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 – 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!

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BOOK LOOK – Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman


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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

by Joyce Sidman

(click on book cover to purchase)


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):

Special Spiral Shape Seen thru the Seasons

Nature Noticing

Beautiful Block Print Style Scenes

 

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

  • Challenge: As you go through the seasons can you find some of Joyce’s spiral treasures out in nature?
  • Super Challenge: Draw spirals in the sand or snow – with a finger or stick – large and unfurling or tight and curling!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Select another shape and keep a nature journal to record your findings and discoveries over one season (or even an entire year!).

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

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BOOK LOOK – Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


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Sophie’s Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


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):

Farmer’s Market Friend

Sophie’s Right Size Squash

Friends For Life – Growing a Friendship Garden

U-Be-U

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

  • Challenge: If you were to make friends with a fruit/vegetable/flower/plant in the garden or at a farmer’s market what would it be? What would you name it?
  • Super Challenge: Set up a picnic or serve tea near to your new garden friend and talk about all the amazing adventures you will have once the fruit/vegetable/flower/plant is full grown.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Sometimes P.L.A.Y. requires patience like saving seeds from this year’s garden friend to plant more next year. If you’d like to try Sophie’s choice and have a butternut squash to plant in the spring to watch new “friends” grow try this: Wash the seeds to remove the sticky parts and lay them out in a single layer to let air dry for up to a week (do not dry in direct sunlight). Place in labeled envelopes for spring/summer gardening adventures.

*Special Shout going out to Emma S. who is a Super butternut Squash grower and lover of Squash the whole year through! Hugs & Smiles~KLW


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

  Be sure to visit and support your local library = All Good! ❤ ❤ ❤