Summer Fun in the South Sea

We’re spending this hot July in the water, deep in the South Pacific, where one sea creature reigns supreme. The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea is a rhyming tale of eating, and being eaten as fish, mammals and even birds survive in this wild habitat. It’s easy to put this book on your summer reading list because it is the Arbordale Free Ebook of the Month.

Speaking of summer reading, here are some wonderful ways to keep kids learning even when they are not in school. After Reading The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea, you can test your knowledge by printing the “For Creative Minds” section and playing the Hungriest Mouth Games or matching the predator and prey.

If you are looking for a craftier rainy-day activity, we made some sea creature clothespin clips below!

For this activity, we gathered some clothespins, paint, cardboard, pipe cleaners, and a few googly eyes. As with all crafts you can be as realistic or as whimsical as you would like.

Our Orca is black and white paint with some cardboard for the tail and fin. We made a yellow fish with with a googly eye and cardboard fins. Our squid is adorned with pipe cleaner tentacles and a big eye.

Have fun with your own interpretation of the creatures of the South Sea! If you want to get your own copy of The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea, visit the Arbordale store!

Summer is here!!

School is almost out and the fun begins, but before you dive into the pool for the season here are a few days to celebrate and help the environment as well.

First up, June is the National Zoo and Aquarium month. The perfect way to see animals from all over the world and meet the keepers that take care of these animals is to visit. Go to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to find a zoo or aquarium near you. If you can’t visit, read Animal Helpers: Zoos or Animal Helpers: Aquariums to learn about those that care for wild animals every day.
Find a zoo or aquarium at www.aza.org

World Oceans Day is June 8th and a great day to recognize how important the world’s largest body of water is to our survival and the animals that live there. Events are happening around the country as well as online. Take a “Selfie for the Sea” or enter the photo contest to support conservation of the ocean. Learn more at www.worldoceansday.org

Meteor Watch Day is June 30th and a perfect night to go outside and watch the sky. Take this day to learn about meteors and other objects in the sky. Download a sky map app and look at star formation or a perfect way to prep for meteor day is to read Pieces of Another World, check it out here.
Learn more about meteors http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Meteors

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You don’t have to have a national day to celebrate the earth, nature or the environment. Summer is the perfect season to take a hike and identify plants and animals. Share your outdoor ideas with us and you may win a book for summer reading!