Fall #62 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

” Marked + Majestic + Magical ” 

Bonus Color Challenge Black/White/Orange 

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 5 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


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CHAPTER 5

Paddy Keeps His Promise


Paddy the Beaver kept right on working just as if he hadn’t any visitors. You see, it is a big undertaking to build a dam. And when that was done there was a house to build and a supply of food for the winter to cut and store.

At first it didn’t look much like a dam and some of Paddy’s visitors expectations were not met. They had heard stories of what a wonderful dam builder Paddy was, and they had expected to see something like the smooth, grass covered bank with which Farmer Brown kept the Big River from running back on his low lands. Instead, all they saw was a great pile of poles and sticks which looked nothing like a dam to them.

“Pooh!” exclaimed Billy Mink, “I guess we needn’t worry about the Laughing Brook and the Smiling Pool, why, the water of the Laughing Brook will work through that pile of sticks in no time.”

Of course Paddy heard him, said nothing, and just kept right on working.

“Just look at the way he has laid those sticks!” continued Billy Mink. “Why didn’t he lay them across the Laughing Brook instead of just the other way?”

Paddy said nothing; he just kept right on working.

”Why, that pile of sticks will never stop the water,” Billy repeated in disbelief.

“Wait a minute Billy Mink, I think you need to take another closer look” said Jerry Muskrat.

Billy squinted his eyes and stared and said “Nope I still don’t get it.”

“Did you notice that the Laughing Brook is over its banks above Paddy’s dam?” replied Jerry, who had been studying the dam with a great deal of interest.

Then Billy took a longer look and sure enough there was a little pool just above the dam, and it was growing bigger.

Paddy still kept at work, saying nothing. He was digging in front of the dam now, and the mud and grass he dug up he stuffed in between the ends of the sticks and patted down with his hands. He did this all along the front of the dam and on top of it too, wherever he thought it was needed. Of course this made it harder for the water to work through, and the little pond above the dam began to grow faster. It wasn’t too long before it was nearly to the top of the dam, which at first was very low. Then Paddy brought more sticks. This was easier now because he could float them down from where he was cutting. He would put them in place on the top of the dam, then hurry for more. Wherever it was needed, he would put in mud. He even rolled a few stones in to help hold the mass.

So the dam grew and grew and so did the pond above the dam. Of course, it took a good many days to build so big a dam, and a lot of hard work! Every morning the little folks of the Green Forest and the Green Meadows would visit it, and every morning they would find that it had grown a great deal in the night, for that is when Paddy likes best to work.

Now by this time, the Laughing Brook had stopped laughing, and down in the Smiling Pool there was hardly water enough for the minnows to feel safe for a minute. The little folks who live in the Laughing Brook and the Smiling Pool were beginning to worry.

To be sure Paddy had warned them of what he was going to do, and had promised that just as soon as his pond was big enough, the water would once more run in the Laughing Brook. They tried to believe him, and yet they couldn’t help having just a wee bit of concern since this was new for most of them. Jerry Muskrat was the only one who seemed absolutely sure that everything would be all right. Perhaps that was because Paddy is his cousin, and Jerry couldn’t help feel a bit of pride watching his big cousin build something so amazing.

So day by day the dam grew, and the pond grew, and then one morning Grandfather Frog, down in what had once been the Smiling Pool, heard a sound that made his heart jump for joy. It was a murmur that kept growing and growing, until at last it was the merry laugh of the
Laughing Brook. Then he knew that Paddy had kept his word and water would once more fill the Smiling Pool. Hooray!


Purchase your copy of this P.L.A.Y. story adventure HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

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This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 9 HERE

 See how the recent storm with rain, sleet, and snow has impacted the beaver canal.

 Video 10 HERE

 See a close-up inspection of the beaver dam and rising water levels.

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Collection of all local BEAVER videos #1-24 on PINTEREST

From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


Purchase other P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Fall #37 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

“Tight + Tiny + Trio”

Bonus Color Challenge Orange

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Nature BOOK LOOK – The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel

 


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The Mushroom Fan Club

by Elise Gravel


Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews and companion activity adventures.


 P.L.A.Y.ful story preview:

Simple Mushroom Mastery and Mycologists in the Making

*Must have an enthusiastic favorite adult to advise kiddos on this adventure.

P.L.A.Y.-filled companion activity adventures:

  • Challenge: Are there mushrooms you’ve seen in a nearby forest that are also in this book? What are they? Can you draw or photograph them?
  • Super Challenge: How do you think they came up with such a variety of fun mushroom names and who do you think got to name them?
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Before looking up your next mushroom find be sure to create your own crazy name first and record it in your nature discovery notebook – eyes and all!
  • Super-Duper-Stellar Challenge: Solve this mystery . . .  are mushrooms fungi or are fungi mushrooms?
  • Curiosity REMINDER: As beginners it is best to look with your eyes not your hands so as not to disturb the mushrooms. And ALWAYS check with a person who has experience foraging for mushrooms before even considering eating them. 

Fungi Finding is FUN!


More of my latest forest fungi finds:


Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

SKYscape Simplicity #53: A Meditative Moment


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Look skyward

< Breathe In >

< Breathe Out >

Take a moment to watch the clouds roll by . . .

and connect to the calm and beauty of nature that is always there for you.

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Wishing you much peace & prosperity throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


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peace: inner calm

prosperity: good fortune & well-being

Fall #59 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

” Peek-a-boo Perspective in the Pebbles “

Bonus Grey + Tan + White + Silver + Gold

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 4 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


Story +Local Videos



CHAPTER 4

Sammy Jay Speaks Up and Gets Curious


When Sammy Jay reached the place deep in the Green Forest where Paddy the Beaver was so hard at work, he didn’t hide as had the little four footed people. You see he had no reason to hide because he felt perfectly safe up in the trees. Paddy had just cut a big tree and it fell with a crash as Sammy came hurrying up. Sammy was so surprised that for a minute he couldn’t speak. He had not supposed that anybody except Farmer Brown or Farmer Brown’s boy could cut down so large a tree as that, and it quite took his breath away. “How in the world did you do that?” Sammy asked with great curiosity once he got his voice back.

Paddy the Beaver looked up with a twinkle in his eyes. “Oh, hello, Mr. Jay! I suspect you are not accustom to trees crashing down unless it is in a storm when rough Brother North Wind whips up!” he said.

“Absolutely right you are!” said Sammy, hopping up and down, as he was still startled.

“Ha, ha, ha!” laughed Peter Rabbit down below, who had quite forgotten that he was hiding.

“Oh, how do you do, Mr. Rabbit? I’m very glad you have called on me this morning,” said Paddy, just as if he hadn’t known all the time just where Peter was. “Mr. Jay seems to have been startled this morning by my work. And what about you Peter?”

Peter laughed again. ” Oh, I’m alright as long as I stay here tucked out of the way while you make those trees come crashing down. It was worth it just to see Sammy Jay jump!”

Sammy Jay looked down at Peter. Then he looked over at Paddy. All Sammy could do was shake his head and then inch closer to inspect what Paddy was doing. Paddy kept right on working, paying no attention to Sammy looking on from overhead. This made Sammy even more curious and so he kept coming nearer and nearer until at last he was in the very tree that Paddy happened to be cutting. Paddy’s eyes twinkled.

Just at that moment Paddy thumped the ground with his tail, which is his way of warning folks to watch out, and suddenly scurried away as fast as he could run. Sammy Jay was so surprised and he suddenly felt himself falling. With barely time for a screech he spread his wings to fly and branches of the tree swept him down right with them into the Laughing Brook.

You see while Sammy had been trying to figure out how the trees were being cut by Paddy’s big teeth, Paddy the Beaver had cut down the very tree in which Sammy was sitting.

Thankfully Sammy wasn’t hurt, he was just wet and muddy. And for the moment, Sammy was the most miserable looking Jay that you ever did see.

Paddy the Beaver immediately spoke to all the little folks from the Green Meadows and Smiling Pool who were still new to his work and he said “this is a building site folks and you need to stay clear of my work so that no one else lands in the mud!”

The little folks who were hiding all nodded in agreement and then a slight chuckle rippled through the Green Forest as they all looked at the soggy Sammy Jay. Even Sammy had to laugh on the inside just the tiniest bit as he began to clean his feathers and then flew off to make his way back to the Green Meadows.


Purchase your copy of this P.L.A.Y. story adventure HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

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This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 7 HERE

 Hear an update looking above and in the beaver canal.

Video 8 HERE

 Still harvesting beaver food – see the wood chips and teeth marks up close!


Collection of all local BEAVER videos #1-24 on PINTEREST

From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


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Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent + photographed by Michael Runtz

This short and sweet book gives a nice look into beaver life and prepares you to then request at your local library a copy of Michael Runtz’s 400 page coffee table book of amazing beaver photographs.


BARK: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast

by Michael Wojtech

This helpful guide will show you and your family how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colors of bark to then recognize various tree species throughout New England including the ones Paddy the Beaver used to build his dam and fill his food storage.

Excellent guide book especially for when the leaves are down and you are looking for answers in the middle of winter!

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Purchase other P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Fall #48 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for

” Vocal + Vibrant + (barely)Visible “

Bonus Green Grasshopper

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 3 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


Story + Local Videos



Chapter 3

Paddy Has Many Visitors


Paddy the Beaver knew perfectly well that he would have visitors just as soon as he began to build his dam. He expected a lot of them. You see, he knew that none of them had ever seen a Beaver at work who had come down from the North. So as he worked he kept his ears open and he smiled to himself as he heard a little rustle here and then a little rustle there. He knew just what those little rustles meant. Each rustle meant another visitor and yet not one had shown himself.

Paddy chuckled and said in a loud voice, just as if he were talking to nobody in particular, “Seems to me that you are dreadfully afraid to show yourselves”. Everything was still. There wasn’t so much as a peep after Paddy spoke. He chuckled again. He could just feel ever so many eyes watching him, though he didn’t see a single pair. And he knew that the reason his visitors were hiding so carefully was because they were afraid of him. You see, Paddy was much bigger than most of the little meadow and forest people, and they didn’t know what to expect from him.

Of course, Paddy knew all about this and so he kept right on cutting trees, trimming off the branches, and hauling the trunks down to the dam he was building as the visitors continued to watch with curiosity. Some of the tree trunks Paddy floated down the Laughing Brook which was much easier than carrying them.

Now when the little folks of the Smiling Pool, who were the first to find out that Paddy the Beaver had come to the Green Forest, had started up the Laughing Brook to see what he was doing, they had told the Merry Little Breezes where they were going. The Merry Little Breezes had been greatly excited. They couldn’t understand how a stranger could have been living in the Green Forest without their knowledge. You see, they quite forgot that they very seldom wandered to the deepest part of the Green Forest. Of course they started at once as fast as they could go to tell all the other little folks who live on or around the Green Meadows, all except Old Man Coyote. For some reason they thought it best not to tell him as they were a little doubtful about Old Man Coyote. He was so big and strong and so sly and smart that all his neighbors were afraid of him. Perhaps the Merry Little Breezes had this fact in mind and knew that none would dare go to call on the stranger if they knew that Old Man Coyote was going to visit too. Anyway, they simply passed the time of day with Old Man Coyote and hurried on to tell everyone else, and the very last one they met was Sammy Jay.

Sammy was surprised that anything should be going on that he didn’t know about first. He started after the Merry Little Breezes for the place deep in the Green Forest where they said Paddy the Beaver was at work as he wanted to see for himself.


Purchase your copy of this P.L.A.Y. story adventure HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

❤ ❤ ❤

This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 5 HERE

See the 3 new trees Paddy gnawed off and help count the grand total … so far!

Video 6 HERE

Review the trees being taken and how they get into the beaver canal for transport.


Collection of all local BEAVER videos #1-24 on PINTEREST

From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


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Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam

by Sandra Markle and Illustrations by Deborah Hocking

This is an enjoyable story told through the eyes and experience of a new beaver kit as they help their parents maintain one of the longest beaver dams. Super sweet illustrations accompany this adorable and true to life story of how beaver family’s spend their days.


Poppy & Rye

by AVI

Just for fun try this twist on a beaver tale in this fictional chapter story book with two beloved mouse characters, Poppy & Rye, from the Dimwood Forest Chronicles, who encounter a family of beavers led by Mr. Caster B. Canad, and all the challenges they encounter trying to share the brook and forest.

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Purchase other P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Fall #27 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A P.L.A.Y. September treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin

is to search in nature

” Over-lapping + Octopus-like + Over-hanging “

Bonus Tandem, Trios, and more on a Tree

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My curious Capkin and I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase HERE P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books