Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Enormous Elephant alphabet time

Some photos are graphic in nature

E is for Elephant

by Gregory Colbert

"She owned the road
as an elephant owns the veldt
and like a big blue elephant
moved with massive grace
and dignity."

- David Drake, author

elephant in San Diego Zoo

mixed media sculpture, Israel

"Elephants, it turns out,
are surprisingly stealthy."

- Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

- but maybe not as babies!!!

E is for Elephant print

"Elephants can sense danger.
They're able to detect an approaching 
tsunami or earthquake before it hits."

 - Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Small as an Elephant

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stained glass coloring page
courtesy Dover Books

pendant by

"We admire elephants in part
because they demonstrate what we consider 
the finest human traits:
social intelligence.
But the way we treat them puts on display 
the very worst 
of human behavior."

- Graydon Carter

credit: unknown

Shriner's Circus, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Asian Elephants in India

elephant in Indian Zoo
page by John Platt

Beating an elephant into submission for tourism
Thailand Elephant Tourism

"Elephants have the largest brains of any mammal
on the face of the Earth.
They are creative,
and kind."

- Ingrid Newkirk

vintage elephant head clip, courtesy Dover

courtesy Dover

"It's estimated that across Africa
100 elephants are killed for their tusks
every day.
It takes nothing more than simple math
to get to what that adds up to
in a year,
and it's a distressing figure."

- Graydon Carter

Sept, 2012

confiscated tusks

elephant in the grass

'Elephant Love'

a road roller crushes confiscated elephant tusks
worth $10 million, 
Quezone City, Metro Manila, 6-2013

"I don't know how many lions and leopards 
I've shot.
I've shot two elephants, which is enough -
never again.
It's a melancholy and moving thing 
to hunt an elephant.
It's like shooting an old man."

- Wilbur Smith

"Elephants love reunions.
They recognize one another
after years and years of separation
and greet each other 
with wild, boisterous joy.
There's bellowing and trumpeting,
ear flapping and rubbing.
Twines entwine."

- Jennifer Richard Jacobson,
Small as an Elephant

greeting at a mudbath
photo credit: Sigfried Wallach, c. 1998

Mila greets Mary, after being alone in a circus for 30 years.
Elephants don't forget.
San Diego Zoo

endangered species Sumatran Elephants greet each other

Shirley and Jenny meet again after being apart for 27 years.
Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary

"It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant.
It... is not heroic,
and certainly it is not easy;
it is just one of those preposterous things 
that men do
like putting a dam across a great river,
one tenth of whose volume could engulf
the whole of mankind
without disturbing the domestic life
of a single catfish."

- Beryl Markham, West with the Night

baby elephant trying to wake dead mother

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

"One hundred Pounder", Mozambique,
presumably refers to each tusk.

"Killing wildlife and trading in illegal rhino horn and elephant tusks are only misdemeanors in Mozambique.
Game wardens get $96 per month.
One elephant tusk is worth a minimum of $10,000 
in China or Korea, as an aphrodisiac."

- Sam Sloan

elephant coloring page
credit unknown

"I meant what I said
and I said what I meant -
An elephant's faithful,
one hundred percent!"

- Dr. Seuss

African elephants 'Follow the Leader"

I hope today's blog has inspired you,
touched you
and convinced you to be more active
in the preservation of these beautiful
giant beasts.

Bizarro elephant cartoon 2-19-2007

elephant trunk

'til next time,
and on pinterest: K.Kloberdans

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun stuff to do with kids at Easter time

vintage postcard

"When I grow up
I want to be a little boy."

- Joseph Heller, Something Happened, 1974

Easter/Spring is the perfect time
to remind ourselves
that seeing life through
child-like eyes
is still okay!

kids photography tips by natgeo

"The reluctance to put away childish things
may be a requirement
of genius."

- Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

Remember when wanting to do 
was fun?

Well, let's do some fun things
this week!

...and don't be afraid to get a little messy!

This is a simple paper craft idea 
from Martha Stewart:

Ways to tailor this for different age groups:
If your child is comfortable with scissors, let her pick out the paper and help her draw the pattern for her to cut out. Making a 'master pattern' from the inside of cereal boxes helps guide the pencil lines.
Tiny tots?
Give them a sheet of card stock and those
wonderful 'dot' Bingo markers.
Let them make colorful dots all over the card stock for you to then cut into the shaped flower petals.

Just about any age group can help put a dot of glue in the center, and press the paper candy cup in place.  For those who can write,
let them add the name of each person at your holiday table and use these as place cards!

found on

Pastel Jelly Bean Topiary

You can find the tutorial at the above listed website address. My philosophy? 
Anything you do with jelly beans
is listed under
"fun activities"!!

Just try to remember:
the goal is NOT to see how many jelly beans you can eat in one sitting...
but how many jelly beans you can 
actually craft with!

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Pretty Spring Bunny Garland

Check out the link above for 'directions', but mostly it is a look at the photo and make your own!
The bunnies are drawn freehand.
Use a hold punch at the top of each ear to thread ribbon through.
You small children will have fun dipping cotton balls in craft glue, and sticking the tail on the bunny.
you can put a dot of glue on the bunny
and have your child squish a cotton ball on top of it.

Remember to save all the little punched holes
and add them to your 
Easter confetti egg decorations.

Bead Bunnies
found at FamilyFunMagazine:

You can check out their website,
or just look at the photo and make your own.

You will need:
pipe cleaners to match paint
wood beads in 2 different sizes
fine tip black marking pen for face
desired colors of acrylic paint to paint beads

I would suggest you put the wood beads onto a bamboo skewer to paint. You can then put the skewer over an open bowl/container for the paint to dry evenly.

How can your little ones help?
Have them stick themed stickers 
on the tummies of each bunny!
You can smooth over with a dab of Modge Podge if you want.

Have little ones thread the beads with a piece of pipe cleaner.
You can then bend them into ears and feet.

Older kids?
Have them use the permanent, fine point black marker
and add the name of each holiday guest.
Use bunnies as cute, you-can-take-them-home
place cards!

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Washi Tape eggs by Linda Gardner:

Go to the above link to find directions.
Or just look at the photo and say
"I can do that!"

The wrapped candies egg stands can be hot glued to the bottom of the egg if this is something you want to keep for display.

If not, I would skip the stands and just place in a pretty basket.

Don't forget, these eggs can be filled with small candy,
small toys, little animals or...

Little hands can practice fine motor skills by helping to fill each egg. Also, let them practice snapping the eggs together.

Older kids can easily tear off a strip of washi tape
and wrap around each egg.

I think I would add stickers, 
just because I think it would look festive!

Kenzo Kids fashion wear 2013

Let's not forget how fun paper dolls are!
I think, really, paper dolls are for
both boys and girls.

found on

Want to send this to someone other than a Grand daughter?
Place a sticky note over the desired words on the front.
Photocopy, and download.
You can then add any words you want in Paint program,
or stamp your own saying to layer over the words.
You can also 'erase' areas with Paint too.

Too complicated?
Ok, just stick a big ole' Holiday sticker over the words!

the Easter Egg Cart, part of the Easter Egg mural by Jan Brett

the Pavilion for the Easter Egg mural by Jan Brett

Are we having fun yet?!!

That's it for today!
'til next time,
and on pinterest: K.Kloberdans