Archives for April 2015

Bear Says Thanks

Author:  Karma Wilson
Illustrator:  Jane Chapman

Bear is lonely and bored. He misses his friends.

“I could make a big dinner!
       A feast I could share.
       But he looks through his cupboard,
       and the cupboard is bare.”

But his friends know just what to do.  Soon Mouse shows up with a huckleberry pie, the hare with a big batch of muffins, Badger with a string of fish from the old fishin’ hole and on it goes…  Each friend is most gratefully thanked by Bear, but he soon begins to “mutter and stutter and wear a big frown”,  because he has brought nothing to share.  Well, perhaps in his mind, but not in the hearts and minds of Bear’s friends.  His friends hug him tight, telling him that what he has to share is every bit as special and important as the food they have brought. Can you guess what it could be?

Even young children will understand that it’s okay for friends to have different gifts and we can say “Thanks” to each other for sharing many different things.

Mary Byrne Kline

Fireflies Presents: S is for SPRING

Fireflies Presents celebrates the imagination and creativity of what it means to be a child.


We are excited to present our newest script S is for Spring! Our script is filled with original content and illustrations to help spark your family on their creative journey.

The current script S is for Spring is available for purchase HERE.

Fireflies Presents is designed for one or more children between the ages of 3 – 8, the younger the child(ren) the more parent involvement is needed in the area of “performance” – but either way, very little preparation or practice is required. Non-readers can take center stage as easily as young readers. We kept it simple…promise!

Each Fireflies Presents has a read-along recommendation. This month’s script was inspired by Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. After enjoying this beautiful story with your family we invite you to host your very own Fireflies Presents!

Family Sing-a-Long    Away in the Manger

Fireflies Presents Puppet Theater

We have designed our unique puppet theater available for purchase for Fireflies Presents.

Inquire about ordering a Fireflies Puppet Theater HERE

OR to get started
you can throw a tablecloth across a curtain rod suspended in a door frame! Quick and easy!



Jocelyn Bartle

Springtime Lupines


Here’s an easy (and lovely) art project from the Kids Fine Lines blogpost.   Have your children create a garden of lupines with some chalk, crayons, and paint.

Kids Fine Lines Blogspot

“Tell Me a Story” Box: Miss Rumphius

Can you hear the season calling you? Spring invites us to explore the beauty around us. This wonderful time of year brings all things new. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a precious tale of a woman who wanted to make the world more beautiful. This month’s Tell Me a Story [TMAS] box is inspired by Miss Rumphius and engaging the senses of spring!


If you’re new to our TMAS box experience Click Here for an easy guide to kick off your storytelling.

Once you’ve read Miss Rumphius, start with a box…


Then add a few prompts…

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Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Seed packet
  • Flower (fresh or fake)
  • Bag of dirt
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Blue felt to represent water
  • Green felt to represent grass
  • Sun (just an ordinary circle cut out of construction paper)
  • OR you can use painted wood cut-outs of a tree, flower, sun, etc (You can find these at your local craft store for an easy TMAS prompt!)

Choose 3-5 items that will inspire your child to create a simple story. Parents, your child will love creating with you, so take a turn at the storytelling too! Keep your stories simple to set the pace for your little one. They will cherish these memories you’re making together!



Jocelyn Bartle