Toad BOOK LOOK #7: More Activities + The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated)

 


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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):

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

by Karen L. Willard

Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!

See sample story pages + purchase HERE

More Tadpoles + Toads in motion at PINTEREST HERE.


Karen’s P.L.A.Y.ful preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity suggestions.


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

Toad Tales for the Young and Young at Heart

Singing at the Smiling Pool Playground

Old Mr. Toad’s Odd Tongue

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

  • Challenge: Read this lively story of Old Mr. Toad’s adventures with his friends and illustrate each chapter with your one-of-a-kind super special drawings.
  • Super Challenge: Using the black and white photos in this P.L.A.Y. book and color photos on this website see if you can discover Old Mr. Toad and his tadpoles and toadlets outdoors near to where you live in late spring and throughout the summer. Remember – toads lay egg strands and frogs lay egg clusters!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Visit Pinterest to see videos of the Toads in action HERE.

Share the smiles by emailing or snail mailing your original drawings of Old Mr. Toad’s adventures to Karen at P.L.A.Y. and perhaps you’ll see them posted up on P.L.A.Y. to pass the fun forward!


Capkins LOVE to be read nature stories AND to P.L.A.Y. outdoors.

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These TOAD-ally awesome books are a highly recommended way to extend your P.L.A.Y. adventures.


This picture book, The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler, compliments The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated) by providing color photographs and great factual details about the daily changes of the life cycle of a toad.


Mary Holland‘s book Naturally Curious Day-By-Day is a fabulous resource to have on hand if you live in New England or are simply curious about the flora & fauna in the Northeast USA.

Pages 36, 55-57, 73, 118, 159, and 196 specifically share great information about TOADS.


If you’d like to compare toads and frogs then this is a fun (with some facts) frog fairy tale chapter book titled The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli. This story is an excellent read aloud with a few characters to add in funny voices if you like. Enjoyable for the whole family!


TOAD Pinterest Board HERE 

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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 – 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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Seasonal Gifts That Keep on Giving!


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New P.L.A.Y. title available  <HERE>!

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard

This new nature activity story book will provide hours of read aloud or independent reading enjoyment for kids and adults alike as you discover all about the habits of beavers in a New England setting wrapped in a fun-filled adventure spanning one year and all four seasons.

Rediscover this 100+ year old story and characters by Thornton Burgess in this new updated edition with language for the 21st century family modeling loving kindness and opportunities for the woodland characters to practice mindfulness as they go about their days.

From building his home and storing foods to engaging with new friends in the Green Forest and leaving a tail trail in the winter snow Paddy the Beaver has plenty of adventures just waiting to be shared with you.

 * BONUS *

  • Each chapter has illustration boxes to be completed by the reader.
  • Curious Questions and P.L.A.Y. Photos provide opportunities for family discussions and further playful investigations.
  • Tree themed coloring and nature journaling pages to share your creative view of the natural world.
  • Recommended Resources suggesting both picture and chapter books for your P.L.A.Y. adventures.

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Time to get ready to P.L.A.Y. throughout the WINTER season!

<Purchase Here>

This is a P.L.A.Y.-filled nature guide, with open-ended activities and a fun alliteration twist, encouraging kids and families to explore and connect to the great outdoors daily throughout the winter season.

Each of the 90+ pages provides a new adventure prompt for play-and-seek in nature and a place to capture the memories of these magical moments by drawing, writing, and creatively expressing yourself in this book.

The matching daily blog pages found on this website provide support and inspiration for your seasonal outings including stories about the very curious Capkins who add charm and creativity to every opportunity taken to walk in wonder.

This book is designed specifically for the months of December, January, and February with access to ice and snow recommended.

Visiting a field or forest, a meadow or mountain, a brook or your own backyard with this book you are provided the opportunity to get curious, embrace the simple gift of spending time outdoors, and to foster a daily habit of P.L.A.Y. and connection with your own true nature.

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BOOK LOOK – In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony


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In A Nutshell

by Joseph Anthony


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):

Noticing in Nature in a Nutshell

Acorn: Adventure of a Lifetime

Collecting Connections

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

  • Challenge: Select one thing in nature and learn about the life cycle adventure it goes through. Example: Plant, Rock, Brook, etc.
  • Super Challenge: What are the changes or transformations this natural item goes through? Over how long – days, months, years? What does it look like? Perhaps draw the cycle in your Nature Adventures journal.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: What connections do you see to other things in nature during the transformation process of the item you are studying? Any surprises? Example: In the story the cherry tree is linked back to the oak tree and acorn.

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 – The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams


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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

by Linda Williams


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):

Fall Season Fa-la-la Follow Along – No Fear just Fun!

Dares you to Dance in the Dim Moonlight

Surprise Story Ending – Shhhh!

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

  • Challenge: What do you fear? What are you afraid of? Pick one thing to focus on.
  • Super Challenge: What if you made a song or fun phrase to chant to give you strength whenever you faced this fear?
  • Super-Duper Challenge: What if you practiced using this phrase or song for a whole week, month, or year, would your fear change? Try it!

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

  Be sure to visit and support your local library!<3 ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK – Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler


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Miss Maple’s Seeds

by Eliza Wheeler


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):

Miss Maple is Magical!

Thru the Seasons a Strong Seed Sower and Storer

Nature Nurtures ~”Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small.”

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

  • Challenge: Do you recognize any of the seeds in Miss Maple’s basket?
  • Super Challenge: Can you gather seeds outdoors and make a mini-mosaic? Place them on a flat stone, on a cleared dirt patch, or along the length of a log and be sure to take a P.L.A.Y.ful photo!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Gather seeds to plant or spread them using seed bombs. Be sure to read ahead to know what works best in your area and you have permission to drop them on the property you’ve picked (field, forest, mountain, meadow, garden, etc.).

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

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


 

BOOK LOOK – A Leaf Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas


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A Leaf Can Be . . . 

by Laura Purdie Salas


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):

Life of a Leaf – Amazing! It can be most Anything!

Dynamic Discoveries

Potential & Possibilities

Four Season Finds

 

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

  • Challenge: Treasurer hunt style -can you see Laura’s suggestions of what a leaf can be – tree topper, rain stopper, food maker, etc.? An opportunity to take a moment to notice in nature and create a check list in your journal.
  • Super Challenge: Walk about, wonder and wander, and see if you can add to Laura’s list of what a leaf can be. Example:  a “leaf munchie” = goaties in our barnyard were eating them like potato chips!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Fall Fun = make a leaf pile when the trees have released them to the ground. Estimate how many leaves it takes to make the pile by filling a small bucket or container and counting the leaves. How many buckets worth do you think you have? How many leaves does it take to make your “pile grower”?

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

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


 

BOOK LOOK – Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes


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Over in the Forest

by Marianne Berkes


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):

Sing-Song type Story

Numbers in Nature

Finding Forest Friends & Footprints too!

 

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

  • Challenge: Count some things on your next nature adventure, record them in a nature journal, and see if you can get to 10 (or more!)
  • Super Challenge: Cut paper construction pieces of all colors to make your own forest collage. First Look Up! into the canopy of the forest on a bright sunny day and really take in all the shadows and shades of various leaf and sky colors. Layer small paper pieces of all the colors you see to create your own one-of-a-kind mosaic memory of your day spent in the forest.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: In the snowy winter bring this book outside and see if you can draw the footprints of each animal and make a set of tracks to fool your family and friends into thinking you’ve had visitors from the forest!

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

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