Showing posts from March, 2019

Science & Squirrels

Last month, I posted a squirrel coloring page. I also suggested watching squirrels for a while.

Science is all about making observations, after all!

This month, I followed my own suggestion and took some time to watch a couple of squirrels in our front yard. They weren't rampaging about, the way they often do, but a few minutes of watching turned into a fun science mystery. 

It started in early March, when I noticed a squirrel hunting through the grass next to our house. He seemed very busy about something, but disappeared before I could grab my camera.
The squirrel was back the next day, and a couple days later, there was another squirrel scampering across our front steps. This one had a bit of a reddish tinge to his fur, so I could tell it was a different squirrel.
Now, the squirrels love our yard.
In the fall, three or four of them will chase each other around the hillside, but usually they stay further away from the house. Also, we spotted a woodrat on our front steps a coup…

Learning About Eggs: Preschool Activity Pages

It’s time for a few science activities!

After writing Who Laid the Egg? a couple years ago, I created a set of coloring pages with a few of the animals from my picture book.

They’ve been posted on my blog for a while now, but I recently decided to clean them up and add some extra projects. After all, I’ve been busy creating other kid activities for my new coloring book!

I'm currently procrastinating on my next book, so now seemed like a good time idea to revisit Who Laid the Egg? and create something specifically for younger kids (and their adults) to do along with the book.

And guess what? Here it is!

I’ve created a PDF file that you can download and print.

A couple of these activities are based on science projects and ideas that I’ve seen elsewhere. All of the artwork in the PDF is my own, though, and I hope you will check it out!

The projects include a few riddles for kids to solve, a mini-puzzle to help preschoolers learn how animals grow in an egg, and of course, a variety …

Let's Read an Ebook!

Welcome to International Read an Ebook week!

If you are excited to check out the ebook round-up, feel feel to jump to the links below:

Picture Books
Chapter Books (Early Readers & Middle Grade)

But what if you've never read a digital picture book?

Chances are good that you've read at least one ebook before! Even if you don't have a Kindle device or other eReader, you've probably opened a PDF on your phone or computer to read.

What about children's ebooks, though?

Like a lot of parents, I prefer holding a book when I'm reading to my kids. I also love browsing picture books at the library. It's always amazing to see how many books there are, check out different illustration styles, and touch the pages.

It's hard to treat digital picture books the same way . . . but they can still be a lot of fun!

Most of the time, we use digital picture books when we are traveling. They're great for saving space when you need enough books to keep kids occupied for …