Submit Your Christmas Art!

Would you like to do a Christmas countdown for 12 days? All you have to do is draw a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah picture. Take a photo of it and make sure to color. You can use string, yarn, fuzz balls, glitter, paper, and other arts and crafts materials. You can make a Santa, snowman, reindeer, menorah, or anything in between!

Take a photo and send it in to theinquisitivemom at gmail dot com. Then, I will post the pictures I receive each day on my blog. Be sure to include your first name and city.

Remember, it’s not a contest. Everyone’s art from each day will be posted each day in an art gallery. It will say the date and the day. Then it will show all of the pictures that have been sent in. Please start tonight. I will put up the post after school in the evening.

Here are a couple of examples of art projects I made today.

Cherry Nosed Santa
Cherry Nosed Santa
My brother, the super elf!
My Brother, the Elf.

You can take a photo of one of your family members and decorate it however you want, like I did in my brother the elf picture, or you can just start from scratch.

Please submit your pictures. I’m excited to see them!

How to Draw a Reindeer Step by Step

How to Draw a Reindeer Step by Step from Super Smarty Pants (video)Have you ever just wanted to make your own Christmas decorations instead of spending a lot of money on them? If you watch this video, it will tell you how to draw your own Christmas decorations.

This one shows you how to make your very own reindeer. It’s very easy to make and easy for kids. I created step by step directions and tried them on my mom. If she can draw it, anyone can (my mom told me to say that)!

You can make a reindeer nose, words, snowmen, or elves in the background. I hope you like this video. Say if it was easy or hard for you in the comments.

Welcome Back!

Hey guys, I’m back! i’m sorry it has been so long. To tell the truth, i was SO busy doing other things i forgot about posting! i’m going to send this post out right now so you know i won’t be gone one  more minute.

Spring Story Contest Junior Winner!

We had such a great time reading all of the contest entries! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your creativity with us. Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this contest possible.

We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Ava P., our Spring Story Contest Junior Winner!

Spring Story Contest Winner A Cheetah Named French Fry

A Cheetah Named French Fry
By Ava P.

One day French Fry, a cheetah, was racing in a race, and he was in last place. Then he passed a few cheetahs. He was in first place! The trophy was shiny and golden and it came with a blue ribbon. But the finish line was still 201 miles away, and all the cheetahs were tired and didn’t get any water breaks or bathroom breaks.

Then French Fry fell down and broke his leg. Then he was in last place again. Nobody helped French Fry. His mom and dad were sad. Some humans were walking past the raceway, and they called the vet. The vet came in an ambulance. She took an x-ray and looked at the leg. They had to take French Fry to an animal hospital. The vet put a cast on French Fry’s leg. Then she said French Fry couldn’t walk for a few weeks. French Fry felt sad. But his friends came and gave him gifts and cards.

A few weeks later, his leg was all healed. Then French Fry could run again! He ran another race. It was a 210-mile race. This time he won the blue ribbon and trophy. He was so happy! That day was also French Fry’s birthday. So all the cheetahs went to his home and celebrated his birthday and his victory (it was a surprise party). They all shouted, “Hooray for French Fry!” and lifted him up on their paws. They had chocolate cake with lemonade. They danced and played games, like Pin the Tail on the Cheetah. They had a cheetah piñata. French Fry felt wonderful. And everyone felt happy for French Fry.

About the Author

Spring Story Contest Junior WinnerAva is six and she loves making art projects, staying up late reading Beverly Cleary, playing with her little sisters or friends, jumping on trampolines, cracking jokes, inventing her own salad recipes, and watching Odd Squad. She is from Washington State.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find more story contest winners here.

© Photosfromafrica | Dreamstime.comCheetah Running Photo

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention! Keeley and Her Friends

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our first Spring Story Contest! Your creativity and imaginative stories delighted our judges and made selecting our winners a challenge. We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Keeley S., who won an Honorable Mention in our Spring Story Contest random drawing for her story Keeley and Her Friends!

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention

Keeley and Her Friends

by Keeley S.

Once upon a time, there was a girl and her name was Keeley. She liked to play salon. She believed that her stuffed animals would come to life. They always come to life when Keeley is out of the room. They love to play together.

One day while Keeley was playing salon next door in a different room, she heard her stuffed animals talking!

She snuck back into her room without her animals knowing. Then she said ‘hi! I didn’t know you were alive!’ Her animals said ‘Ahh! We didn’t know that you knew we were alive!’

So they went on an adventure together. She picked them up and went outside. They snuck outside without her mom knowing. They explored outside together. They found some money buried under the dirt. It was $10.15. They went to the forest and looked for a good place for a hideout. They found the perfect spot far enough away from the house because Keeley’s mom could hear from a long distance. She put her animals in the hideout. Then she told her mom about the money and brought the money to her mom. The mom said ‘let’s put this in a piggy bank.’

About the Author

Keeley is from Illinois.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find more story contest winners here.

Spring Story Contest Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our first Spring Story Contest! Your creativity and imaginative stories delighted our judges and made selecting our winners a challenge. We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

***Drum Roll Please***

Our Spring Story Contest Winners 

Junior – Ages 5 to 8 – Ava P. for A Cheetah Named French Fry. You can read her story here.

Spring Story Contest Winner A Cheetah Named French Fry

Ava has won

Senior – Ages 9 to 12 – Joseph S. for Grayclaw Saves the Day. You can read his story here.

Spring Story Contest Winner Grayclaw Saves the Day

Joseph has won

Honorable Mention Random Drawing Winner – Keeley S. for her story Keeley and her Friends. You can read her story here.

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention

Keeley has won

© Photosfromafrica | Dreamstime.comCheetah Running Photo

© Seread | Dreamstime.comWolf In Snow Photo

Spring Story Contest Senior Winner – Grayclaw Saves the Day

We had such a great time reading all of the contest entries! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your creativity with us. A special thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this contest possible.

We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Joseph S., the winner of our Spring Story Contest Senior Winner for ages 9 to 12!

Spring Story Contest Winner Grayclaw Saves the Day

Grayclaw Saves the Day
by Joseph S.

As the sun came up over the horizon near Moose Lodge, skiers woke up with a start and ran to grab their gear. Inside another room, Grayclaw was already awake. He was a long, slender wolf with gray ears and a black body. Grayclaw was on the Avalanche Rescue Team. He looked up through the window to see the mountain tips glowing yellow as the sun peeked out.

The skiers had their food and were outside getting ready to have fun. Instructors were advising people to be careful on the snowy slopes. “It snowed hard last night so you must watch your step.”

Grayclaw ate his meal and was being helped with his gear. As the skiers started off, they heard a low rumble. They didn’t bother about the noise because they thought it was some wild animals. Grayclaw jumped up because he knew what the sound was. So did the team members. They were out the door in a flash, just in time to see an avalanche come crashing down, like a sea that could swallow everything up.

Some of the skiers were engulfed by the great white ocean of snow. But most managed to escape. The team members were on the slopes in a minute. They knew that under the snow you could die in just a couple of minutes, but they could not find the skiers.

While they were looking, they heard another low rumble. They saw more snow crashing down the mountainside. Grayclaw managed to avoid it on his way up the slopes.

The rest of team thought everything was hopeless. Grayclaw had not given up. He was already on the mountainside digging up the snow. With his powerful nose he found found a place where the snow was not so deep. He dug it away with his forelegs. As the rest of team came close, they were amazed. Grayclaw had dug away the snow and found three skiers. Their faces were red and their teeth were chattering. They did not look good but they were not dead. Grayclaw had found them in time.

About the Author

Spring Story Contest Senior WinnerJoseph is a twelve-year-old homeschooler who loves to study medieval and military history. He works at a local antique shop and in his spare time enjoys building with LEGO’s and reading. His favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia and the Chronicles of Prydain. He lives in Texas.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find links to the other winning stories here.

STORY CONTEST!!! Coming Soon!

If you like competing against others in fun ways, then you’ll like our upcoming contest! My mom and I are making a cool spring story writing contest for kids ages 5 to 13 (2 age categories). You can write a story – fiction or non-fiction – about your favorite pet or animal. We already have a few awesome prizes. There will be 3 prizes, 1 for each age group story winner, and another randomly picked from all entrants. It will very fun and we have got some big prizes, like a DinoLingo DVD set and awesome books! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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Like News?

Hey! If you liked making or read the Puzzle Post ( As I like to call it ) then you’ll like this one! This is another step-by-step craft on how to make your own news!

Supplies:

1 Cardstock  White paper

2 Colored pencils

3 Stickers ( if you want )

Take paper and make a headline for your paper.It can look cool or normal.

Write about news.

put on stickers or draw picture.

give to family and friends to read!