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Archive for September, 2013

What If Firefighters Teamed Up With Santa for National Chimney Safety Week?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 28, 2013


“What If Firefighters Teamed Up With Santa for National Chimney Safety Week?” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

September 30-October 6, 2013 is National Chimney Safety Week.

Fire Prevention Week is the following week.  

A local firefighter recommended these fire safety websites:

National Firefighters Protection Association provides tools, tips, and resources at http://www.nfpa.org/ 

“Prevent Kitchen Fires” is this year’s fire safety theme.  Visit Sparky, The Fire Dog, and Aunt Dottie for a fire safety video and song for kids:  http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/nfpa-offers-tools-tips-and-resources-for-octobers-fire-prevention-week

Heating Safety tips are available at http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/heating_safety.pdf

Chimney Safety Institute of America offers tips for homeowners here:   http://www.csia.org/

Just for fun, I asked myself…

Q:  Who would a firefighter team up with to promote chimney safety?

A: Sparky, the fire dog   http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/sparky-the-fire-dog.  

Q. Who else?

A. Santa.  To learn more about the history of Santa Claus and entering by chimneys, check here”

http://www.americanchimneyservices.com/component/content/article/37-beaumont/117-the-history-of-santa-claus-and-chimneys.html

Here are a few riddles about firefighters teaming up with Santa for National Chimney Safety Week

How many of these can you solve?  I hope you’ll try writing some of your own and sharing them here. 

 

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Question #1:  What did the firefighter add to Santa’s sack?

Question #2:  What do Santa and a firefighter have in common?

Question #3:  What do you get when you pair a firefighter with Santa?

Question #4:  What do firefighters and Santa remind you to keep on hand?

Question #5:  What birthday greeting tip did Santa give the firefighter?

Answers:  1. Smoke alarms.  2. They both check for smoke.  3.  A smoking team.  4. Batteries.  5. Don’t let your life go up in smoke.  

Write a fire safety riddle of your own.  Share it in the comment section.  

Please note:   Children 13 and under are not allowed to leave comments. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Dear Diary, How Can I Prove It?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 22, 2013


“Dear Diary, How Can I Prove It…” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

September 22, 2013 is “Dear Diary Day.” 

Do you keep a diary?  Have you ever?  Does your diary have a key so that you can lock away your thoughts?  Perhaps you keep a journal instead.   I’m not all together sure how they’re different.  What would you say?

Dear Diary (Age 11)

When I was eleven, I went with my grandparents on a vacation road trip.  We traveled from North Carolina to Canada, where my grandfather attended an insurance conference, and then we traveled on to California to visit my aunt, uncle, and new baby cousin.  We stopped at national parks along the way there and back.  I was very fortunate to see lots of great sites.  I recorded some notes along the way, thanks to my grandmother’s encouragement.  She bought a diary for the two of us.  I found it interesting how different our entries were.  She started out with a description of the weather.  Not me.  I didn’t care if it was 96 and clear.  It was summer.  It was supposed to be hot and sunny. 

Books About Diaries

I enjoy reading books that contain diary entries.  How about you?  When I was a child, The Diary of Anne Frank was one of my favorites.  Today, I still enjoy diary entries, even ones about a worm (The Diary of a Worm).   It’s fun to see the world from different points of view, like in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Maybe I’ll check out The Vampire Diaries next.  What about you?

Dear Diary (Age–Many Candles),

How can I prove it?… 

I left a comment on a friend’s blog today.  Before I could sign off, I had to type in a code–a group of letters and numbers to prove that I am not a robot.  I knew it had been a while since I visited this blog, but what made the site suspicious that I might be a robot?  Another friend’s blog still requires me to prove that I’m not a robot, even though I visit nearly every day.  Can’t the site recognize me by now?  I’m not wearing a disguise.  How would you like it if a friend asked you to prove who you were each time you met?  And how would typing a few letters and numbers prove your identity?  Can’t robots type?  Hmmm…

Have you ever had someone stand you down, look you in the eye, and command, “Prove it!”  Did they ask you to type letters and numbers to prove yourself?  To prove your identity?  Probably not.

Signing off,

999xyzLMNOP (Today’s proof of who I am)

Try a One Liner

Don’t want to write a diary entry?  Try a one liner.  What is a one liner?  Check here:  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/one-liner  Write a one liner you might read in someone’s personal diary or a book written as a diary.  For example:  The Diary of Anne Frank–“I feel like screaming!”  or “The walls are closing in on me.”  One liner for The Diary of a Worm–“I’ve got some dirt to share with you.” (pun). 

 What word creates a pun in the example above?  “Dirt.”  What makes it a pun?  Check the definition of a pun here:  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pun  Do you like to write puns?  I do.   It’s a type of word play and I like playing with words.  Some people enjoy pun humor.  Others roll their eyes when they hear them.  Which is true for you?

Write a diary entry today, a letter, a poem, a comment below.   If you like to write…Prove it!

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Writing Prompt: I felt (v.) like wearing my hat made of felt (n.) on Felt (adj.) Hat Day…

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 15, 2013


“Writing Prompt:  I felt (v.) like wearing my hat made of felt (n.) on Felt (adj.) Hat Day …” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

September 15, 2013 is Felt Hat Day.  September is Fall Hat Month.

Hats off to this month and to all who wear hats!  Robin Hood comes to mind.  Others too.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

To celebrate Felt Hat Day and Fall Hat Month, fantasize about wearing a felt hat alongside a famous person or book character who wears one.  Then, complete the suggested writing prompt about your fictional experience.  If you have a favorite character who wears a straw hat, a ball cap, or some other type hat, substitute that instead.

Step one:  Brainstorm the names of famous people or book characters who wear felt hats:  Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Riddler and Penguin (Batman villains), Captain Jack Sparrow (johnny Depp), Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), etc.

Step two:  Choose the name of a character who wears a felt hat and pretend to spend time with him/her while wearing your own felt hat.  Complete the writing prompt below.  Include as many words beginning with “f” as you can. (alliteration)

Step three:  Please share your completed statement in the comment section below.

Writing Prompt:  I felt like wearing my hat made of felt on Felt Hat Day…

Sample:  I felt (v.) like wearing my hat made of felt (n.) on Felt (adj.) Hat Day… while fantasizing about fighting alongside Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.

**BONUS:  Create a writing prompt of your own about hats. **

How did I come up with this writing prompt? 

I thought:  What can I do for Felt Hat Day.  My answer:  I’m going to wear a felt hat for Felt Hat Day.  If someone asks me WHY, I can say, “I felt like wearing a felt hat on Felt Hat Day.  Using “felt” as a verb, noun, and an adjective all in the same sentence, gave me pleasure.  Wordplay is fun.  It also tickled me to respond to WHY with “I felt like it” as a come back.  That’s like answering WHY with BECAUSE.

More About Felt.  More About Hats…

How is Felt Made?  To learn more, check here: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felt

To learn more about felt hats, check the video links below:

How Are Felt Hats Made?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXW2RKOxyco

http://www.akubra.com.au/creation.html

What is a Fur Felt Hat?

http://www.akubra.com.au/create_making.html

An Amazing Hat Trick–It Pops Back in Shape

Crushable felt hats can be flattened, rolled, and packed in a suit case and still pop back in shape.  Watch this video.  http://www.villagehatshop.com/mens_crushable.html

Making Your Own Felt Hat–Peter Pan Hat (works as Robin Hood Hat too)

http://sewinharmony.com/peter-pan-hat-tutorial/

Famous Characters Who Wear Felt Hats (Bowler Style)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowler_hat

Can You Wear a Hat Well?  These People Do:

http://www.catalogs.com/info/bestof/famous-hats

Why is There an X on a Hat?

http://www.westernhats.com/what-does-the-x-mean-on-a-felt-or-straw-cowboy-hat.html

I tip my hat to you, readers.  For A List of Idioms About Hats, check here:

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hat

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Enjoy wordplay about hats today.  I look forward to reading your writing sample or comment.  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Are You an Idea Swapper?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 10, 2013


“Are You an Idea Swapper?” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

September 10, 2013 is Swap Ideas Day

Are You a swapper?  What kind?

Q & A–About Swappers

Q.  When war buddies get together, what do they swap?

A.  War stories.

Q.  What do football players swap?

A.  Replays from great games.

Q.  What do you call people who swap coupons?

A.  Coupon swappers.

Q.  What do you call people who swap recipes?

A.  Great cooks.

Q.  What do you call people who swap ideas?

A.  Idea swappers.  Sometimes they’re called a Think Tank.

Q.  What is a think tank?

A. According to MacMillan Dictionary, “a think tank” is “a group of people who work together to produce new ideas on a particular subject.”

Q.  What is another name for producing new ideas?

A.  Brainstorming.  See Tips for Brainstorming–pbskids http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/workshop/process_brainstorm.html

Q.  Can one person be a “Think Tank?”

A.  It takes a group to make a “Think Tank,” but one person can definitely be a thinker.

Your turn.  Please place your answer in the comment section.

1.  Can one person be an Idea Swapper?  Why or why not?

2.  When were you part of an Idea Swapper Group/Think Tank?  What was your project?

3,  What other things can be swapped?  State as a Q & A. 

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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