Mar 12

Ladybug Life Cycle

by Hannah Holt »


Weeding my strawberry patch this week, I found someone hibernating among the leaves.

ladybug hibernating


A few days later, I saw this guy getting ready to take flight.

ladybug wing1


ladybug wing2

Beautiful, aren’t they? The waking of ladybugs makes me feel spring is really here.

Did you know ladybugs have four stages to their life cycle just like butterflies? I think the ladybug looks like an alien in its larva stage. What is your favorite phase?

ladybug coloring

Click here to download the ladybug coloring page.

And just for cuteness, here’s a ladybug my daughter drew.

Elenas Drawing

Nov 06

Water Cycle Coloring Page

by Hannah Holt »

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It’s been a while since I did a coloring page, and I’ve had rain on the brain lately:

water cycle coloring page


For a pdf copy of the coloring page click here. Enjoy!

Oct 01

Patriotic Paper Dolls

by Hannah Holt »

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These patriotic paper doll are to honor the women and men serving our country. I have so much respect for those in uniform and their families–hats off to you!

I know, I know…I could have done more to explore all the branches of service (maybe someday I will), but I had to chose one for now. My choice of navy is for my neighbor.

By the way, the naval ceremonial wear for women comes in several options, both pants and skirt. In the full-color version, I display the pants and in the black-and-white version I drew the skirt. You can choose which version you like best.

I hope you enjoy!

Military Paper Dolls


For a pdf of the color version click here.

Military Paper Dollsbw


For a pdf of the coloring page click here.

Sep 04

“To Be” Sentence Puzzles

by Hannah Holt »


My five-year-old starts kindergarten tomorrow (sniff, sniff).


He’s a great kid and he’ll be fine. I, on the otherhand, turn into a bowl of melted butter just thinking about him leaving for school. He’s a joy to have around and one of my biggest helpers with these two:

Dahlia Festival Double Trouble

Like many young learners, my five-year-old is experimenting with his expanding vocabulary. English is a tricky language, and those darn irregular verbs like to trip his tongue. So I made a reference chart and a few sentence puzzles to help him remember how the “to be” verbs change around:

To be conjugation

Because the plural verbs are the most consistent, I start by having my son ask the question, “Is there more than one thing I am talking about?” If the answer is yes, then the conjugation is straightforward. If not, we try to pick out the right verb together.

Here are sentence puzzles for the past tense (click on the link for pdf):

Past tense to be

You’ll see I only made a singular and a plural sentence. You could modify this for other options (like “I” by taping a picture of your child to the puzzle piece and modifying the sentence with a permanent marker).

Here are the present tense puzzles. This is the most complicated tense, so I made two more options:




Finally we have the easiest tense of all: future tense.

Future tense to be

Lastly, these puzzles are meant to be an enjoyable activity. If your five-year-old is frustrated or things are getting “tense,” take a break. It’ll be okay. Irregular verbs are tricky. Overtime your child will master it.

Jul 11

UNICEF Paper Dolls

by Hannah Holt »


When I was a kid, I loved comic books. What’s not to like about epic battles between good and evil? Also I might have had a crush on Batman.

But then I got older and realized you don’t need a Lycra outfit or a mask to be a hero. Real heroes simply stand up for the things they believe in, and real heroes show their faces. I still have a soft spot for do-gooders.

So when I received an email from Kate Moore at UNICEF asking if I would make a UNICEF worker for my paper doll series, I jumped at her request.

UNICEF workers help children and their mothers in almost every country.

The hardest part of this project was deciding what UNICEF project to highlight.

Should I cover infant nutrition in Bolivia?

UNICEF Bolivia paper doll

Or increasing vaccination rates in Canada?

Canada paper doll

Or malaria prevention in Nigeria?

UNICEF Nigeria paper doll2

I only had 191 countries to choose from. In the end, UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box project appealed to the teacher in me. It’s an innovative solution to a wide-reaching problem. Here’s the purpose of School-in-a-Box from the UNICEF website:

School-in-a-Box is a portable way to keep kids learning… [and]… education going during times of crisis and conflict, or in the hardest to reach areas.
I love the idea of a portable school for children in need.
Here are the UNICEF worker paper dolls (pdf copies below):

UNICEF School-in-a-Box Paper Dolls Page 1 (pdf file)

Many thanks to Kate for all her help researching this project.
Note: This post is my way of saying thanks to UNICEF. If you feel like saying thanks to UNICEF, you can do so here or here.