Halloween Bats

Halloween Bat
Halloween Bat

Make these fun and easy Halloween bats with plastic lids and coffee filters.

Bats are nocturnal animals preferring to spend their days in caves and rock cervices before venturing out at night for food. They like to eat mosquitos, moths, and other insects.

Follow the directions below to make these fun and easy Halloween bats!

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Playful Ponies

Playful Ponies
Playful Ponies

Make these fun and playful ponies with paper cups and straws.

Ponies are smaller than horses and can be found all over the world. Most ponies are domesticated, but some wild ponies still roam free, like the Chincoteague ponies found on the beaches of Assateague Island.

Follow the directions below to make these fun and playful ponies!

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Colorful Camels

Colorful Camels
Colorful Camels

Make these fun and colorful camels with jumbo pipe cleaners and plastic cups from store bought fruit snacks.

Camels live in the desert regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. They like to eat dates and thorny plants.

Follow the directions below to make these fun and colorful camels!

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Crafty Ghost Crabs

Crafty Ghost Crabs
Crafty Ghost Crabs

Make these fun little ghost crabs with plastic Pringles lids.

Ghost crabs can be found on warm beaches near the water’s edge. They like to burrow into the sand during the day and scurry out at night to look for food. Follow the directions below to make these adorable ghost crabs.

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Sandpiper Craft

Sandpiper Craft
Recycled Sandpipers

Make these adorable sandpipers with recycled egg cartons.

Sandpipers are shorebirds that live along beaches, estuaries, and mudflats. Did you know that sandpipers use their long beaks to poke into the sand and look for food?

Follow the directions below to make your own sandpipers.

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Holiday Sale

Happy Holidays everyone! To help celebrate the holidays, my books, A Fine Day on the Bay and Frogs Eat Spaghetti…Right? are part of the Smashwords 2022 End of Year Sale! Click on the image for 50% off.

Also, if you enjoy reviewing books and would like a free copy of A Fine Day on the Bay, it is available for FREE through BookSprout!

It has been a while since my last update. The Waterfowl Festival in November was a big success. It was a beautiful Fall day, and I enjoyed reading to children and spending time with fellow authors Lois Szymanski, Cindy Freeland, and Veronica Bartles. I also enjoyed spending time with my daughter and my niece which was great fun. In addition to selling books, we had time to walk around the festival in beautiful historic Easton. I love the old brick sidewalks and buildings, small shops, and friendly faces. If you’re ever near Easton, Maryland be sure to stop by for a visit!

Looking back on this year, it has been very productive with two new picture books and an updated edition of a chapter book. Woohoo! I’m now working on the second book in my Animals Do What? Series and the second book in the Tyler Tate Mystery Series. I will share details about my progress soon. Both are in the early planning stages.

If you are able to snag a copy of one of my books and you enjoy it, please consider leaving a review on the site where you purchased it. It means more than you know; honest reviews help authors like me to grow and reach new readers! Thank you, thank you, thank you, in advance!

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Free Stuff!

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Do you like to make crafts with your children? I find that reading stories stirs up the imagination and leads to creative energy for making something that is both hands-on and fun. Here are a few that go well with my books. Click on the images for details and instructions. Or visit my Crafts Page