Coloring Sheets and Story Prompts
Holly has been creating some really great robot dinos the past few years and she made up these awesome coloring sheets. They have wonderful questions to help your kids build their own world around these drawings. I think they're incredible. You should download them and share them as well. PDF download has eight total designs to color.
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Here's another story - for littler kids
We have a few 5-year-olds in our community and I told a slower, quieter, better to fall asleep to story for them. This one is short at 3 minutes, but it was still fun to write and record. Hope you enjoy it.
We wrote a story! And recorded it!
My family and I moved into an eco-community outside of Sayulita, Mexico called TierraLuz. It's an amazing community and there's a handful of awesome kids in the community as well. As our kids have engaged them and become instant friends, I've been playing around with some short stories about a secret undercover spy school in the jungle for just these kids.
Now that we're in quarantine, I tried a really short story just for a fun exercise and then my neighbor recorded it in his at-home recording studio. And I thought I'd share it here. Hope you enjoy!
Make a whistle that will drive you crazy
Roman couldn’t focus on the work his teacher sent for today, despite it being a pretty cool project. He is obsessing over whistles today. He has recently had a couple whistles come into—and out of—his life. So today he was bound and determined to make a bamboo whistle, once he came to terms with the fact that Mom was not going to have Amazon ship one overnight.
So, we watched a YouTube video, borrowed a hack saw and got to work. Neighbor kids all took turns trying the saw and the Leatherman.
And then we washed our hands. ;)
Yesterday my son found, then lost, a whistle. He was pretty broken up about it, and today wanted to buy one. We instead tried to make one. It worked and only took most of the morning.
What's interesting here is that we just went outside and had a free project for a long period of time. If you don't have bamboo in your backyard, you could probably get by with a thick branch and a drill.
What I found most interesting was my own willingness to not squash the dream of making a whistle, and not to worry about how long it took, and to just let some flow happen in my kids' lives.
Hope you try something just like it.
We watched this video on how to build one:
In the end, it works great. Here's a video of him explaining it: