Keeping dry when rain falls from the sky
May 01, 2012
It’s been raining a ton lately where I live. It rained so much last week that it created a little river in my backyard! It’s dried up now but that was a crazy amount of rain.
So last week, before all this rain started, I dressed in sandals, jeans and a t-shirt to go to school. It was supposed to be a nice day, but then at lunch time it started; the rain, the lightning, the thunder. It went on for three hours and then, when school was out I had to walk home. And let me just tell you how annoying it is to walk almost a mile in wet sandals, wet jeans and wet feet that feel soaked to the bone. It was so NOT fun, especially because when jeans get wet they get really, really heavy. I had to pick up my feet like I was marching so I wouldn’t be wet all the way up to my waist!
So anyway, my point is, keep those boots and raincoat handy, people. Even if you have to bring them to school in your backpack (make sure your name is on them so if you lose them someone can return them). It’s worth it not to have to walk home completely soaked.
It is spring after all. And April showers bring May flowers!
Stay dry, friends!
Arbor Day is for trees!
April 25, 2012
If you answered trees, then you’re right on the money! I’m talking about trees today because Friday is a beary important day. It’s Arbor Day. Arbor Day started in Nebraska City, Nebraska more than 100 years ago. On that first Arbor Day, almost 1 million trees were planted!
The cool thing about Arbor Day is that it’s meant to be a special day for people to plant and care for trees in their communities. Because trees are so important and always give so much to us, it’s good to repay them. Trees give us oxygen to breath and shade to take naps in. Their roots also spread into the ground and keep dirt from washing away when it rains really hard. Birds make nests in their branches where they raise their babies, and other animals sometimes live in tree trunks. Trees are so awesome. I’m so glad we have a day just for them.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to plant a tree!
April 23, 2012
I'm always looking for awesome crafts to do with my friends, and I finally found one that I thought you'd like to do with your friends, too! This is a really fun craft that you can do with items you usually have around the house. You’ll need: a sock that has no match, craft glue, felt, yarn, buttons, googly eyes, puff paint, beads. All of these things are optional, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.
1. Protect your work surface and make sure you have an adult’s supervision if you’re going to be using sharp scissors.
2. Pick out two googly eyes, buttons or beads for the eyes of your sock puppet. Glue them on top of your sock, like the picture below. Remember: the more creative items you choose for your puppet, the better looking your puppet will be. I picked googly eyes for mine.
1. Pick out a button or a big bead that you want to use as a nose and glue it underneath the eyes. I picked a button for my puppet’s nose.
2. Then you can get really creative. Think about all the things that can be on a human head, like ears, hair (long or short), a beard, a mustache, earrings on the ears, etc. Then, use your noggin and finish off the head of your puppet. I picked yarn to make a little bit of hair and I found some leftover felt to make ears. I made a mustache with felt of a different color because I wanted it to stand out. Mustaches are so funny!
3. Once the glue is dry and you’ve completed the top part of your puppet, you can flip it over and make a mouth with fabric paint. I used red puff paint.
I might add a big pink tongue later, like one that hangs out of its mouth even when it’s closed. Some dogs’ tongues do that and it’s funny looking so I might want to make my puppet look like that.
4. Then when everything is dry you can make another one if you want! You can make all kinds of sock puppets with different looks and personalities.
It would be fun to invite your friends over so you could all do a puppet show! When I do this I’m just going to pop out behind our couch so people can only see the puppet. Hmm… now I have to name my puppet. I know, I’ll name him Mister. Lots of funny puppet show scripts can include a Mister!