Edith isn’t into conventional toys all she really wants to do is read. From the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed she has to have a book by her side. All day I hear “mama read!” and as soon as Neil arrives home and sits down to relax for a moment Edith is grabbing a book from one of her many book boxes and is running over to Neil saying “dada read!”
While we have our own collection of books I like to mix it up a bit and I take Edith to the library to read and to borrow books to read at home. We have recently moved but at our old library had this amazing, huge Eric Carle rug in the story time area that we would spend time on reading books. Edith loved this rug because she could go around and identify all the animals from the Eric Carle books we have read. One of our favorites is From Head to Toe which is a super interactive book that shows animals doing different things and encourages you to try to do them took. This is a favorite book of ours to read at the library because they have an oversized copy that is bigger than Edith that we can layout and read on the big Eric Carle rug.
Each visit we tend to pick out a new Eric Carle book – I didn’t realize there were so many of them! Since I grew up with Eric Carle books these books each time we read one it brings me back to my own childhood, sitting on the couch or in my room reading The Hungry Caterpillar or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I love that I can share these books with Edith and Alder.
Edith has really come to love Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you see? and we have been reading it daily. I think it’s because since Alder’s birth she has become obsessed with everything baby. She is also obsessed ABC’s and the moon so I was thrilled to find out Gymboree has as new limited edition sleep and playwear collection by the World of Eric Carle. I loved the baseball style playwear shirts but what really caught my eye were the super cute and colorful pajamas. I immediately knew I had to pick up a pajamas with the ABC pants for Edith and I couldn’t leave Alder out so I picked up the moon pajamas for him.
Edith couldn’t wait for bedtime to wear her pajamas and insisted that she wear them for her nap. How can you argue with that? She wanted to read Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you see? for one of her three naptime books and ear her Eric Carle pajamas. Seriously too cute. Alder is a little small for his moon pj’s but he tried them out anyways after Edith insisted he try them on.
Don’t forget to head here to get your free printable Eric Carle coloring pages, mazes, games and more. For even more fun, download the Eric Carle and Gymboree iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!
Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, Gymboree will be hosting a photo contest, where they are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see. Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via our designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee. Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $144.99). The winners will be announced at the end of the contest period, which is 9/30/14.
Thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring today’s post!
This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.