Marthe Jocelyn Sees Art Everywhere

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The following post is written by Marthe Jocelyn, creator of One Red Button and One Piece of String. You asked how I would describe my creative process? Well…I see something…a lost button on an elevator or a single mitten on a park bench or a note tucked under a windshield wiper… And I get these ideas… Hey, the lost button and the blob of gum next to it look like a pair of eyes, with that shoe scuff for the mouth, and, oh—ground floor, I’m getting off the elevator, but I’ve picked up an idea […]

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Litter Bug Arts & Crafts


In What Matters by Alison Hughes and illustrator Holly Hatam, a young boy picks up a single piece of litter. He doesn’t know it, but his small act has big consequences for the little critters whose path would have been blocked, for the grass that would have wilted and for the tiny stream that would have been clogged. The young boy in the story recycles the soda can. But did you know you can reuse materials that often end up in the trash as arts and crafts supplies? It’s easy and fun! How to Make Litter […]

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The Unnatural Selections Drawing Game

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Have you ever seen a Hawkodile? Or a Toraffe? What about a Cowaconda? All of these creatures (and more) can be found roaming through the imaginative universe of Unnatural Selections, a picture book by artist Wallace Edwards. To create this book, Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist, took suggestions from schoolchildren to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result is a collection of magnificent beasts that are sure to inspire the imagination. Since your students or children will be full of creative energy after reading Unnatural Selections, here is a simple drawing activity that pairs perfectly […]

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We’re Dreaming of Salamanders and Summer

Salamander Rescue by Pamela McDowell and illustrated by Kasia Charko

Winter seems to be sticking around–here on the West Coast we’re up to our ankles in snow (something we’re not used to!). So we’re turning to books about summer to remind us that the cold will end soon.   We’ve got Pamela McDowell‘s Salamander Rescue open right now, reading about Cricket McKay and her animal-saving, environmental-friendly initiatives. Cricket has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at […]

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The Dark Side of the Moon

Stargazing on a clear night, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot cocoa is so beautifully serene. Sorting out constellations among all the stars, finding planets, and, over the course of a month, watching the moon grow and diminish. This craft put us in mind of our picture book In the Red Canoe, by Leslie A. Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano, follows the peaceful canoe ride between a granddaughter and her grandfather, gliding along the water and watching the animals around them. They dock back home at night, when they seem to be in a […]

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Spelling is Hard

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Spelling is hard. And English words rarely sound as they spell which makes it even more complicated. But we have an easy-to-make and on-the-run way for teachers and caregivers to get kids to practice their spelling. 3 things are required for it: Sand — it can be kinetic sand, which is more easily malleable and stays in place better. An old pencil case Flashcards with words for kids to spell. Making this fun practice tool is easy. Simply put the sand in the bottom of the pencil case. Kids practice spelling and reading the words […]

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