by Jeanne Birdsall
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Oh, the joys of having a little brother! In Flora's Very Windy Day the first picture book from The Penderwicks author Jeanne Birdsall, Flora has just about had enough of being a big sister after Crispin spills her paints. When the pair are sent outside, the wind might present the perfect opportunity to blow Crispin away, until the last moment when Flora joins him on a rather windy adventure. Kids will love following Flora and Crispin as the wind blows them on a high-flying adventure where they meet a dragonfly, an eagle, a friendly rainbow, the man in the moon and more before the wind agree to help them. Will Flora blow back home without Crispin, or maybe just realize how important big sisters are for their little brothers?
In this Issue
Invite your young reader to blow like the wind and have a unique painting experience! Young readers can harness their breath to blow a paint-coated cork across paper, mixing colors and creating random patterns similar to action art. While we used a cork to create our painting, you can use anything that is light enough to roll: a Ping Pong Ball, and plastic bottle cap, even a plastic Easter egg!
Windy Day Painting
- Shallow box
- Paper to fit in the bottom of the box
- Paper plate
- Paper towel tube
- Lay the sheet of paper in the bottom of the box.
- Place a small amount of each paint color on the paper plate. Lightly dip a long side of the cork in the paint; make sure there is not too much paint or the cork will stick to the paper and not roll.
- Lay the paint-dipped cork on one end of the paper. Use the paper towel tube to blow the cork across the paper. Repeat as desired!
2 Simple Wind Science Activities from Stir the Wonder
We had no choice: there was no other recipe to make this week than chocolate chip cookies. And while it is difficult to ever improve on traditional chocolate chip cookies, we attempted to put a bit of a healthier twist on this classic favorite by making them 100% whole grain (and gluten free) and adding a touch of almond butter. You can also use chocolate chips with a higher cocoa content for an extra health benefit. Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect anecdote to day when nothing seems quite right!
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, divided
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.
- Place 1 cup of the oats in a food processor and process for 30 seconds.
- Cream together the butter, sugars, almond butter, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined.
- Add the ground and whole oats. Stir in in the chocolate chips.
- Place rounded tablespoons of dough on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until set and lightly golden brown around the edges.
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