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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.

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March Is…

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 2, 2014

“March Is…” by Linda Martin Andersen

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Think:  March is…a noun and a verb.  Complete these statements:  March of __________.  March on __________.  What book titles can you name for these two open-ended statements?  What about spring book titles?  Favorite poems about spring?

Look below at what March brings.  Research, read, or do something this reminds you of.  For example, March is National Craft Month.  It’s a windy month and so I decide to make a kite.  Since it’s also National Kite Month, I’ll fly it when it’s finished.  Now, look at the list of special days and weeks in March.  Do something special to remember one or more of these.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts here.

March brings…

American Red Cross Month or Red Cross Month

National Craft Month

National Kite Month (3/29-5/3)

National March Into Literacy Month

National Nutrition Month

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Sing With Your Child Month

Youth Art Month

Special Weeks in March…

National Cheerleading Week: 1-7

National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week: 1-7

National Pet Sitters Week: 2-8

National Severe Storm Preparedness Week: 2-8

National Words Matter Week: 2-8

National Rattlesnake Roundup: 7-9 (2nd Weekend)

Act Happy Week: 17-23 (Starts on 3rd Monday)

Wildlife Week: 17-23

World Folktales & Fables Week: 17-23

National Cherry Blossom Festival: 20-4/13

Tsunami Awareness Week: 23-29

Special Days in March…

World Compliment Day: 1

Dr. Seuss Day: 2

Princess Day: 3

Cereal Day: 7

World Day of Prayer: 7  (Always First Friday)

 National Day of Unplugging: 7-8 (First Friday)

Daylight Savings Time Begins: 9 (One hour ahead

*St. Patrick’s Day: 17

Poetry Day: 21

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day: 26

*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for March celebration information.  For more, check out: http://www.brownielocks.com/march.html

Let’s talk:  Choose one or more of the conversation starters above and leave a comment.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

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