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Sculptures in the garden!


Have you ever made a sculpture? A sculpture is something you make that has a shape; it’s not flat like a picture. It could be a tree made out of Legos, or a clay monster, or rocks piled up into a tower, or just about anything!

A few days ago, we went to see a lot of sculptures at a place called the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Every year, they have a sculpture show. Here are some of the cool things we saw… (Oh, they also have a kids’ area, too!)

I just realized that we saw a LOT of animal sculptures that day! These two buddies are masks made out of concrete and steel by the artist Forrest Greenslade from Pittsboro, NC. And here are more animal sculptures… Aren’t they cool!

There were even some creepy-looking sculptures – good for Halloween! Can you spot the faces in each of these photos?

Oh, one more sculpture… we can’t forget the fairy garden! Those are little trees made out of pine cones!


If you live in North Carolina, see if you can visit the Botanical Garden. The sculptures will be here until December 9, 2018.

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Make it and take it!

IMG_2499Have you ever tried “Make and Take”? It’s when you make something and then take it home! It’s lots of fun. We tried it a few months ago at a place in Greensboro, North Carolina, called Reconsidered Goods.



Inside, we found a store full of goodies — old toys, fabric, postcards, black-and-white photographs, yarn, buttons, and just about anything you can think of! In the “Make and Take” area, we found all kinds of crazy stuff…

Old trophies!


A peace sign made out of plastic bottle caps!


Soon, we started creating…

The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC, is another place where you can create things out of the stuff most people throw away! Is there a “make and take” place near you? Maybe you can have your own “make and take” at home, using boxes and bottle caps and whatever else you can find!

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Adventures with caterpillars!

Check out this little movie about the Monarch butterfly caterpillars that have camped out near my house! They have survived Hurricane Florence and can walk for miles!

Right now, they are all getting ready for their chrysalis stage — after a few days, they’ll turn into Monarch butterflies. I’ll try to film that stage for Part 2 of “Adventures with Caterpillars!”

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A book about otters! — from Jean Matthew Hall

Do you remember the video we posted of otters playing? Well, here is a book about otters playing – check it out!

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall Otters Love to Play written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Meilo So is a picture book about—you guessed—those adorable little clowns of water ways, otters. It was published in 2016 by Candlewick Press. The…

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