e c a r G t s Ju Activity Kit!

Here are some things you will find in this kit:
1. Fun activities based on the Just Grace books to do with your friends or by yourself 2. How to make Grace’s 100 percent favorite breakfast food 3. Superheroes (Well, not actual real ones like Batman and Wonder Woman, but Not-So-Super (But Still Good) heroes you make up your very own self)

Here are some things you will not find in this kit:
1. Tips on the care and feeding of hermit crabs 2. Hairstyling dos and don’ts 3. How to build a really cool three-story tree house

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HE JUST GRACE BOOKS by Charise Mericle Harper chronicle the life of Grace Stewart, her best friend Mimi, and their friends Sammy and Max. Miss Lois, their third-grade teacher, gave Grace the horrible classroom name “Just Grace” so it won’t be so confusing with the four Graces in her class. Grace has a teeny-tiny superpower—she can always tell when someone is unhappy, and then she has to do something to help that person. So what kinds of adventures does a sort-of superhero with a fabulous downstairs French neighbor get herself into? Read all the Just Grace books to find out!
“Fans of Amber Brown, Clementine, and Judy Moody will love her.” — School Library Journal ★ “She’s a hero through and through.” —Booklist, starred review

www.JustGraceBooks.com Learn more about the author at www.ChariseHarper.com

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Postcard
Grace and Mimi make fabulous postcards featuring Mrs. Luther’s cat, Crinkles. Make your own postcard and send it to a friend.

Instructions:

1. Print this page on cardstock. 2. Cut out the postcard. 3. Write your message on the left side of the card. 4. Add the name and mailing address of your friend on the lines. 5. Put a postcard stamp in the stamp box. 6. Turn the card over and draw a comic or illustration on the front side of your card, or glue on a 4x6 photo the way Grace and Mimi did on their postcards for Mrs. Luther. 7. Mail your card!

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Your Superhero
In Just Grace Goes Green, Grace’s class learns about ways to protect the environment. Miss Lois asks the students to draw their own superheroes of conservation. Grace draws two:

In the space below, create your own superhero persona, complete with costume. What will your superpowers be? Will you save the earth? Or help cheer people up when they are sad? Or be the world’s greatest dog or cat sitter? Or . . .

Draw your superhero here.

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French Toast
Ingredients:
2 eggs ⁄ ¹ ³ cup milk A pinch of sugar A pinch of salt ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg Cooking spray or butter Bread

Whenever Grace has a big day of empathy superpower work ahead of her, she likes to eat French toast for breakfast. With an adult’s help, make your own French toast. Do you think Augustine Dupre loves it since France is 100 percent her favorite country?

Crack the eggs into a pie plate or other shallow bowl. Add milk and beat with a fork. Mix in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Heat a skillet or frying pan (be sure an adult does this part!). Spray the pan with cooking spray or melt butter or margarine across the surface. Dip the bread into the egg mixture; turn it over and dip the other side. Gently place the bread onto the hot skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes per side or until browned. Experiment with different types of breads (wheat, sourdough, croissant, etc.) until you find your favorite. Top each piece of French toast with cut-up fruit and/or your favorite jam or syrup.
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Bookmarks
There are so many fabulous Just Grace books. How will you keep track of the ones you’ve read? How will you save your place as you’re reading? With these bookmarks, of course! Print this page on cardstock using a color printer. Cut out the bookmarks below and never lose your place again! You’ll be the superhero of book place remembering!

How many Just Grace books have you read?
Keep trac k here

Just Grace
will remember your place!

❑ Just Grace ❑ Still Just Grace ❑ Just Grace Walks the Dog ❑ Just Grace Goes Green ❑ Just Grace and the
Snack Attack ❑ Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu ❑ Just Grace and the Double Surprise ❑ Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power ❑ Just Grace, Star on Stage ❑ Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes ❑ Just Grace and the Super Sleepover

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Comic Power
Grace loves to draw comics. Drawing can help her feel better when she has a problem. She also draws comics just for fun. Create your own comic in the panels below. Add speech bubbles to show what your characters are saying.

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Keep going. You’re al most there!

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Cats and Dogs
Are you a cat person like Augustine Dupre? A dog person like Mimi (who is 100 percent not a cat person because she is completely allergic to them)? A cat person and a dog person like Grace? Or a not-a-cat-or-a-dog person like Sammy?

Crinkles

Things I like about cats: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ Things I don’t like about cats: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

Mr. Scruffers (a girl dog with a boy name)
Things I like about dogs: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ Things I don’t like about dogs: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

I am a
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Make a Zine!

Augustine Dupre shows Grace how to make a zine, a tiny little comic book. Follow the instructions below to make your own zine!

Email a scan of your zine to childrens_publicity@hmhco.com. It might make the Zine Gallery at www.JustGraceBooks.com!
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Cupcake Fun
Who doesn’t love a glittery sparkly decorated cupcake? Make your very own cupcake to hang in your room. Don’t eat this one! Ask your mom or dad to help you make the eating kind of cupcakes once they see how cool this paper one turns out. (Great recipe on next page!)

HOW TO MAKE A STUFFED CUPCAKE
Supplies needed: Construction paper, scissors, stapler, markers, newspaper for crumpling, string
for hanging, plus anything glittery and glue if you want to make your cupcakes sparkly!

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Cupcake Recipe
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Makes 16 standard cupcakes or 12 standard and 12 mini cupcakes ¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 2 large eggs ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted ¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the muffin cups with paper liners. 2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium

bowl. In another medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter-sugar mixture, beating well after each

addition. Beat in the melted chocolate. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating just until blended. Stir in the vanilla.
4. Spoon half of the batter into a ziplock bag. Snip a ¼-inch corner from the bag and fill the

paper liners two-thirds full. Repeat with the remaining batter. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pan, place on a wire rack, and allow to cool completely.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Find lots more cupcake fun in this great book!
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Frosting Recipe
ALMOST-HOMEMADE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
Makes 3 ½ cups 1 container (16 ounces) Marshmallow Fluff 3 sticks (3/4 pound) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus additional sugar if necessary Spoon the Marshmallow Fluff into a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low. Gradually add the butter pieces, beating well after each addition, until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and the ½ cup confectioners’ sugar. Scrape the bowl well to incorporate. Add more confectioners’ sugar, if necessary, to adjust the texture.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Find lots more cupcake fun in this great book!
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Emotion Commotion
In Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes, Grace discovers that it’s not easy having two different feelings in your body at the same time. She makes up new words to describe the combined emotions. Try creating your own new-feeling words.

SAD + MAD = SMAD AFRAID + EXCITED = MAD + CONFUSED = HAPPY + NERVOUS = ANNOYED + IMPATIENT = EMBARRASSED + ANXIOUS = CALM + CONFIDENT = SURPRISED + GLAD = WORRIED + JEALOUS =

_______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________

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Super Sleepover
In Just Grace and the Super Sleepover, Grace F. has a birthday party sleepover in her backyard. Grace and Mimi have a fabulous time! At your next sleepover, use this handy checklist so you will be 100 percent sure that you and your friends bring everything you need. Try the fun Sleepover Activities!

Sleepover Checklist
❑ Sleeping bag and pillow ❑ Flashlight ❑ Favorite stuffed animal ❑ Pajamas ❑ Toothbrush and toothpaste ❑ Clothes to wear the next day

SLEEPOVER ACTIVITIES
Paint each other’s fingernails. Make each nail a different color! Use a toothpick to add polka-dots to nails or to create a smiley face, or even the earth if you’re really good at tiny drawing! Tell spooky stories. When it’s your turn to tell a scary story, turn on your flashlight and hold it beneath your chin, shining upward. It will make you look super spooky. Whisper so your listeners have to lean in to hear you, and then shout “Boo!” at the climax of the story! Have everyone lie on their back in a circle, with each person’s head resting on someone else’s stomach. You start the game by saying “Ha!” out loud. The person with her head on your stomach then says “Ha! Ha!” The next person says “Ha! Ha! Ha!” and so forth around the circle. How many “Ha’s” can you get through before everyone is laughing for real? Serve a super-special breakfast the next morning. Maybe even Grace F.’s Birthday Pancake Cake, even if it’s not your birthday! (Skip the candles, in that case.)
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Stuffed Creature
Make your own stuffed creature like Grace and Mimi do at Grace F.’s super sleepover. You can sew your creature if you’re like Mimi and love to sew, or you can use glue if you’re not in the mood to be that crafty.

Supplies needed:

Muslin fabric Pins Scissors Pillow stuffing Googly eyes Felt (sticky-backed and regular) Yarn Pompoms Sparkly sequins Glitter glue Markers Needle and thread or colored embroidery floss and embroidery needle

Instructions

Cut

Print the next page and cut out the pattern. This will be the body of your stuffed creature. Use pins to attach the pattern to two pieces of muslin placed one on top of the other. Carefully cut around the pattern, making sure you’re cutting through both pieces of muslin. Remove the pins to reveal your two muslin creature shapes.

Sew

There are three ways to put your creature together: run glue around the edges and wait for it to dry; use the colorful embroidery floss and sew around the edges; or ask your mom or dad to use a sewing machine to sew the two pieces together and then turn them inside out. Whichever method you choose, be sure you leave a 2-inch opening for your stuffing entry point.

Stuff

Take the pillow stuffing and push it through the 2-inch opening to fill the body of your creature. You can use the eraser end of a pencil to work the stuffing into arms and other hard-to-reach sections. Sew or glue the open section together once your creature is stuffed.

Decorate!

Now that your creature’s body is finished, it’s time to decorate him or her! Give him a fun face with the googly eyes and other accessories. Does she need a cape? A bow tie? Yarn hair? Be as creative as you like. What will you name your stuffed creature?
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Stuffed Creature Pattern
Here’s the pattern for the body of your stuffed creature.

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Color and Play
Have your own Super Sleepover adventures with Grace and Mimi with these fun figures! Print these four pages on card stock. Cut out the figures and accessories and color them in with markers, crayons, or colored pencils.

Grace in play clothes

Mimi in play clothes

Mr. Scruffers Mimi in pjs
Use these rectangles to make your figures stand. Insert one in each of the bottom slits.

Grace in pjs
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SLEEPOVER TENT
This is the front of your cool sleepover tent! Cut along the border and also on the dotted lines. Fold the doors back so Grace and Mimi and Mr. Scruffers can go in and out. Cut two rectangles from card stock that are 6x11 inches (these will be the sides of your tent) and one rectangle that is 6x8 inches (this will be the back wall of your tent). Attach the walls together with tape. You’ll have a rectangle tent with no roof. Decorate your tent with colorful rugs and sleeping bags and add drawings to the walls!

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TENT ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bags

Rugs for the sleepover tent

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SLEEPOVER TR AMPOLINE
Cut a 1x8-inch rectangle of card stock to make the base for your trampoline. Make it into a ring and tape the 1-inch ends together. Affix this to the bottom of the trampoline with tape.

Trampoline

More rugs for the sleepover tent

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