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8 Children’s Books About Community Helpers

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One of my 2019 writing goals included creating a course, which I was actually able to complete earlier this year. The Foods and Food Production Course I created was published on Schoolhouse Teachers at the end of March.

Foods and Food Production

And now, there is another course I created available on Schoolhouse Teachers. This one is entitled Who Are Community Helpers?

Who Are Community Helpers? is divided into ten lessons each focused on a different community helper. Those include:

  • Chef
  • Construction worker
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Mail carrier
  • Nurse
  • Police officer
  • Teacher

Each individual community helper lesson is divided into sections:

  • Introduction Questions
  • Bible
  • Books to Read
  • Social Studies/History/Geography
  • Math
  • Science/Health
  • Writing
  • Art/Snack/Activities
  • Closing Questions

Who Are Community Helpers? and Foods and Food Production are available to members of Schoolhouse Teachers, which offers over 400 courses for preschoolers through high schoolers, as well as additional resources for adults.  My daughters and I have enjoyed mutliple courses, videos, and resources from Schoolhouse Teachers, and we are looking forward to taking advantage of more of the courses in the upcoming school year (and this summer).

If you would like more information about Schoolhouse Teachers, click here.

If you are not a member of Schoolhouse Teachers (and have no interest in becoming one), then maybe the following 8 books about community helpers will be helpful if you decide to talk about community helpers with the little ones in your life.

Books About Community Helpers

Helpers in my Community by Bobbie Kalman

This book talks about what a community is, who community helpers are, what communities need, and who helps to fill those needs. It discusses builders, electricians, plumbers, teachers, librarians, crossing guards, school-bus drivers, nurses, principals, caretakers, medical helpers, dentists, paramedics, fire fighters, police officers, and volunteers.

Jobs of a Preschooler by Brigitte Brulz

Yes, this is the book I wrote and published, but I figured it fits in with community helpers. Jobs of a Preschooler has only one sentence per page and rhyming text. Free coloring pages to go along with the book are available here.

The summary of Jobs of a Preschooler states: “There are many jobs a parent may do throughout his or her day. A parent may be a chef (someone has to make the meals to eat), a teacher (learning doesn’t happen only at school), and a driver (for all those places where walking would take way too long). But parents aren’t the only ones with these jobs – preschoolers may do them, too! Join a busy preschooler as she experiences many jobs throughout her day. Is it work, or is it play?”

Show Me Community Helpers by Clint Edwards

This book includes police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and hygienists, veterinarians, teachers, librarians, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, construction workers, and electric utility workers. Each community helper section offers vocabulary words that go along with that community helper. For example, the police officer section talks about what police officers do and defines a fingerprint, crime, jail, holster, police car, siren, flashlight, two-way radio, badge, and handcuffs.

Whose Coat is This? by Laura Purdie Salas

Throughout the book, the reader is asked whose coat is being shown closeup with a one line description. The answer is then found on the next page along with more of a description of how the coat is just right for the job it is used for. The “coats” shown in this book include an artist’s smock, judge’s robe, soldier’s jacket, mail carrier’s coat, ski patroller’s jacket, doctor’s lab coat, firefighter’s coat, and your coat. The end includes a quick quiz to see what you have learned about three of the coats.

Whose Gloves are These? by Laura Purdie Salas

Throughout the book, the reader is asked whose gloves are being shown closeup with a one line description. The answer is then found on the next page along with more of a description of how the gloves are just right for the job they are used for. The gloves shown include a zookeeper’s glove, baseball player’s glove, dentist’s glove, mountain guide’s glove, gardener’s glove, welder’s gloves, housekeeper’s glove, and your winter mittens. The end includes a quick quiz to see what you have learned about three of the gloves.

Whose Hat Is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Throughout the book, the reader is asked whose hat is being shown closeup with a one line description. The answer is then found on the next page along with more of a description of how the hat is just right for the job it is used for. The hats shown include a firefighter’s helmet, beekeeper’s hat, chef’s hat, police officer’s cap, football player’s helmet, astronaut’s helmet, construction worker’s hard hat, and your hat. The end includes a quick quiz to see what you have learned about three of the hats.

Whose Shoes Are These? by Laura Purdie Salas

Throughout the book, the reader is asked whose shoes are being shown closeup with a one line description. The answer is then found on the next page along with more of a description of how the shoes are just right for the job they are used for. The shoes shown include underwater photographer’s flippers, park ranger’s field boots, athlete’s basketball shoes, construction worker’s steel-toed boots, ballerina’s pointe shoes, fisherman’s knee-high rubber boots, astronaut’s space boots, and your sneakers. The end includes a quick quiz to see what you have learned about three of the shoes.

Who Will I Be? by Abby Huntsman

The teacher in Isabel’s class asks what the students want to be when they are older, but Isabel doesn’t know. Her dad has her think about what makes her happy. She enjoys helping others but doesn’t think there is a job for a helper, so her dad shows her some of the helpers in her community: a teacher, crossing guard, veterinarian, someone in the military, policeman, librarian, activist, gardener, garbage man, pastor, journalist, fireman, and mayor (her mother). She still doesn’t know specifically which job she wants to have when she grows up, but she decides she does want to be a helper.

Do you have a recommendation for any other book about community helpers?

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2019 Goals Update and Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Current Project

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I can’t believe we are already in May! How are you doing on your goals so far for this year?

2019 Goals Update

2019 Writing Goals Update

I have been making some progress on my writing goals for this year. I am still writing for Hands On As We Grow, writing at least two posts each month for my website’s blog, attending writer’s meetings, and serving as a Network Chair for SCBWI Iowa.

I have also researched, written a proposal, and submitted a children’s nonfiction project. I did write a rough draft to one children’s book manuscript that will probably not go anywhere beyond my kitchen table and started revising a different children’s book manuscript.

I also submitted an additional children’s book manuscript I had written last year to some literary agents and publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. For those of you who don’t know, unsolicited manuscripts are simply manuscripts that have not been requested by the publisher or represented by a literary agent. I haven’t been able to get either of the children’s books I submitted this year accepted by a publisher or literary agent (hopefully yet).

Although I have received quite a few rejection letters this year, I still have been able to have some of my works accepted. My proposals for course ideas were approved, and I have created two courses for Schoolhouse Teachers (only the one called Foods and Food Production has been published so far).

Foods and Food Production

I also wrote an article for The Old Schoolhouse, which should be published some time this year in a resource they are putting together for homeschool parents.

In addition to that, I received an email saying that a short true humorous writing I submitted to Reader’s Digest in September of 2017 should be published in an upcoming issue. I had forgotten about that writing and was surprised to hear something about it 20 months later, but I am excited to have it published!

So, the goals I have not completed yet include attending an SCBWI conference (which I hope to do in September), being accepted by a literary agent, working on a nonfiction project for adults (not sure if I am still wanting to pursue this idea), possibly joining Twitter, and doing at least one school visit or story time.

I recently came up with a new idea that was not written as one of my goals for this year, which I have just started working on. I thought it would be fun to share a behind-the-scenes peek of this project with you.

Behind-The-Scenes Peek

Both of my daughters enjoy writing, and they have recently been reading quite a few books about writing and writing prompts.

Two of the books they have really enjoyed include:

The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp


and

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine.

As they have been doing their own writing research and writing projects, I thought it would be fun to create a journal filled with 52 adventurous writing prompts for kids. I chose the number 52 so there is one writing prompt for each week of the year.

After deciding I wanted to create adventurous writing prompts, I did some research on Amazon looking at styles of other writing prompt journals for kids. The “look inside” feature has been so helpful!

Some questions I asked myself as I was looking at the other writing prompt journals for kids included:

  1. How many other writing prompt journals are there?
  2. How many reviews are there for each?
  3. What do the reviews say (both positive and negative)?
  4. How is the interior laid out?
  5. What is the size of the book?
  6. Who published the book?
  7. How can mine be different/better?
  8. What did the book description say?
  9. What is the cost?
  10. What are the recommended ages?

It appeared there were many positive reviews for the writing prompt journals that were available, so there seems to be a desire (possibly even a need) for them. I decided what I am wanting to create will be different in style and technique, so it wouldn’t appear I was merely copying someone else’s journal. I also noticed many of them were self-published, and they still had quite a few reviews.

I decided I would move forward with the idea of an adventurous writing prompt journal for kids. I had used Createspace (owned by Amazon) when I self-published Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles and Jobs of a Preschooler, which I thought worked out quite well. Createspace; however, no longer publishes books, and my previously published books have been moved over to KDP Print (also owned by Amazon).

When books are traditionally published, authors don’t have to worry about all of the formatting, illustrations, and layout designs. Since this will be self-published, I will need to make sure I understand how to properly format it. So, I have been doing some research on how to use KDP Print and properly format books.

Here are two pages I printed from KDP Print’s instructions about formatting books.

I looked at other books and notebooks I have at home (along with the journals found on Amazon) and decided I would like the journal to be 9.25″x7.5″. Using a template found on KDP, I determined the paper size and the margins I need.

I want to include pictures within my journal, so I searched Pixabay for photos available for commercial use. I found quite a few that I am interested in and signed up for an account with Pixabay (which isn’t required).

Signing up for the account actually took longer than I was expecting because I had to create a username and password and click on pictures shown on one of those Captcha pages to make sure I wasn’t a robot (which I always seem to have issues with) only to be told the username had already been taken. I finally (after about twenty minutes) was able to use the sixth user name I chose.

I noticed many of the journals on Amazon were plain on top, and I want something that stands out a little more. I experimented with a few different designs using a compass (found on Pixabay) on the top, so that I can number the writing prompts.

I tried a plain compass with a number in the middle, a compass on a map with a number in the middle, and the plain compass with a number in the middle with a border around the entire page. Trying to get the number in the middle of the compass proved to be a little challenging for me, but I got it!

I personally like the border around the entire page, but I decided to ask my daughters what they thought individually.

They both agreed the border around the entire page with the simple compass looked the best, so that is what I am going to attempt to do. Hopefully, I can figure out how to format the border properly taking into account the margins, trim size, and gutter. I’m not very computer savvy, so it will be interesting.

Even though I will be numbering the writing prompts at the top of the page, I would really like to have a page number at the bottom of each of the pages. So, I experimented with that for a little bit, too.

I like the numbers that look like “-1-” better than just “1”, so I hope to do that on the pages that have the lines. Unfortunately, I am having difficulty figuring out how to put the page numbers on the bottoms of the pages when they have a border. I guess I will have to do some research to see if it is even possible with the program I have.

I then printed off a few variations of lines on pages to determine how far apart I wanted them. I noticed some of the negative reviews on journals were due to the fact that the lines were too close together making it a challenge to write.

I felt like Goldilocks: The first lines were too close together, the next lines were too far apart, but the third lines seemed just right until…my daughter looked at them and said the lines were too dark.

Hmmm. Something I hadn’t considered.

So, I played around with different fonts to make the lines less bold while still keeping them the same distance apart as the third set of lines (since we had all agreed that was the right distance).

My one daughter liked the less bold lines, but my other daughter disapproved. I guess that’s something else I will have to play around with a little more.

I had noticed some of the negative reviews on other writing journals stated there were not enough lines to write a full response to the writing prompt, so I want to make sure I have plenty of space for the writing prompts. I also really want to include pictures that correspond with the writing prompts since many positive reviews reflected on how much the pictures were appreciated.

The pictures are going to have to be printed grayscale within the journal because having color pictures throughout raises the cost of them considerably. I personally like the look of the grayscale pictures, and the other journals I saw that included pictures did use grayscale pictures, too.

I printed a page with a picture taking up only half a page with lines on top and another page with the same picture taking up the entire page. I definitely like the whole page picture better because it stands out so much more and because that allows me even more space for lines.

Next, I tried to determine whether the full page picture would be better right before the writing prompt or right after the page of lines for the writing prompt.

Both of my daughters and I ended up agreeing it would probably be better to have the full page picture immediately before the writing prompt.

Then, I had to choose which font looked best for the actual writing prompt portion. I was trying to find something that would fit with the adventurous theme yet still be easily legible.

It took some time, but my daughters and I finally all agreed on one font. For now at least. We’ll see if the final journal still has the same font.

I played around with single spacing and double spacing with the writing prompts and decided the single spacing looked much better.

I took quite a few notes on the pages I had printed so I can refer back to them later. This also reaffirmed that the line spacing we chose seems to be the best fit.

While previewing the other writing prompt journals, I noticed some of them start immediately with the writing prompts while others have a page for the owner to write his or her name.

I really liked the ones that had the additional name page, so I played around with a picture and created a name page.

This Journal Belongs to...

I put together a list of other possible additional pages such as title page, copyright page, a note to the writer (introduction), Table of Contents, and credits for pictures page. I’m not sure if I will include all of these pages, but it is something for me to consider.

Now that I have some of the nitty-gritty details figured out (which may end up being changed as I progress on this project), I should probably actually write the writing prompts using the list of 55 adventurous topics to include within the journal I created. I included a few extras in case some can’t be used for some reason.

Once I have all of the writing prompts completed, I will attempt to format all of the pages properly, decide on a title,  create a cover, choose a selling price, and upload the manuscript and cover to KDP Print. Hopefully, I will actually complete this journal within the next few months- my newest goal!

Do you have any suggestions for this adventurous writing prompt journal for kids?

 

Themed Books · Writing Appearances

14 Children’s Books About Seeds, Plants, and Gardening

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One of my writing goals for 2019  was to research some information about creating a course and possibly actually create a course.

In my 2019 goals update I mentioned something I was excited about concerning this goal. I had researched some information about creating a course for Schoolhouse Teachers, which is an online website my daughters and I have found informative, useful, and advantageous for our homeschooling journey.

Schoolhouse Teachers

Schoolhouse Teachers is also a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, where I had two articles (“Hands On Math: The Hungry Jar” and “Meal Planning: How to Save Time and Money”) published last year.

I wrote a little extra about each of those articles on A Craft to Teach Kids Budgeting and Giving and Personal Pizzas Kids Can Create.

After doing my research and exploring a few of the many courses Schoolhouse Teachers has to offer (they have over 400 different courses in a variety of subjects for preschoolers through high schoolers along with many other additional resources!), I came up with three course ideas I was interested in creating and submitted a proposal.

You can find more information about Schoolhouse Teachers here if interested.

My proposal was accepted for all three courses, so I have actually exceeded this goal! I have completed two of the courses so far and one of them is now available to Schoolhouse Teachers members.

It is called Foods and Food Production.

Foods and Food Production

This course includes information about 26 different foods and how they are grown, harvested, processed, and used. Each of the 26 foods included within this course has introduction questions, links to videos about them, children’s books to read (if available), links to additional resources, a geography section with worksheets to label flags of the top ten producing countries, information about products made, recipes to try, and closing questions.

My daughters and I previewed all of the videos (plus more) that are included within the course together. Even though the course is listed on Schoolhouse Teachers for grades 1-3, my daughters (who are quite a bit older) did enjoy watching how the foods grew and were harvested and processed. I thought it was all quite fascinating!

The recommended books in the course are only books that I was able to check out from my library and preview on my own. And there were a lot of books!

I am very thankful for the library and those who help at the library! I had to reserve multiple books that were available at other libraries and have them sent to my library through interlibrary loan.

My daughters and I went on scavenger hunts at our local library searching for all of the other books I didn’t have reserved using a list I created at home from our library’s online catalog.

These are some of the books we brought home from one trip to the library for Foods and Food Production.

Books about Foods

We checked out over 50 books on at least one of the visits to the library.

It’s funny watching the glances from other people while trying to check so many books out at one time, but it’s not so much fun when one of the cloth bags breaks open on the way out of the library door.

Yeah, that happened…books are heavy! I am so glad my daughters were with me to help carry them all out.

When I was working on Foods and Food Production, it was really cold and snowy, but now it is officially spring! I’m looking forward to having fresh produce again this year from our garden.

So, in anticipation of gardening and watching our own foods grow (and in celebration of Earth Day today), I figured I would share with you fourteen books about seeds, plants, and gardening.

Thirteen of these fourteen books are included as suggested books to read at the beginning of the Foods and Food Production course.

I was able to check all of these books out from my library, but I have provided links to them for your convenience.

Children’s Books About Seeds

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

This book talks about many different kinds of seeds in a poetic format with additional information available to read and learn about the seeds.

Let’s Go Nuts!: Seeds We Eat by April Pulley Sayre

This rhyming book with limited text shows a variety of seeds with different shapes, sizes, and colors.

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan 

This Let’s Read and Find Out book discusses what seeds are, different types of seeds, and where you can plant seeds. It then talks about conducting an experiment with seeds and eggshells to discover how seeds grow day by day.

Nature’s Miracles: Once There Was a Seed by Judith Anderson and Mike Gordon 

A young girl and her grandpa who both have green thumbs (which the book explains) plant seeds. The girl learns how deep the seeds should go, what three things the seeds need to grow, and how the seeds grow into plants. She also learns what pollen is, why it is important, and how seeds can grow into new plants from the ones grown. The end offers a note for parents and teachers with suggestions for follow-up activities.

Children’s Books About Plants

Exploring Plants by Claire Llewellyn

This book uses simple sentences to describe where plants grow, different kinds of plants, the parts of plants, leaves, flowers, seeds, how plants grow, what plants need to grow, what we can eat from plants, what animals may eat, and how plants help us. It ends with directions to grow your own beans in a jar.

Plant Cycle by Ray James

This book has only a couple of sentences per page. It talks about plant reproduction, plant seeds and how they can get to different places, how plants grow, and plants breaking down.


Plant Life Cycles by Sally Morgan

This book has quite a bit of text. It talks about shoots, roots, plant life cycles, interesting plant facts, flowering plants, nonflowering plants, germination, photosynthesis, flowers, plant fertilization, flower shapes, flower trickery, seeds, fruits, how seeds are scattered, producers and consumers, annuals, perennials, biennials, decomposers, and compost.

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch

I really like this book! It uses simple text to show how plants move even though they don’t have feet, fins, or wings. Plants wiggle, grow, squirm, reach, creep, slither, crawl, climb, explode, and more. The back of the book gives a more detailed explanation of the plants shown in the illustrations.

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell

This book has only one to two sentences per page and describes what a person could eat such as leaves (like spinach), roots and tubers (like carrots and potatoes), bulbs (onions), stems (asparagus), flowers (broccoli), fruits that grow on trees (apples), fruits that grow on bushes (blueberries), fruits that grow on vines (melons), and seeds (walnuts).

Plants We Eat by Christine Peterson

This book talks about different edible plants we eat and discusses vegetables, wheat, leaves, fruits, tubers, spices, and more. It ends with the suggestion to create a stirfry using a variety of plant parts such as carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, etc.

Children’s Books About Gardening

The Garden Project by Margaret McNamara

This Ready-To-Read Level 1 book is part of the Robin Hill School Series. It talks about how the Robin Hill School students, parents, and teacher convert their old sandbox into a garden for the kids to learn about gardening and enjoy the end results.

The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell

This book is divided into the four seasons and provide projects to do within each of the seasons. It also talks about why people garden and provides a very detailed explanation of garden basics. Each of the projects listed within this book have step-by-step instructions to follow. Some projects include making newspaper pots, growing a sack of potatoes, planting a strawberry basket, growing an avocado plant, and making a compost bin.


The Usborne Book of Growing Food by Abigail Wheatley

This is a detailed book about what you need to know before you start gardening, the supplies you will need, and step-by-step instructions with more facts about growing carrots, shallots, bush beans, sprouting beans, peas, herbs, edible flowers, and more. It also provides tips and techniques for gardening such as how to fill containers, sow seeds, plant, repot, deal with pests, and compost.

Think Like a Scientist in the Garden by Matt Mullins

This book talks about being a scientist in your own garden. It provides the steps to the scientific procedure and then tells how to collect facts, ask questions, do research (with information about Gregor Mendel), and conduct experiments you can try at home.

Will you be growing a garden this year?

 

For more fun with garden produce, check out these posts:

Our Grand Pumpkin Experiment

Quick Fresh Salsa

Pickle Making During National Pickle Month

 

 

Jobs of a Preschooler · Writing Appearances

Easter Eggsperiment and Projects

It can be a lot of fun celebrating holidays! Will you be celebrating Easter in just a few weeks?

If so, you may enjoy 2 simple Easter egg painting projects my daughters and I did together, which I wrote about and had published on Hands On As We Grow.

Easter Project with Painted Eggs and Paper

It took a little bit of trial and error to figure out exactly how we wanted to do the projects, but we had a lot of fun and the results were beautiful.

You may also enjoy doing an Easter Eggsperiment.

My daughters and I have enjoyed doing science experiments, and I think the floating egg experiment is the perfect science experiment for Easter.

Jobs of a Preschooler- I'm a scientist...

“I’m a scientist…” from the book Jobs of a Preschooler.

This eggsperiment causes eggs to rise in water and float, which reminds me of Jesus rising from the dead- the reason Christians celebrate Easter to begin with.

If you would like to do an Easter Eggsperiment, gather the following supplies:

  • tall clear glass
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • water
  • spoon
  • measuring cups
  • measuring teaspoon

Once you have your supplies, follow these steps:

  • Fill glass with 1 1/2 cups cold water.
  • Put egg in glass.
  • Notice what happens to the egg. It should sink to the bottom of the glass. The egg is denser than the fresh water, so it sinks. But how do you make the egg rise?

Can you make the egg float?

  • Take the egg out of the glass.
  • Add 1 tsp salt.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Put egg back in glass.
  • Notice what happens to the egg. Did it rise at all?
  • Follow the same steps: take egg out of glass, add 1 tsp salt, put egg back in glass, and notice what happens to the egg 1 tsp of salt at at a time until the egg is floating.

But, why does the egg float when the salt is added?

Salt water is more dense than fresh water. As you add salt, you will notice the egg will begin to rise because the water is becoming denser than the egg. The egg becomes buoyant.

You can check out this 3 1/2 minute video for kids that explains buoyancy and what makes things float for an extended explanation. (From 2:16-2:22, it does show a simple drawing of Archimedes from the back running naked.)

We decided to take the experiment further and  tried two different kinds of salt-iodized salt and regular salt- in two separate glasses.

Here are our results after adding 4 tsp of salt to each glass.

Making an Egg Float in Water

It was interesting to us that it required more to get the egg in the iodized salt to rise.  Here are our results after adding 7 tsp of salt to each glass.

Making an Egg Float in Water

Will you try this eggsperiment at home?

 

Check out these posts for more simple science fun at home:

 

Ramblings · Writing Appearances

National Potato Chip Day and St. Patrick’s Day Activities

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Did you celebrate any of the holidays in February? Well, every day can be a day to celebrate!

Check out National Day Calendar for the National Holidays in March 2019.

There are so many national holidays to choose from throughout the year. Do you think kids would be as excited as their parents to celebrate National Napping Day? Okay kids, time for a nap…it’s the best way to celebrate today!

Celebrate National Napping Day

My cats think every day is National Napping Day.

What about National Potato Chip Day on March 14th?

I recently finished creating a unit study for an online website, which I hope to share more information about in the near future, that included 26 different foods. One of the foods within the unit study was potatoes.

We have grown potatoes in our garden in the past, but it was interesting to learn about how potatoes are harvested and manufactured on a large scale. I also enjoyed learning how potato chips are made in a factory.

red potatoes

Some red potatoes from our garden a few years ago.

You can celebrate National Potato Chip Day by watching this two and a half minute video showing how stackable chips are made and packaged in a factory and this three minute video showing how other potato chips are made in a factory.

You could also read Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud and The Greatest Potatoes by Penelope Stowell, which are both fictitious children’s books about how potato chips were created.


Both of the books include real information about how potato chips were invented in the author’s note section.

Of course, you could also eat potato chips to celebrate National Potato Chip Day!

lays dill pickle chips

The holiday that most people think of for March is probably St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, and lots of green!

If you are looking for some St. Patrick’s Day crafts to do with little ones that promote fine motor skills, you can check out the roundup I did for Hands On As We Grow of 33 St. Patrick’s Day Craft that Boost Fine Motor Skills. My roundup was published with the words “St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids are on tap in our house”, which must have been edited in after I had submitted the activities.

May you have fun celebrating whatever you choose to celebrate this month!