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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:

http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/search?q=kites

  • 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhxhxQ3CJxw

  • 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdutyFg1Mj8

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!

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J is for Jack and Jill, Jack Rocks, and Jack-in-the Box

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 12, 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  “J is for Jack and Jill, Jack Rocks, and Jack-in-the-Box” 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/

J is for Jack and Jill (and other nursery rhymes)

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got
And home did trot
As fast as he could caper,
Went to bed
To mend his head
With vinegar and brown paper. Author: Unknown

Is there still room in a child’s life for simple games, play, and toys?  I believe so.  Check out this website if you need a refresher on rhymes, fingerplays and songs:

http://www.nenpl.org/childrens/bibliographies/titles/rhymes.php

J is for Jack Rocks

Do you remember how to play?  Here’s a video to review the rules:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwmCInS2pIM

J is for Jack-in-the-box

Fun things are worth repeating even when we know the outcome.  A Jack-in-the-box works the same way every time and yet we keep cranking that handle.  Kids love it, except for those who are perhaps too young and scared by a clown or other object jumping out at them.  If you have a young child who doesn’t enjoy this toy, look for other old-fashioned toys to add to the nursery.  Do you know the tune that the toy plays?  Maybe newer versions have a different tune.  I’m not sure.  Are you?

Here’s a riddle just for you:

Riddle:  What do Jack and Jill, Jack rocks, Jack-in-the-box, and a noisy blue bird all have in common?

Answer: “J” as in Blue Jay.

Just for fun: 

My in-laws chose names beginning with “J” for all five of their children.  They include Jo Alice, John, Jill, Jeff, and James (Jimbo).

What “J” 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!

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