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 ‘Reasons to celebrate’

March Forth–Do Something

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 29, 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.  “March 4th–Do Something” by Linda Martin Andersen

March-4th-is-March[2]

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is your favorite fable and why?  Read a copy of the fable and then tell it to someone.  Rewrite it in your own words.
  2. What famous doctor has a birthday on March 2?  Tell about celebrations you have participated in to remember this famous name in literature.
  3. Have you ever played in a bucket drum band?  What thing makes a great musical sound that isn’t an instrument in the band?
  4. Name a way to march forth and celebrate this month.  What will you do?
  5. Name a favorite topic.  Look for poems on that topic.  Swap poems with friends for Poetry Day: 21.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  What special plans do you have for March?  Share, if you’d like. Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Calendar Events, Family Discussions, Homeschool Activities, Monthly Activities, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Things I’ll Love to Celebrate in February 2016

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 1, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

“Things I’ll Love to Celebrate in February 2016” 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.”

Things-Ill-Love-to[2]Valentine’s Day is a special day on this month’s calendar.  I chose not to include it simply because it is so well known.  February 14 is also International Book Giving Day. Why not consider giving a book instead of a Valentine to someone special?

I hope something listed here will catch your attention and be added to your February calendar.  Perhaps you’d like to send a Valentine, thank you card, or missing you card to friends during International Friendship Week, or read cowboy poetry and haikus and write a few yourself.  Could you reach out to a school counselor, an author, or illustrator?  Make February special by finding new ways to celebrate.

What special things do you have planned for this month?  I’d love to hear about them.

Writing Prompts:

  1. If you chose to give a book to someone this month, which would it be and why?
  2. Do you ever swap books with friends?  What type books do you usually swap?  Have you found a favorite author by swapping with someone else?
  3. What would you rather write:  cowboy poems or haikus?  Why?  Try writing one.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what special things you have planned for this month.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Calendar Events, Family Discussions, goal setting, Homeschool Activities, Monthly Activities, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 31, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074   jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate trying new things.

What are your goals for 2016?  Do any of them require you to try new things?  This is a great way to grow in skills and confidence.  Remember, there’s help out there if you want to try something new.  You Tube videos exist for that reason. 😉

I had someone suggest I try Flash Fiction.  I could, but I also have to think about what I want to focus on.  I can’t accept every challenge placed in front of me for the sake of trying new things.  I did accept the “Just Jot It January” blog challenge and it has been rewarding for me.

Remember, if you accept a challenge or decide to try something new and it doesn’t seem right for you, you can decide whether to stick with it or walk away.  None of us want to be branded as “quitters,” but I say it’s okay to change your mind at times too.  Just don’t change your convictions (strong beliefs).  In my case, I won’t give up writing, even if I give up some area of it.

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is a conviction that you won’t give up?
  2. Have you ever started something and lost your compassion for it and quit?  Suggestions include sports, music, etc.  Did you find something more rewarding for you?  Please share.
  3. What is something new you plan to try?  Tell about it.
  4. What is something new you tried that has been rewarding for you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/31/just-jot-it-january-31st-clumsy/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Homeschool Activities, humor, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 30, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074   jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate found treasures.

Recently I found and subscribed to Farley’s Fridays, (Treasure #1) a blog post written from a dog’s point of view by Kristina Stanley.  On Friday, Farley was wearing shoes.  This inspired me to write about TGIF and dancing shoes.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/just-jot-it-january-29-tgif/

http://kristinastanley.com/2016/01/29/farleys-friday-a-wheatens-dancing-shoes/

Today, I found a blog post about a picture book where a dog wears shoes. Learn about Kevan Atteberry’s Doggone Love here:  http://picturebookbuilders.com/2016/01/doggone-love/  If you’re not familiar with this blog, I highly recommend it.  And Picture Book Builder’s blog post inspired the post you’re reading. (Treasure #2)

I also recently wrote about the “magic of threes.”  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25-prestidigitation/

I wonder if I’ll find a third sharing of a dog wearing shoes?  Maybe you could help me.

I discovered another treasure in my inbox today–(Treasure #3) a blog post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  It’s contains a poem titled “Someone Else’s Shoes.”  Although it’s not about a dog wearing shoes, I think you’ll enjoy it.

http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2016/01/walking-milewriting-from-books-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amylv%2FGmZc+%28The+Poem+Farm%29

Reading this post, led to another suggested book read:  Edwards Eyes for ages 8-12 by Patricia MacLachlan.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Edwards-Eyes/Patricia-MacLachlan/9781416927440

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you or someone you know dressed a pet?  Were shoes added?
  2. When have you worn someone else’s shoes?  Where did you wear them?  Tell about it.
  3. Have you ever played dress up in your mom or dad’s shoes?  Did anyone play with you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/30/just-jot-it-january-30th-an-socs/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Homeschool Activities, humor, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments »

Just Jot It January #29–TGIF

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 29, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074   jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #29–TGIF” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate TGIF.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! (TGIF)  School children look forward to Fridays because it’s the last day of their school week and time to enjoy the weekend.  Employees who work M-F do too.  Those who get paid on Fridays look forward to it for a pay check.

Often, people ask, “What are you doing this weekend?”  When I was younger, I used to put on my dancing shoes.  Check out Kristina Stanley’s post about her dog, Farley.  Hope you enjoy it.

http://kristinastanley.com/2016/01/29/farleys-friday-a-wheatens-dancing-shoes/

Writing Prompts:

  1. Have you ever owned a pair of dancing shoes?  Tell about an experience while wearing them.
  2. What is your favorite day of the week?  Why?
  3. What day of the week did something special happen to you?  Does that make that day of the week your favorite now.  Why or why not?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/29/just-jot-it-january-29th-ghost/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Family Discussions, Homeschool Activities, Interviews, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 28, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074   jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate serendipity.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendipity

Serendipity is one of my favorite words to twirl around in my mouth and feel on my lips.  Zippy do da does the same thing for me.

Have you ever run into someone you hadn’t seen in years, who had special connections that could benefit you, just when you were feeling overwhelmed with a major transition in your life?  Well maybe not that exactly, but things just fell into place in an expected way?  Well, those are my examples of serendipity for today.

Finding the word serendipity…

This morning I read one of my favorite blogs and I found the word “serendipity.”   I hope you find the word too and you find serendipity in your day as well.

http://laurasalas.com/poems-for-teachers/poetryaction-for-p-zonka-lays-an-egg/

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced serendipity? Please tell us.
  2. What are your thoughts on “luck.” Do you believe in it?  Explain.
  3. Do you believe good things are more likely to come by luck or hard work?  Tell about it.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity

 

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Homeschool Activities, Reading, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 25, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074   jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

When I saw prestidigitation was the suggested writing prompt for today, I thought no way.  Then I learned it means “slight of hand” or “magic.”  Okay, I can accept that challenge.  In picture books, repetition and use of threes produces “magic.”

So today, I celebrate the magic of threes. 

Look for the use of threes in what you see and read today.  Can you name children’s books with three characters in the title such as The Three Little Pigs.  Or a refrain repeated three times perhaps in a hymn or in a story.  Or a nursery rhyme with three descriptions building on a core topic such as peas.  Do you remember “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxEcIGcxwt8

My friend, Gretchen, recently suggested that I add one more line to a refrain in a story I’m writing.  Yes, why didn’t I think of that?  Now, it feels magical to me.  It feels complete.  Each line is spoken by one of the three main characters.  So, today I celebrate the magic of threes.  I encourage you to do the same.

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced the “magic of threes?”  Tell more.
  2. Think in threes.  Set three goals.  Perhaps you could create one for yourself, one to help someone else, and one to help a larger group.
  3. Why do you think children’s literature often contains the “magic of threes?”

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25th-prestidigitation/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Family Discussions, Games, goal setting, Homeschool Activities, Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Just Jot It January #20–Fortune Cookie Messages

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 20, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074            jjj-2016[1]

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

“Just Jot It January #20–Fortune Cookie Messages”… by Linda Martin Andersen”

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every remaining day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:

Today, I Celebrate Fortune Cookie Messages–silly as they might seem.

I celebrate these neatly hidden surprises that uplift us, even those that seem ridiculous.  It’s all in fun.  Recently, my husband and I shared a takeout order of Chinese.  He said I could have the fortune cookie.

Here’s what I found inside–two messages:

Follow the advice of your heart. And…  Find release from your cares, have a good time.

Generic?  Yes.  Music to my ears? Definitely.  Self-doubting writers need a double dose of each of these fortune cookie messages.

What fortune cookie message would make you smile?

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Write a fortune cookie message.  Write one with a special need in mind.  For example:  “Today, you will hit a homerun.” Ballplayers as well as anyone working on a project or assignment would like this one.
  2. Write two fortune cookie messages.  Make them opposites.  For example:  “Rest and relax today.”  And…”Work hard and you will achieve.”  Imagine placing both in one cookie.  Write about the reaction when the cookie is opened.
  3. Write a fortune cookie message that tells something your mom might say.  For example:  Don’t forget to do your homework or else…

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/20/just-jot-it-january-20th-surreptitiously/

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January and to comment on other participants’ posts.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

Posted in Activities for teachers and parents, Character Traits, Family Discussions, Homeschool Activities, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Prompts | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

 
%d bloggers like this: