BOOK LOOK – Water Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas


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Water Can Be . . .

by Laura Purdie Salas


Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews (short) and companion activity adventure list suggestions (long).


SHORT P.L.A.Y.ful story preview:

Wanderings and Wonderings With Water in all kinds of Ways

LONG P.L.A.Y.-filled companion activity adventure suggestion list:

  • Challenge: BEFORE you read this book see how many ways you can list that water can be. Hint: Hard, soft, river, brook, etc.
  • Super Challenge: Which form of water is your favorite? Why? Describe the qualities that you like.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Now draw a nature journal page showing your favorite form of water and writing about the qualities you like in detail.

BOOK LOOK – Owl Moon and Winter Bees


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Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Winter Bees

poems by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen


Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews (short) and companion activity adventure list suggestions (long).


SHORT P.L.A.Y.ful story preview of Owl Moon:

Simply a Jane Yolen snowy winter classic – need I say more?

Time to suit up and make tracks in the light of the moon or snuggle up for this wonderful read.

❤ ❤ ❤ Or both! ❤ ❤ ❤

LONG P.L.A.Y.-filled companion activity adventure suggestion list for Winter Bees:

  • Challenge: Have you ever thought of bees in the snowy winter? Where do they go? Have you walked by them in the woods and not even known it?
  • Super Challenge: What other animals and insects are nearby in the winter cleverly hidden from view? How do you know? (*see snake lullaby poem!)
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Have you ever wondered how trees hang in year after year, season after season? What does the spirit and the survival of the trees tell us?

BOOK LOOK – Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner


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Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner

Ever wonder what happens to all the animals in the winter?

Where do they go when it is cold outside?

What do their homes or food look like?

Why do I see their tracks in the snow sometimes?

Well then this book is for you and your curiosity!

Time to curl up on a comfy couch, bring along your favorite Capkin and a nice hot cup of cocoa and enjoy this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story.

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BOOK LOOK – Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature by Jim Arnosky


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Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature

by Jim Arnosky


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Clever & Curious Crinkleroot = He Knows Nature

Simply Stated = How to Do Our Part to Protect Planet Earth

Super Series – Checkout more Crinkleroot Children’s Books

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: What calls to you: spreading seeds, planting, setting up bird feeders, protecting spaces, or ??? Time to make a plan!
  • Super Challenge: What needs your attention locally to help the planet? What do you see or hear folks talking about? What small steps can you take to help out or spread the word?
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Jim Arnosky’s stories with his Crinkleroot character have been created by getting outdoors in nature every day and P.L.A.Y.-ing. Read more about how his day’s are filled with doing artistic work indoors for 20 minute sessions and then getting outdoors for long walks in-between. What could your day look like so you are connecting to nature & P.L.A.Y. as often as possible?

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library ❤ ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK -Forest Has a Song -poems by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater


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Forest Has a Song

Poems by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Pleasant Poetry All Year & All Ages

Nature News & Noticing

Whimsical Words & P.L.A.Y.-ful Poetry

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Forest News (p. 8) – What can your read on the forested landscape today?
  • Super Challenge: Is it easier to read the news when there is mud or snow? Compare the two experiences and find out.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Invitation (p. 4) – Here is an invitation to sketch or paint a scene that matches this piece of poetry -OR- pick a different poem to design artwork that reflects what you see in your minds eye.
  • Super Spectacular Challenge: Does something out in nature call to you? Do you think you might write a poem? Rhyming ramblings or a simple sentence? Whatever works!

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤


BOOK LOOK – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett


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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

by Judi Barrett


Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews (short) and companion activity adventure list suggestions (long).


A SPECIAL WEATHER MOMENT

The short and long of it is we are experiencing a rare ICE storm in my neck of the woods in WMass so I have a very brief window of opportunity to send today’s blog post to you.

Our local trusted weather forecaster has labeled this as rare so I’m thinking perhaps it is almost, although not quite, as rare as meatballs dropping from the sky!

So today’s BOOK LOOK moment is in a different format and is quite simply for you to discover the wonders of Judi Barrett’s story.

Then fire up your imagination to see what kinds of things just may fall out of the sky the next time you watch the clouds roll by!

How many P.L.A.Y. adventures can you and your family come up with to match those “meatball moments”?

Sending Smiles,

Karen 🙂

BOOK LOOK – Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner


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Snowmen at Night

by Caralyn Buehner

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A truly P.L.A.Y.-full snow filled story that makes you want to get outdoors, build a snowman, and let your imagination soar in the sights and sounds of the night!

Need I say more?

Embrace the season and enjoy this simple gift during some of the longest nights of the year!

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BOOK LOOK – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


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The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Super Snow Step Story

Winter Walk in Wonder

Absolutely Artistic Adventure

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: What does a snow scene look like where you live? How does the snow behave differently on man-made structures vs. nature made?
  • Super Challenge: What does a winter wonderland look like to you? Set the scene and share it in your Nature Adventure journal.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Recreate this book cover with paper collage, or paints, or finger paints, or 3D Paint on the computer!

This was my Super-Duper-Challenge best P.L.A.Y.-filled effort to recreate the scene!

Do you see anything missing? 🙂


Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

❤ ❤ ❤

  Be sure to visit and support your local library!


 

BOOK LOOK – The Mitten by Jan Brett


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 The Mitten

by Jan Brett


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

See How A Story Can Stre-e-etch and Keep You In Stitches!

Elbow Room for Everyone

A Winter Wonder P.L.A.Y.scape

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Set-up a tent in your backyard or make a fort in the woods and guess how many people can fit. Test your theory!
  • Super Challenge: Have you ever worn something with stitches and watched it stretch and then shrink back when you wash it? Try knitting or crocheting a square to see how the mitten really could expand and if you can help it retain the original shape by washing it.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Knit a mitten and see how many stones can fit inside and at what point can it no longer expand and will it really go back to the original shape once it has been stretched.

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially P.L.A.Y.-filled nature themed story books!

❤ ❤ ❤

  Be sure to visit and support your local library!


 

BOOK LOOK – Red Sled by Lita Judge


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Here’s to celebrating the 1st big snow storm of the year that dropped a whopping 20+ inches of fluffy white sledding stuff on WMass!

Time to P.L.A.Y. – Snow Day!

Then curl up with some cocoa, mini-marshmallows, and this sweet book.

Red Sled

by Lita Judge


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

A “Scrinch, Scrunch, scrinch, scrunch,” Surprise in the Snow with a Sled – Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!

Winter Wonders & Animals in Action

Childhood Charm

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Sledding is P.L.A.Y.  for ALL AGES, big hill and little hills, will add some “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” time into your life!
  • Super Challenge: While you are out there make some tracks and create designs, or mazes, or fanciful artwork to simply enjoy or take a snapshot to share your P.L.A.Y.-filled day.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Write your own sled adventure and answer the question “Who would you like to see out your window to go sledding with?”
  • Super Spectacular Challenge: Create a friends and family event to be out in the snow under the full moon with thermoses of hot cocoa and marshmallows too!
  • Super-Duper-Spectacular Challenge: Can you spot any “smooth sled like” tracks near your home in the woods or at the local nature sanctuary? Who made these sled-like tracks? Are they near a brook, stream, or water source? What did they make this track with? Hint: Perhaps it was a Castor Canadensis that did! * See The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (here) to learn more.

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤