October Highlights Hidden Picture & More

Not much time left now to find all the hidden pictures at HIGHLIGHTS spooktacular online site. Scurry over and see if you can do it.

Or if you’d like to do some thrilling reading in the Halloween theme, go to my website where you’ll find FRIGHTFUL READS.

Always popular this time of year is MAKE A SPIDER craft. I know I’d much rather make them than find them unexpectedly. The ones you make are soft and fuzzy. You can make them in a variety of colors and sizes–just right to frighten a friend, or not.

Your friends would certainly enjoy SPIDER SNACKS. They are a treat to make and yummy to eat.

And last but not least, a Halloween joke for you:

What kind of pants do ghosts like?


October Fun

HIGHLIGHTS Magazine has some fun October online activities.
Try your skills at Build a Scarecrow. Create the scarecrow of your dreams, then print your creation.

Or there is JACK-O-LANTERN MAKER. You can even make it glow.

While you’re there, read a spooky story. MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Ellen Javernick is sure to scare you silly.

And if you want a snack to go with your story, mix a batch of SPIDER SNACKS. They’re frightfully delicious.

Illustrators & Highlights Hidden Picture

As promised, here are a couple more photos from the Guardian Angel Publishing events last weekend.

These two pictures show illustrators, Jack Foster and Eugene Ruble, in action.
Jack is demonstrating his drawing techniques for the eager audience. He’s showing them how he developed the characters in Donna Shepherd‘s POODLE AND DOODLE picture book.
Eugene is creating on-the-spot cartoon portraits of lucky kids. Eugene captured each child’s likeness in a flash. And what fun the kids had posing and then seeing themselves come to life in pencil.

All this was happening at the St. Louis Children’s Illustrated Art Museum last Friday.

While we’re on the subject of art, why not pull up this month’s Highlights Magazine Hidden Picture and challenge yourself to see how many objects you can find. Maybe you’ll want to try your own hand at a little illustration as well.

Have fun!

Picture Adventure

Summer is already over for many students, but there is still time to enjoy the August HIGHLIGHTS Hidden Picture

This beachy scene will help children enjoy the sand, surf, and sun for perhaps one last time this year. What a great way to help expand your child’s vocabulary and reading skills, along with puzzle-solving practice.

Some suggestions for using the Hidden Picture:

For younger students
–look for the pictures that have “b” in them; or “s” or “p”, etc.
–have child write out each picture word he finds in the puzzle
–count the seashells in the picture
–discuss what is happening in the picture
–can the child explain how to build a sand castle?

For older students

–alphabetize all the hidden picture words
–have the child select 1-3 of the words and use them in a story
–have the child write the directions for building a sand castle
–have the child give the pictured children names and create a story about them
–can the child draw her own illustration with one or more hidden pictures?

March Adventures

Poet, Kenn Nesbitt, has a fun mobile poetry site you can enjoy wherever you are. Using a iPhone, Blackberry, or other mobile web brower, type in this link: http://poetry4kids.com/m. You’ll be able to read and hear Kenn’s silly poetry. You can also visit his online site: poetry4kids.com

Can you write your own silly poem? Why not give it a try. I bet you’ll be surprised with the results.

If you enjoy puzzles, challenge yourself to HIGHLIGHTS March Hidden Picture Puzzle. Can you find all the hidden pictures?

Have fun!

February Fun

HIGHLIGHTS has a “click and play” Hidden Pictures interactive game just in time for Valentine’s Day. See if you can find all the hidden pictures and make the illustration transform into bright colors–“Making Valentines.”

For more interactive kid computer fun, check out Guardian Angel Publishing’s new online magazine GUARDIAN ANGEL KIDS. Here is the link to their Games. You can draw and paint, solve puzzles, and find matches. Or watch one of the book videos. Or download one of the free books or coloring pages. There’s more than enough fun stuff to fill your week as you countdown to Valentine’s Day.
And don’t forget to read “The Foolproof Valentine’s Plan” right here on my website.

Fun and Games and Writing

Let’s have some fun today. Do you like to play memory games?

How about matching up cards or answering game questions?
HIGHLIGHTS has a colorful memory game online this month–Memory Lanes.
I plan to go back and play the game again and try to beat my score. I didn’t have as good a memory as I thought. 🙂
Exploring your memory is a great way to create details for stories.
Pretend you wanted to set your story in your house.
  • What color is your front door?
  • What material is the floor in your living room? What sound do you make walking across it?
  • How would you describe the view out your bedroom window?
  • What do you hear when you open the window?
  • What do you smell cooking when you walk into the kitchen?
  • Is it warm or cold when you step outside?

I hope you enjoy challenging your memory today.

Frosty Feathered Friends

This is turning out to be an awfully cold winter.

Lucky for us we can go inside where it’s warm.
The birds and other wildlife don’t have that opportunity, so it’s important they are able to find food to fuel their bodies.
If you can, leave some birdseed out for them. You’ll enjoy watching the variety of birds who come to feast on the tempting treats you’ve provided.
HIGHLIGHTS online magazine has a fun bird quiz you can play. You’ll not only be able to see possible bird visitors to your feeder. You’ll be able to hear them as well.
You can go to the library where you’ll find books on birds, like BACKYARD BIRDS OF WINTER by Carol Lerner. You’ll discover interesting information about the birds visiting your backyard. You can even keep a log of the different birds you see each day. Keep binoculars handy and a camera. Can you snap a shot of one? Or try to draw a picture.
Which ones are your favorites?

Let It Snow!

HIGHLIGHTS Magazine has a new hidden picture puzzle for December: Let It Snow by Linda Weller.

Click on the link to download the picture and start searching. I am always amazed how the artists manage to hide all the objects in plan sight. Remember, sometimes it’s easier to find a hidden object by turning the picture upside down or sideways.
Life can be like that sometimes too–when you take a look at something from a totally different perspective, you can find new answers or ideas. And since I can truly stand on my head, I do know what the world looks like upside down. Do you?
What would snow look like if you were standing on your head? Would it be falling down or falling up? Here is how I would write the letters if I were upside down…

Tis the season to be silly!


Holly has been celebrating, as you can see. Hope you have a great day.
Highlights Magazine has some great St. Pat’s Day fun. Here is a link to their Hidden Picture.  And this link will help you create and play the HAT O’ GOLD Game.
Don’t forget to try writing your own Limerick. You’ll probably want to try it on the Shamrock at Limerick Fun.  Or maybe the Leprechaun Puzzle–all of those treats are right here on my website.
May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!