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!

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.


Enter Our Spring Story Contest for Kids!

Spring Story Writing Contest for Kids

Hey, do you like to write? Then, enter this writing contest I am putting on with my mom! Be sure to leave me a comment telling me you participated!

Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom are welcoming in Spring with a Writing Contest for Kids! If you are between the ages of 5 and 12, you are invited to submit a story starring your favorite animal or pet in our Spring Story Contest for Kids. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction and should be 350 words or less. You can have a parent help type out your story, but the writing should be your own work.

We will have two writing contests, divided by age. Each contest will have one winner. The winners will receive an awesome prize from our sponsors and have their stories published on our blogs. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we also have a third prize. Everyone who submits a story is eligible to enter for the third prize and we’ll draw a random winner at the end of the contest! The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Junior Story Contest (Ages 5 to 8)

Prize Includes

Senior Story Contest (Ages 9 to 12)

Prize Includes

Random Drawing Prize

To Enter the Writing Contest, Submit your story using the form below. Don’t forget to enter for the third prize using the Giveaway Tools form as well! You’ll need a parent or guardian to help you enter using their email address and Facebook account.

Disclosure: We did not receive products or monetary compensation for this post. Each entry will be assigned a number and judged anonymously. Giveaway open to US and Canadian Residents 5 to 12 who enter a story into the Spring Story Contest. Winner will be verified using random.org and notified via email. If no response is received in 48 hours, a new winner will be selected. Sponsors are responsible for prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited. Each entrant is only eligible to win 1 prize for the Spring Story Contest. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Full Contest Rules available 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.


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!


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!

How to Make a Puzzle

Hey, do you like making home-made projects with someone else or by yourself? This is a step-by-step plan of  how to make your own puzzle!How to Make a Puzzle Super Smarty Pants Blog


  • 1 piece of card stock or piece of cardboard.
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Optional: Coloring page and glue.
  • Your imagination!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Draw a Picture. Use a pencil to draw the outline of the picture you want. You could also glue on a coloring page from a coloring book.How to Make a Puzzle Step 1
  2. Color in the Picture. Use markers to fill in your picture. It’s okay to color in details and put stickers on.How to Make a Puzzle Step 2
  3. Take a Picture of Your Puzzle so you can make sure you know how to put it together when its puzzle time.How to Make a Puzzle Step 3
  4. Draw the Puzzle Pieces. Don’t make too many pieces and remember to make sure your picture doesn’t have any blank pieces.How to Make a Puzzle Step 4
  5. Cut the Puzzle Pieces. You might want to ask a parent to do this part because you need to be careful with the scissors and sometimes it’s hard to cut the puzzle pieces evenly.How to Make a Puzzle Step 5 Again
  6. Put Together Your Puzzle and See if it Works!How to Make a Puzzle Step 6

Did you like this project? If you tried it out, post pictures of your puzzle, so I can see it! Ours was an Easter puzzle, but you can make it any holiday or imagined picture you want.

They Poke You and They Joke You – That’s What They’re For!


They Poke You and THey Joke You

Get ready for a laughing marathon! I’ve got a lot of my best jokes – well, all of them – to tell you!

The first one goes like this:

Q: What did the shoes say to the brain?

A: The shoe says I run marathons, but why do you think mathathons?


Q: What do you call a hamster who jumps up behind you and steals food?

A: Very squeaky! (instead of sneaky)


Q: What’s the difference between roast beef and pea soup?

A: You can roast beef, but you can’t pee soup.


Q: What does a cat call a person, place, or thing?

A: A Me-oun.


Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: To get some egg-nog!


Q: Why didn’t the decimal sit by the number on the plane?

A: Because there was no point in doing it.


Q: What did the skeleton say to his smelly socks?

A: You make me a smelleton!

What’s your favorite joke? Comment and it’ll make my day!

PS My dad makes the worst jokes – like this one!

Q: What is brown and sticky?

A: A stick.


I forgot to put this joke on the list:

Q: What do you call a pig with no arms, legs, tail, or head?

A: Bacon

Created by Super Smarty Pants. Transcribed by Mom.

New Year Reveals Funny Faces & More!

Sometimes a new year isn’t just a new year. It’s a time when you watch the funny revealments of last year! One of the best ways to get your spirits up is making a video of the funny pictures from last year and adding some “get yourself up” music to it!

*Created by Super Smarty Pants. Transcribed by Mom.