for your preschool or elementary classroom, contact me.
About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen believes time outside transforms our lives for the better. Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the upcoming children’s book series PJ’s Backyard Adventures, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. She is also host of the video series, Get Out of the House, which shows fun ideas for time outside in every season. For Rebecca’s inspiring blog and free downloads, visit RebeccaPlants.com.