"The Three Little Pigs" tells of three pigs who build houses—one out of straw, the second out of sticks and the third out of bricks. A big, bad wolf blows down the first two houses but can’t destroy the third pig’s house. In many versions, the wolf eats the first and second pigs while the third survives. In other retellings of the tale, the first two pigs run to the brick house and all three pigs stay safe inside. And it’s not only pigs and wolves but javelinas, dassies, tamales, gators, cats, fish, coyotes, foxes, bears and sharks.
What’s your favorite vegetable? Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, jicama, peas? Whatever it is, I’ll bet you’ve helped pass on a love of that vegetable to at least a few people in your life. Now, most vegetables are quite tasty in their raw state and there are lots of wonderful recipes available to tempt the reluctant veggie eater. But sometimes, it takes a while to successfully introduce a variety of vegetables into someone’s life.
Add bubble fun to your summer and learn about surface tension and evaporation at the same time. Last month, I tried a new bubble solution recipe that called for sugar. Now, you can get some fun bubbles from combining water with dishwashing liquid. Adding a little bit of sugar and letting the solution sit overnight leads to big, long-lasting bubbles! Plus, the bubble mixture was just right for blowing bubbles inside other bubbles. Sound impossible?
“Plant a little seed,
Watch it grow,
Soon we will have a vegetable.”
--- Nancy Stewart
When the sun came out yesterday, Nancy Stewart’s song began running through my head and I started thinking about planting a vegetable garden. Although I’ll wait a couple of weeks to make sure that there won’t be another frost, I can begin planning now.
Which do you prefer to experience first, a book or the film that’s based on it? Does it really matter whether you read the book, as long as you enjoy the story you’re watching? And does it matter how far from the original story the film version departs, as long as the general plot remains the same as the one in the book?
Every year, hundreds of picture books are published and readers get the opportunity to experience new combinations of story and art. Along with amazing drawn and painted illustrations are those created using collage.
Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.
The turning of the seasons is a perfect time to help your child hone her or his observation skills. With much in the outside world changing, things to notice are everywhere.
Before Pokemon Go and Munzee, there was geocaching. Often described as a real-world treasure hunt, geocaching is a fun way to explore the world around you with family, friends or by yourself. More than 2.5 million geocaches exist and can be found all over the world, in parks, underwater (known as divecaching), on hiking trails, inside buildings—almost anywhere and in many different forms.