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K is for Kites, Kool-Aid, and a Kettle for Hot Tea

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 13, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “K” is for Kites, Kool-Aid, and a Kettle for Hot Tea”  by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

K is for Kites

  • I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Each cover of their professional magazine, The Bulletin, is illustrated with a kite.  I don’t have permission to include a photo, so here’s an embroidered kite that hangs on my wall.
Embroidered Kite. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Embroidered Kite. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen


My friend and poet, Joy Acey, has several poems about kites on her blog.  See here:


  • When my children were little, they loved Curious George.  One of their favorite stories was Curious George Flies a Kite by Margret Rey and H.A. Ray.  I have an old copy of this book with a copyright of 1958.  For a partial reading of the book, listen here:


  • When was the last time you flew a kite?  Who were you with?  Did your kite soar, dip, or crash?  At the walking park near us, people can be seen flying kites.  Maybe I’ll get a photo to share for another time.


K is for Kool-Aid

Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Have you ever mixed a pitcher of Kool-Aid to serve?  Write or tell about that time.

Can you finish this tune? 

Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid tastes great…

K is for Kettle for Hot Tea

Do you or your family own a kettle for hot tea?  I used to but I don’t any more.  Do you drink hot tea?  Do you know the song “Polly Put the Kettle on?”  Listen here:


What “K” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

8 Responses to “K is for Kites, Kool-Aid, and a Kettle for Hot Tea”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    I love kites! When I visited the Pacific coast in Oregon, people there flew kites together and moved them in time to music played through speakers. Now that was awesome!

    Thanks for doing the alphabet posts. It’s fun to see what you come up with.

    • Joan,
      Your kite flying observation would be great to include in a book or movie script. It does sound awesome. I’m glad you got to witness it in person.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying what I put together for posts from A-Z. It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if others didn’t play along. Thanks for doing just that.

  2. Kids… particularly grandkids this week! And Kindness.

  3. Kindergarten, kittens, kindness, kelpie–an Irish water sprite–and kindred spirit. Do you ken these words? This is such fun. Thanks, Linda.

    • Sarah,
      Yes I do ken these words and I like them too. I am trying to choose words I can photograph or link to with a blog or video. You do make the list much richer though. Thanks so much! Keep playing!

  4. Hi Linda, I simply love your kite sampler! And Kool-aid was my favorite childhood drink. Thank you for flooding my brain with a childhood memory. You made me smile. 🙂

    • Thanks for the compliment about the sampler, Tracy. I didn’t do the embroidery. I’m tickled to hear that you enjoyed Kook-aid as a child. I did too. I’m so glad to hear that your brain is being flooded with childhood memories. It was my pleasure.

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