Maryland Skipjack Craft

Make a skipjack!
Make a skipjack!

Make these fun skipjacks out of paper towel tubes and recycled paper.

According to the Maryland Sea Grant, skipjacks were made by oystermen over 100 years ago specifically to dredge for oysters. They were named after the skipjack fish because they are quick and agile in the water. There were once over a thousand skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay. Now there are only about 20 left. And, even less are still actively used to dredge for oysters. Continue reading “Maryland Skipjack Craft”

Lighthouse Craft

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Cape Henry Lighthouses

Make these fun lighthouses out of bottle caps and paper towel tubes.

These lighthouses are modeled after the Cape Henry Lighthouses in Virginia which are featured in my children’s book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. The link to the book trailer is below.

According to there are about 680 lighthouses in the United States. The original Cape Henry lighthouse is made out of bricks. A new lighthouse was built in 1882 when the older one developed cracks and became unsafe. Continue reading “Lighthouse Craft”

Maryland Day Crabs

Maryland crabs
Maryland crabs

In addition to its oysters, Maryland is known for its blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. Help celebrate Maryland Day (March 25th) by making these fun crabs out of paper plates and pipe cleaners.

The blue crab is Maryland’s state crustacean, and its largest commercial fishery. Its scientific name is Callinectes sapidus, which means savory beautiful swimmer.

The second crab in the picture shown displays Maryland’s state flag–a fun way to show state pride.

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Springtime Baby Birds

Baby birds cuddle together
Baby birds cuddle together

Make these adorable birds and their nests using craft Poms, plastic Easter eggs and brown paper bags.

Spring is the time of year when birds are returning to their northern stomping grounds, building their nests, and settling down to lay their eggs. In honor of bird migration and new beginnings offered by springtime, I’m posting this fun craft that entails making a bird’s nest out of a brown paper bag, which then becomes the home of a new baby bird that kids will make out of craft Poms and plastic Easter eggs. Continue reading “Springtime Baby Birds”