Play With Your Food!
FUN WITH FRUIT & VEGGIES
A further search might introduce you to the delightful food art and photography of Saxton Freymann, published in a series of children’s picture books in collaboration with Joost Elffers.
If it’s one of those days when you’re stuck in the house with kids—a snow day, or the 40th day of rain, or a day just too hot to leave the air conditioning—get out a carving knife and the fruits and veggies from the crisper and create your own menagerie!Read more
What To Do with a Parsnip?
READ A PARSNIP, COLOR A PARSNIP…. DRESS A PARSNIP?!
One of the coloring pages below comes from the cover illustration of my picture book Once Upon a Parsnip, illustrated by the wonderful Ben Mann. The other is a portrait of the Divine Ms. P–Penelope Parsnip, the Story Queen’s mascot and traveling companion. Parsnips tend to be a bit pale, but this particular parsnip’s outfit shouldn’t be by the time your kids get through with it! The Penelope Paper Doll is the giddy creation of Vancouver, Washington crafter Miriam Giles. Put on your maker hat and get ready for some parsnip fun!Read more
Penelope P: Parsnip Fashionista
A WHOLE NEW MEANING FOR “DRESSING YOUR VEGGIES”
If only life were so simple!
Penelope Parsnip was born in the midst of a Story Queen tour to California. I was two weeks into a six-week road trip presenting young author assemblies in schools and promoting my newest book, Once Upon a Parsnip, in libraries, bookstores and various other venues. I’d been documenting my trip on social media and wanted to continue sharing the tour, but honestly, I was getting tired of posting selfies.
I needed a mascot. Plus, it was getting lonely on the road; I needed a traveling companion!Read more
Summer Squash vs. Winter Squash
A QUICK QUIZ ABOUT COUSINS: SUMMER & WINTER SQUASH
Here’s a fun quiz to see how well they (and you!) know your way around squash. The answers contain explanations and additional information.
1. Which picture shows summer squash and which shows winter squash?Read more
Color Me Zestful: Zucchini
FUN WITH CRAYONS: A GARDEN SIGN TO COLOR
Graphic artist Gerald G. created a series of sweet garden signs, available for free download at openclipart.org, to glue to a stick and poke in the dirt next to your newly planted seeds in the garden.
You can find his images for zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow and green string beans, radishes and pumpkins here, in sizes appropriate for a garden sign. I’ve adapted the zucchini sign as a coloring page. (This might be a nice one to watercolor, too.)
Print out a copy for each of your kids and one for you. Share a few fun facts about zucchini while you color or paint. There’s nothing like engaging in creative work together to keep your family close. The family that plays together, stays together!Read more