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.

Posts Tagged ‘picture book giveaway’

Winner of “One Big Pair of Underwear” by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 13, 2014

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 Winner of One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld

Laura Gehl is smiling.  See below.  I bet the winner will soon be smiling too.  And the winner is… Kathleen Burkinshaw.  Congratulations, Kathy.  I will be contacting you very soon.  Laura offered to send an autographed bookplate to the winner.  How about that?  Nice extra!

Thanks to all who visited “A Writer’s Playground” and to those who participated in the book giveaway.  If you didn’t win, it’s not too late to order a copy for Christmas.

Please leave a comment to congratulate Kathy.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

Vist Laura Gehl here:

www.lauragehl.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraGehl







Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

What Exactly is a Whirligig? And Register to Win a Free Picture Book at a Friend’s Blog

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 6, 2013

“What Exactly is a Whirligig?  And Register to Win a Free Picture Book at a Friend’s Blog” 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.

Part 1–Earlier this week, I posted about Vollis Simpson and whirligigs he created.  See below:


This led to the question, “What exactly is a whirligig?”  I’ve been asked to clarify.  Whirligigs may be tiny, such as a pinwheel on a pencil eraser or huge like some of the whirligigs Vollis Simpson created.  (See picture below). These can weigh up to three tons (think elephants) and a tower up to 50 feet tall (think ferris wheel). 

Many words are used to describe whiligigs–synonyms such as whirlybird, spinners, pinwheels, and others.  See Wikipedia’s comments below.

Definition of whirligigs:

  • According to Wikipedia, “a ‘whirligig’ is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one member that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand or friction powered or even powered by a motor! They can be used as a kinetic garden ornament. They can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents in yards, gardens, and backyards.”

  • According to Merriam Webster, a whirligig is “a toy that has a whirling motor or something that continuously whirls or changes.”

Looking for pinwheels?

Many stores stock patriotic pinwheels for US holidays at this time.  Garden centers probably carry a variety year round.

Have you ever owned a pinwheel?  Have you made one yourself?  Check out craft books or this site to find directions for making them:


Pinwheels or Whirligigs as Yard Decorations:

Have you ever seen pinwheels decorating a yard?  I decided to add one to my yard after writing this blog post.  The pinwheel I bought is rather short, so I may replace the stake with a longer one.  Maybe you’d like to add a pinwheel stake to your yard.

Pinwheel.  Linda Martin Andersen.  Copyright 2013

Pinwheel. Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2013

Part 2–Donna Earnhardt is giving away a copy of her picture book Being Frank.  Register to win by visiting her blog link below and following the rules there:


Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Please come again soon.  Bring a friend. 

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

Posted in Calendar Events, Careers, Character Traits, Games, Interviews, Math, Monthly Activities, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

%d bloggers like this: