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This Month’s Top Ten Recipients: Add More Humor Award

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 1, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “This Month’s Top Ten Recipients:  Add More Humor Award” by Linda Martin Andersen

Everybody knows that Mother’s Day is May 10, 2015 and Memorial Day is May 25, 2015.  Very special days.  Don’t forget them.

This month, I am spotlighting ten humorous May Days.  Think funny this month.  What’s funny to you?  What does funny sound like?  What does funny look like?  Do you ever snort when you laugh?  Do you ever feel like your side will split? 

This Month’s Top Ten Recipients: Add More Humor Award (selected by me for this site only)


  1. Mother Goose Day: 1  Can you name three funny Mother Goose rhymes?  What lines are funny to you and why?  Name a Mother Goose rhyme that shows another emotion.  Which one?
  2. Free Comic Book Day: 2 When was the last time you read a comic book?  Read one or more today.  Do you read the newspaper comics?  Which is your favorite?  Which was your favorite comic three or more years ago?  Has it changed?  If so, why do you think that’s so? 
  3. National Two Different Colored Shoes Day: 3  Jennifer Larson has a published book about lost soles.  See here:  http://www.authorjenniferlarson.com/   I like Jennifer’s search for lost soles.  You might too.  If you’ve never worn two different color shoes, try it today.  If you’ve done it before, you know it’s fun.  Do it again.
  4. World Laughter Day: 3 If you were in charge of world laughter, how would you make the world a happier, funnier place?  How can you begin on a smaller scale?  Name a way to include more laughter in your own day.
  5. Cartoonists Day: 5  Name a favorite cartoon or cartoonist.  What do you admire about this art or artist?  Where can you learn more about the cartoonist? Take time to research and share what you learned.
  6. Great American Grump Out: 6 What is a grump?  Define a “Grump Out.”  How would you organize one?  Consider a Family Grump Out today or challenge a friend to accept the challenge with you.  Set rules participants agree with.  Discuss how it went at the end of the day.
  7. Limerick Day: 12  Here are some examples of limericks:  http://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/limerick.htm  Happy reading.  Write one of your own.  Joy Acey shares limericks here:  http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/search?q=limerick
  8. National Chicken Dance Day: 14 Can you do the Chicken Dance?  See here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWjeITmDmmo  What other dances make you laugh?
  9. O. Henry Pun-off Day: 15 Who was O. Henry?  Read his biography and some short stories here:  http://americanliterature.com/author/o-henry/bio-books-stories   Enjoy kid puns here:  http://www.buzzle.com/articles/puns-for-kids.html
  10. What You Think Upon Grows Day: 31  Imagine for a moment a garden in which  all your thoughts sprouted and bloomed.  What flowers would you be happy to share with a neighbor or friend?  Which would need weeding?  Is it possible to have a garden of perfect thoughts?  Why or why not?

Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting.  For more May celebrations visit http://www.brownielocks.com/may.html  Come again soon and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older are invited to comment.  See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm


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Mother Goose Characters Are On the Loose

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 23, 2013

“Mother Goose Characters Are On the Loose” 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.

“Mother Goose Day” is November 24. 

Pretend with me…Mother Goose characters are on the loose.   They may need some help.  Listen carefully to each description.  Can you identify who’s on the loose? 

1.  This little girl has lost her sheep. 

2.  This little boy watches sheep.

3.  This little girl ran away after getting cinders on her clothes.  *Hint:  her name rhymes with cinders.

4.  This character frightened mice under chairs when he visited the Queen.

5.  This boy kissed girls and made them cry and then he ran away. 

6.  This boy ran around town in his nightgown.

7.  This boy met a pieman and wanted to taste his wares.

8.  These characters ran away from the farmer’s wife who was carrying a carving knife. 

9.  This character slept in his breeches with one stocking off and one stocking on.

10.  A spider frightened this little girl.

Check your answers below which are arranged in reverse order to discourage peeking:

10.Little Miss Muffet   9.John from Diddle Diddle Dumpling   8.Three Bling Mice   7.Simple Simon   6.Wee Willie Winkie    5.Georgy Porgy    4.Pussy-Cat    3.Little Polly Flinders    2.Little Boy Blue    1.Little Bo Peep

Add a description of another Mother Goose character on the loose to the comment section below and be registered to win a copy of The All-Time Greatest Sing-Along Songs:  26 Songs Your Kids Will Love!  The drawing will be held December 1, 2013.  Please provide your email address with your entry. 

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Have you entered the “The Mother Goose drawing?”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend. 

Please note:   Children 14 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

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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