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April–A To Z

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 30, 2016


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April—A To Z

(Can you find A To Z here?)

April Fool’s Day: 1

National Farm Animals Day: 10

National Teach Your Children To Save Day: 29

Zipper Day: 29

International Jazz Day: 30

Writing Prompts:

  1. What prank or April Fool’s joke has someone played on you? What have you played on others?
  2. Are you a good sport when someone plays a joke or trick on you?  How do you handle it?
  3. What farm animal do you wish you could raise in your backyard?  Why would you choose that particular one?
  4. Have you ever visited a petting zoo?  Tell about it.
  5. Are you good at saving money?  What plan works for you?
  6. Julie Bowe writes a friendship series of children’s books that mention a backpack with many zippers. Can you discover which title it is?  Name other stories that mention zippers.
  7. Would you rather wear zippers or buttons and why?
  8. Name different uses of the word “jazz.”  Choose one and write about it.

What will you celebrate in April? 

I have decided to try the Blogging From A to Z–April (2016) Challenge.

      Letter Schedule [2016]

To learn more, check  here:  http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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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Just Jot It January #21–Excitement is in the Air

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 21, 2016


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“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 #21–Excitement is in the Air” 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 Excitement is in the Air.

Our area has talk of possible winter precipitation and here in the south that means there’s excitement’s in the air.  Will there be a snow day.? A day off from school?  A delayed opening?  Will there be a chance to build a snowman, go sledding, etc.?

Last night a friend in the Piedmont area saw snow.  We got sleet.  This morning, the ground is clear.  The weather report?   Precipitation should begin before 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.  And for that reason, there’s excitement in the air, although I hope we’re spared the blizzard some places are expected to receive.  In other words, less is better!

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Winter weather can add excitement to the air.  What other things do too?
  2. Have you ever been so excited about something that you thought you would burst?  Tell about it.
  3. Why do you think we say “excitement is in the air” instead of excitement rests on the ground?
  4. When would you say, “less is better?”

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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!

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Just Jot It January #20–Fortune Cookie Messages

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 20, 2016


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“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…

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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!

 

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Just Jot It January–“Sort of Like”…

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 19, 2016


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“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–“Sort of Like”… 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 Things That Are “Sort of Like”… 

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When I looked out the window this morning, I saw frost.  I remarked, “It’s sort of like snow.” Understand, I live in the south and this is as close to snow as we get, most of the time.

Last night, I heard a book summary described.  Basically, the reviewer said the book was “sort of like” another title.

Celebrate “Sort of Likes” in your world today.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Write about a “Sort of Like” you’ve said.
  2. What is your favorite food “sort of like?”  For example, some people say “rabbit” tastes sort of like chicken.
  3. Tell about a time a friend shared a story and you shared one “sort of like” it.

Visit 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!

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Just Jot It January #18–Writer’s Humor

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 18, 2016


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“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 #18–Writer’s Humor

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 a writer’s humor.  Enjoy.

Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Write a riddle about writing.
  2. Write a riddle about the alphabet.
  3. Write a riddle about writing and the alphabet.

Visit 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!

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