School's out . . . let the summer fun begin! ☀️
Summer is the perfect time to encourage our little ones to spend time outside, get active, and make wonderful, colorful memories either through exploration, community involvement, or being with family and friends.
Reading is also a great activity to engage your children in over the summer, for it benefits little ones long after the summer ends. There is no doubt that reading and being read to consistently is critical for children's growth and development, providing them with key skills that will help them thrive inside and outside of the classroom. Not only is summer the perfect time to make time for reading, but it is also the perfect season to make reading fun, thus cultivating a lifelong love of reading.
In support of its mission of publishing inspiring children's books and taking them off the page through a variety of book-inspired educational and entertaining content, The Blossom Company has prepared the guide below filled with online resources that provide everything you'll need to inspire a wonderful, colorful summer of reading, learning, and growth.
Start off with Poppy & Posie's Interactive Storytime (video above!) 📖
Help your child develop an excitement for a summer of stories with Poppy & Posie’s interactive and engaging read-aloud of their award-winning book, “The Blossom Shoppe,” available to watch on their YouTube Channel.
Engage with the Blossom Sisters' story through fun and thought-provoking printable activities:
A story doesn't stop at "The End". . . it just begins! These free, printable activities are designed to be both educational and fun. From story-inspired coloring pages to reflective reading activities, our printable worksheets will get your little one thinking critically about the main messages of "The Blossom Shoppe", making real-world connections, and discovering the power of reading.
Take "The Blossom Shoppe" off the page with Poppy & Posie's DIY activities and crafts:
Your little one will connect to the Blossom Sisters' story in a whole new way with these hands-on activities. Either by baking and making Mama Blossom's famous cupcake bouquet or creating a special one-of-a-kind blossom designed to boost confidence, each DIY activity is guaranteed to promote a lifelong love of reading by conveying all the creativity and fun books can inspire. These activities are also great ways to make long-lasting summer memories by doing them with family and friends!
Sing and dance along to "The Blossom Shoppe" through Poppy & Posie's music and interactive YouTube show:
Continue to take the story of "The Blossom Shoppe" off the page through music and movement! Poppy & Posie's songs are written by the Blossom Sisters themselves and are inspired by their award-winning story and its meaningful message. Through song and dance, your little one will get excited about reading and stories while following along to dances that are specially choreographed to be both fun and physically-beneficial. Download their original songs by clicking here and visit their YouTube channel to sing and dance along by clicking here.
OR become a part of "The Blossom Shoppe" itself by submitting to be a part of the Blossom Sisters' YouTube show! With each meaningful topic that Poppy & Posie address in their songs and show episodes, they give Blossom Kids from around the world the opportunity to join in the conversation and express themselves creatively through the creation of videos that involve collaborating with family and friends, directing, performing, and building up the confidence to share their one-of-a-kind talents with the world! To submit to their upcoming episode, click here.
Join Poppy & Posie's #IAMBLOSSOM Campaign:
In the story of "The Blossom Shoppe", Poppy & Posie learn about the amazing things that can happen when we have the courage to let our true colors shine. Now, Poppy & Posie inspire Blossom Kids from all around the world to do the same through their #IAMBLOSSOM Campaign. Not only is this special campaign a great book-based activity, it will give your little one the opportunity to share and celebrate their one-of-a-kind talents and capabilities to cultivate confidence to be carried with them into each school-year and beyond.
Send a Message to the Blossom Sisters:
Let Poppy & Posie know how your wonderful, colorful summer is going by sending a message straight to the Blossom Shoppe! Share photos of your completed crafts, videos of you singing and dancing along to their songs, a message telling them your favorite part of their story, or even just a note to say hello! Why not even become Poppy & Posie's summer penpal?! Your little one will love getting to send a message to the main characters of "The Blossom Shoppe" through this one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with storybook characters one-on-one, and in turn, excite them about stories as they continue their summer of reading.
Poppy & Posie can't wait to receive your message and respond with a special note of their own!
Have a Blossom Summer! 🌸
Caroline & Katherine Brickley
Sisters and Co-Founders of The Blossom Company
"The Blossom Shoppe" Book
Poppy & Posie's interactive read-aloud of "The Blossom Shoppe"
Poppy & Posie's YouTube Show
Poppy & Posie's Music
"The Blossom Shoppe" Coloring packet
Poppy & Posie's Printable Reading Activities
Poppy & Posie's DIY Activities and Crafts
Poppy & Posie's Blossom Birthday Guide