Fall #75 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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


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A November treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature . . .

” Frosted Fungi in the Forest “

Bonus Ledge-Like Look

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My curious Capkin & 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!

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 23 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


Story + Videos


Just joining the adventure? Try Chapter 1 HERE


CHAPTER 23

Paddy Finishes His Harvest


Sammy was on hand bright and early every morning. He made sure that Old Man Coyote was nowhere in the Green Forest, and then he settled himself comfortably in the top of a tall pine tree where he could see all that was going on while Paddy the Beaver worked.

“The way to make people want to be trusted is to trust them,” Paddy said to himself. “If I show Sammy Jay that I don’t really trust him, he will think it is of no use to try and will give it up. And if I do trust him, and he knows that I do, he’ll be the best watchman in the Green Forest.”

And this shows that Paddy the Beaver has a great deal of wisdom, for it was just as he thought and Sammy continued to come and be on guard. And Paddy worked away just as if he hadn’t a fear in the world.

Finally Paddy had finished his canal, and a beautiful canal it was, leading straight from his pond up to the aspen trees. As soon as he had finished it, he began to cut the trees. As soon as one was down he would cut it into short lengths and roll them into the canal. Then he would float them out to his pond and over to his storehouse. He took the larger branches, on which there was sweet, tender bark, in the same way, for Paddy likes to make use of all of the tree.

After a while he went over to his storehouse, which, you know, was simply a great pile of aspen logs and branches in his pond close by his house. He studied it very carefully. Then he swam back and climbed up on the bank of his canal.

“Mr. Jay,” he said, “I think our work is about finished.”

“What!” cried Sammy, “Aren’t you going to cut the rest of those aspen trees?”

“Oh no,” replied Paddy. “Enough is always enough, and I’ve got enough to last me all winter. I want those trees for next year. Now I am fixed for the winter. I think I’ll take it easy for a while.”

Sammy looked disappointed. You see he had just begun to learn that the greatest pleasure in the world comes from doing things for other people. Someone wanted him around and to be his friend and it gave him such a good feeling deep down inside.


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

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Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 42 <HERE> 

 Beaver channel free and clear of ice chunks as they are now stacked up on the sides after a rain storm. 

Video 43 <HERE>

Did Paddy the Beaver hang up his carpenter hat for the moment and try his hand at masonry with all those ice slabs stacked around his lodge?


Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-44 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.

Winter’s Coming, P.L.A.Y. Time!

This 3″ snow storm arrived as a bit of a trick and a treat at the end of October.

It was a fun reminder that winter is just around the corner and it is time to gather up simple P.L.A.Y. activities and order your next copy of Nature Alliteration Adventures to carry you through the super season of snow!

Nature Alliteration Adventures: Winter Activity Guide Book

Also be sure to check out my Snowflakes & Cool Crystals project for more inspiration for family nature adventures!

Surprise -Jack Frost climbing up my window on Halloween morning!

Thank You!

A Community of Curious Capkins ready to P.L.A.Y.!

Hello P.L.A.Y. Community!

Just taking a moment to send out a big THANK YOU! to all for continuing on this journey of Passionate Learning All Year and having the courage to make connecting to nature with your family a priority even when the going gets tough.

The year 2020 will be written into the archives as a challenging time for most everyone for so many reasons.

And what I also know to be true is that the folks that were able to set an intention to connect to nature routinely discovered a sense of momentary calm, moving from their “head space” into their “heart space”, even in the midst of what felt like a succession of storms.

I found this to be true too. Taking a moment to look at the clouds passing by, gathering a “stripey” stone down by the river, tossing crisp leaves to the wind, visiting tiny tadpoles to talk to them daily and see how they’ve grown, countless curious Capkin snapshots in every season, and simply being present in the great outdoors daily has made all the difference in how I’ve experienced 2020. It has been a very important part of my resilience in such challenging times.

And as we head into the winter months, with a new year right around the corner and a pandemic still looming large, please know that by taking the time to connect to nature you and your family are making great contributions to your well being and that of this planet.

Every moment that we can stand in wonder of the nature spaces we visit provides the opportunity for calm, connection, and a great sense of P.L.A.Y. if we are truly present for this simple gift. Our children, already by their very nature, know how to do this thing called P.L.A.Y. and here’s hoping you will continue to join them on this journey. This is a gift that truly benefits us one and all.

Be well, be safe, and simply BEE (and please be in touch HERE)!

Sending hugs and a smile to help light the way,

Karen ;0)

Simply Bee!

SKYscape Simplicity #62: A Meditative Moment

Take a moment to watch the clouds roll by as you connect to the calm and beauty of nature that is always there for you.


Wishing you and yours much peace throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


If you find the work and vision of P.L.A.Y. supports you and your family on the life learning path, please pass it forward to friends and neighbors as a Simple Gift that keeps on giving.

Fall #74 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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


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A November treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Twisted Tangled Tendrils “

Bonus Fine Vine Art in the Magical Meadow

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My curious Capkin & 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!

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 22 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


Story + Videos


Just joining the adventure? Try Chapter 1 HERE


CHAPTER 22

Paddy and Sammy Jay Work Together


Jerry Muskrat had been home at the Smiling Pool for several days. Alas, he couldn’t stay there long. Oh, my, no! He just had to get back to see what his big cousin, Paddy the Beaver, was doing. So as soon as he was sure that everything was all right at the Smiling Pool he hurried back up the Laughing Brook to Paddy’s pond, deep in the Green Forest. As soon as he was in sight of it, he looked eagerly for Paddy. At first he didn’t see him. Then he stopped and gazed over at the place where Paddy had been cutting aspen trees for food. Something was going on there, something odd. He couldn’t make it out.

Just then Sammy Jay came flying over.

“What’s Paddy doing?” Jerry asked.

Sammy Jay dropped down to the top of an alder tree and fluffed out all his feathers in a very important way. “Oh,” he said, “Paddy and I are building something!”

“You! Paddy and you! Ho, ho, ho! Paddy and you building something? How could that be?” Jerry chuckled.

“Yes, me!” Sammy said. “Paddy and I are building something.”

Jerry had begun to swim across the pond by this time, and Sammy was flying across and said “Go ahead and ask Paddy if I’m helping!”

Jerry ducked under water momentarily and when he came up again, Sammy was over in the little grove of aspen trees where Paddy was at work. Then Jerry discovered something. Why, what was it? A little water path led right up to the aspen trees, and there, at the end of the little water path, was Paddy the Beaver hard at work. He was digging and piling the earth on one side very neatly. In fact, he was making the water path longer. Jerry swam right up the little water path to where Paddy was working. “Good morning, Cousin Paddy,” he said. “What are you doing?”

“Oh,” replied Paddy, “Sammy Jay and I are building a canal.”

Sammy Jay looked down at Jerry, and Jerry looked at Paddy as if he thought that he was joking.

“Sammy Jay? What’s Sammy Jay got to do about it?” replied Jerry.

“A whole lot,” replied Paddy. “You see, he keeps watch while I work. If he didn’t, I couldn’t work, and there wouldn’t be any canal. Old Man Coyote has been trying to catch me, and I wouldn’t dare work on shore if it wasn’t that I am sure that the sharpest eyes in the Green Forest are watching for danger.”

Sammy Jay looked very much pleased indeed and very proud. “So you see it takes both of us to make this canal; I dig while Sammy watches. So we are building it together,” concluded Paddy with a twinkle in his eyes.

“I see,” said Jerry slowly. Then he turned to Sammy Jay. “I beg your pardon, Sammy,” he said. “I do, indeed.”

“That’s all right,” replied Sammy. “What do you think of our canal?”

“I think it is wonderful,” replied Jerry.

And indeed it was a very fine canal, straight, wide, and deep enough for Paddy to swim in and float his logs out to the pond. Yes, indeed, it was a very fine canal.


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

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Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 40 (longer) HERE + 40A (shorter) HERE

 Winter Wondering – Where’s Paddy the Beaver?

Ice chunks breaking up at the beaver channel impacting food storage +lodge.

Video 41 HERE

Conditions keep changing and we keep wondering. . . where’s Paddy?

Close-up of the ice chunks breaking up at the beaver lodge entrance.


Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-44 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 #30 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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A November treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for a . . .

” Happy Hidden Heart “

Bonus Squint to See a Surprise on a Stone!

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My curious Capkin & 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!

Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 21 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


Story + Videos


Just joining the adventure? Try Chapter 1 HERE


CHAPTER 21

Sammy Jay Offers to Help Paddy


Paddy sat looking thoughtfully at the aspen trees he would have to cut to complete his store of food for the winter. All those near the edge of his pond had been cut. The others were scattered about some little distance away. “I don’t know,” said Paddy out loud. “I just don’t know.”

“What? What don’t you know?” asked Sammy Jay, who, now that he and Paddy had become friends, was very much interested in what Paddy was doing.

“Why,” replied Paddy, “I don’t know just how I am going to get those trees. Now that Old Man Coyote is watching for me, it isn’t safe for me to go very far from my pond. I suppose I could dig a canal up to some of the nearest trees and then float them down to the pond, however it is hard to work and keep sharp watch for danger at the same time. I guess I’ll have to be content with some of these alders growing close to the water, and yet the bark of aspens is so much better that I wish I could get them.”

“What’s a canal?” asked Sammy curiously.

“A canal? Why, a canal is a kind of ditch in which water can run,” replied Paddy.

Sammy nodded. “I’ve seen Farmer Brown dig one over on the Green Meadows, and it looked like a great deal of work. I didn’t suppose
that any one else could do it. Do you really mean that you can dig a canal, Paddy?”

“Of course I mean it,” replied Paddy, in a surprised tone of voice. “I have helped dig lots of canals. You ought to see some of them back where I came from.”

“I’d like to,” replied Sammy. “I think it is perfectly wonderful. I don’t see how you do it.”

“It’s easy enough when you know how,” replied Paddy. “If I dared to, I’d show you.”

Sammy had a sudden idea. It almost made him gasp. “I tell you what, you work and I’ll keep watch!” he cried. “You know my eyes are very sharp.”

“Will you?” cried Paddy eagerly. “That would be perfectly splendid. You have the sharpest eyes of any one I know, and I would feel perfectly safe with you on watch. Although, I don’t want to put you to all that trouble, Mr. Jay.”

“Of course I will,” replied Sammy, “and it won’t be any trouble at all. I’ll just love to do it.” You see, it made Sammy feel very proud to have Paddy say that he had such sharp eyes. “When will you begin?”

“Right away,” said Paddy, “ if you will just take a look around and see that it is perfectly safe for me to come out on land.”

Sammy didn’t wait to hear more. He spread his beautiful blue wings
and started off over the Green Forest straight for the Green Meadows.

Paddy watched him go with a puzzled and disappointed air. “That’s funny,” he mused. “I thought he really meant it, and now off he goes without even saying good-bye.”

In a little while back came Sammy, all out of breath. “It’s all right,” he panted. “You can go to work just as soon as you please.”

Paddy looked more puzzled than ever. “How do you know?” he asked. “I haven’t seen you looking around.”

“I did better than that,” replied Sammy. “If Old Man Coyote had been hiding somewhere in the Green Forest, it might have taken me some time to find him. He isn’t though. You see, I flew straight over to his home in the Green Meadows to see if he is there, and he is. He’s taking a sun bath and looking as cross as two sticks. I don’t think he’ll be back here this morning, and I’ll keep a sharp watch just in case while you work.”

Paddy made Sammy a low bow. “You certainly are a good helper and a clever friend, Mr. Jay,” he said. “I wouldn’t have thought of going over to Old Man Coyote’s home to see if he was there. I’ll feel perfectly safe with you on guard. Now I’ll get to work.”


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


Since the latest storm and raging river episode I think perhaps Paddy has taken a break from his work as I discovered this lounge chair in the river just 5 feet away from his lodge.


Video 39 <HERE>

Is Paddy the Beaver still assessing the damage from the storms or has he moved on to calmer waters?

Is the mud on the sides of his lodge a sign of his activity or is it the receding water marks?


Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-44 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 #73 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


Purchase P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Book


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A November treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Horizontal Haphazard Holes “

Bonus Several Sizes

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My curious Capkin & 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!