A Writer's Playground

Monthly Activities for Kids by Linda Martin Andersen

  • Copyright Notice

    Copyright © 2016 Linda Martin Andersen.

    Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this
    material without express and written permission
    from Linda Martin Andersen is strictly prohibited.

    Excerpts and links may be used, provided that
    full and clear credit is given to Linda Martin Andersen
    with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Z is for Zebra, Zig-zag, and Z-Z-Z–the Snoring Sound

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 30, 2016

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074


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  “Z is for Zebra, Zig-zag, and Z-Z-Z–the Snoring Sound” 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/

Z is for Zebra

Zebra in the children's ward of the hospital. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Zebra in the children’s ward of the hospital. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Years ago, an adult family member was admitted to the hospital.  Typically, he likes to kid around. When he was assigned a hospital room, he ended up in the pediatric section. That was the only available room, he was told.  We all got a good laugh.   This zebra was painted on the ceiling in his room, along with other animals.  Have you ever seen a zebra in these colors?  Have you ever seen a zebra on ceiling tiles?  What zebra story can you share?

Z is for Zig-Zag

When was the last time you zig-zagged from one point to another.  If you haven’t done it in a while, or have forgotten how, ask a child to demonstrate.  Or when all else fails, watch a YouTube video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV9z7otXJZI 

For a kid, zig zagging seems natural; however, this YouTube demonstration seems straight out of a learner’s manual.  Thank goodness when I learned to zig-zag, I had fun getting into the  groove, and gliding to and fro.  How about you?

Z is for Z-Z-Z–the Snoring Sound

Listen to this silly snoring sound:  http://soundbible.com/1683-Silly-Snoring.html

Here’s an original Sleep Command Game. 

Needed items:  Someone to lead the game of 3 or more family members or friends.  Watch/clock with a second hand.  Paper and pencil, and a large empty room or grassy yard.

  1.  Invite your family to get down on the floor or in the grass to play a Sleep Command Game with you.
  2. Record the time on the clock before you begin.
  3. Give commands such as: Toss and turn.  Sigh–make it a deep sigh.  Turn from your back to your belly, and back over.  Stretch.  Snore.  Snore louder.  Snore even louder.   Sit up startled, etc.
  4. When someone laughs, check and record the time.  How much time passed before someone laughed?
  5.  Ask your family to play again and try to beat their recorded time for not laughing.  Compare the results.  Did they succeed?  Did the results turn out like you expected?  Tell about it.

Tell about a time you had the silly giggles.  Was it hard to stop giggling?  Why do you think that might be so?

A big thank you to the creators of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  I made it to ‘Z end.

I might not have been the first one to cross the finish line, but I completed the race.  I met my goal, reached it, and had so much fun along the way!  Thanks to all those who played along with me.  It was also great to meet so many more bloggers.

What “Z” 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!

22 Responses to “Z is for Zebra, Zig-zag, and Z-Z-Z–the Snoring Sound”

  1. Kathleen said

    Congratulations on finishing the A to Z challenge with zeal 🙂
    I enjoyed them all!

  2. Z is for zzzz (the sleeping sound) for me… Cause I really need a good sleep. Hahaha! 😀 I miss reading your post! Sorry, I was away from WP for more than a month. Will be back soon! I surely have a lot to catch up! 🙂

    • I hope you get the sleep you need. No need to try to go back and catch up on all you missed. Just high the high points. I’m glad you decided to visit me here though. I hope all is well with you! I look forward to reading your posts again soon.

  3. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    How fun for you to get to Zee end! I enjoyed your journey through the alphabet! Thanks for sharing about you!

    Love, Joan

    • Joan,
      It was fun to post and also fun to come to the end of the challenge. Does that make sense? Thanks for playing along with me on this alphabet journey. It was wonderful having you travel along. It was my pleasure to share more about myself here. I liked including tidbits about me and my life. I want to connect with my readers.

  4. I don’t normally do shameless plugs on other people’s blogs, but the Z that immediately comes to mind for me is Zachary Zigstack – and he’s special because he’s the villain in my children’s story! Sorry, Linda, I just couldn’t resist 😦

  5. Bee Halton said

    Oh, I love that Zebra :-). Congrats for finishing the A to Z Challenge and entertaining us beautifully!

  6. Hey Linda, I’m so proud of you for Zeroing in on the end of the alphabet. Feel your Zen with a glass of Zinfandel and see if Zarathustra has anything relevant to say.

    Zebras are one of my favorite animals, of course, because just about anything having to do with equines floats my boat. Dd you know that each type of zebra has a unique striping pattern? Zee you in the funny papers.

    • Sarah, your use of words astonishes me! Thanks for congratulating me on completing this journey. I did know about the different patterns on zebras. Isn’t nature amazing? I am too tired to think on too many witty responses but I do appreciate you and your willingness to stick this out with me. Thank you!

  7. Z is also for Zoo- (of course!). Particularly the Greenville Zoo which is in walking distance of our new apartment!

    • Carol, How wonderful to be so close to the zoo! You’ll need to purchase a season/year pass. What a great outing, especially when children visit! Wishing you happy days in your new home! Thanks for finishing this journey with me!

  8. Linda, I love that Zebra photo you took. The eyes did it for me. The zig-zag game sounds like a workout to me. LOL My grandkids would love the Z-Z-Z-snoring game. Sounds like it would turn in a belly-laughing fest. Love it! 🙂

    • Tracy, thanks for Z compliments! I am glad you enjoyed the artwork on the ceiling in the pediatric ward and the other two “Z” entries. Thanks for letting me know and for commenting.

Please Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: