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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Apple Art for Johnny Appleseed Day

    If your child hasn't met Johnny Appleseed yet, you probably don't live in the Midwest. (Kids in the Midwest learn about Johnny Appleseed in grade school.) In honor of his holiday, we'd like to share some of our apple art with you. We also have some interesting facts about Johnny Appleseed:

    Who was Johnny Appleseed?

    He was a nurseryman. That's a person who works planting or harvesting trees. His real name was John Chapman.

    When was he born?

    Johnny Appleseed was born on September 26, 1774, meaning that his holiday is on the anniversary of his birth.

    What did Johnny Appleseed do?

    He is known for planting apple trees. At the time he lived, "the West" was anything west of Pennsylvania. Johnny Appleseed went West, planting apple trees and preaching in states like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. He was known to be a very humble man, and didn't take money for preaching or for planting.

    How can we celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day?

    That's easy: eat an apple! Also, we recommend celebrating by checking out our apple art. It's an ideal way to keep Johnny's spirit alive all year!

  • Pirate Art for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

     

    Ahoy, Mateys!

    September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This storied holiday was first celebrated in 1995 by pals John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy). In the twenty years since then, this in-joke among friends has turned into a day of parties and dressing up all around the country.

    In honor of this pirate-themed holiday, we are highlighting some of our favorite Pirate Art, along with a glossary that will help you and your kids talk like a pirate:

    Avast!

    This means stop what you're doing and pay attention (something that parents of toddlers find themselves repeating all day long)!

    Grog

    This is what pirates drink. Technically, it's rum diluted with water, but juice boxes work just as well.

    Lubber

    This is a person who stays on land. Or it might be the person who stays on the living-room floor while the rest of the family is aboard the pirate ship, er, couch.

    Check out our Pirate Art for more ideas, like Jessica Flick's Ahoy On the Open Seas, which labels the parts of a pirate ship, or follow Donna Ingemanson's Secret Treasure Map, which leads you right to the booty (that's pirate-speak for treasure!).

    Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys!

     

  • Grandparents Day is Here!

    Grandparents Day is this Sunday!

    It's observed the first Sunday after Labor Day and it's a terrific time to celebrate some of the most important people in our kids' lives (whether they're actual family members or older, beloved friends and neighbors). Here are some fun ways to celebrate Grandparents Day:

    Send Some Flowers: Pick them, draw them, have them delivered: Forget-me-Nots are the official flower of Grandparents Day. (Check out our floral art here!)

    Cook Up Some Memories: What is Grandma's favorite meal? What kind of cookies does Grandpa like best? Invite them into the kitchen and cook them together. Or recreate a favorite recipe they used to love when they were kids.

    Sing a Happy Song: What songs were popular when Nana and Pop-Pop were little? When they were teenagers? Create a CD of their old favorites, and throw in a few of your favorite songs for them to enjoy!

    Reach Out: Contact your Grandparents, either by phone, Skype, or in person. The most important way to celebrate is to let them know you love them!

  • Labor Day, Hip-Hooray!

    Happy Labor Day to All!

    Labor Day can be a bit confusing to kids. First of all, what's labor mean? It's not an everyday word anymore. Second, why does a day about work mean a day off from school? Here are some interesting facts about the day that you can share with your kids on their school-free Monday.

    What is Labor?

    Labor, as most adults (and all moms!) know, means work. Hard work.

    What exactly does Labor Day celebrate?

    It is a national holiday that celebrates workers. The United States Department of Labor explains that the holiday is a "yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

    When is Labor Day?

    It's always the first Monday in September.

    Who invented Labor Day?

    That's an interesting question! Some people think it was a man named Peter J. McGuire, who was a carpenter, first suggested the holiday. Other people think it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist from New Jersey, who first proposed the idea. Either way, Congress made it a national holiday in 1894.

    Why do so many people still have to work on Labor Day?

    Labor Day is a national holiday, which means that many governmental workers (mail carriers, for example) get the day off. All other businesses get to decide for themselves whether or not to remain open on Labor Day.

    Now that you know all about Labor Day, come on over to the Oopsy Daisy site and take a look at our fine art for kids' rooms.

    In honor of the holiday, you can save 15% off your order through September 8!

     

  • Outer Space Art is Out of This World!

    We love outer space art.

    What a terrific way to expand kids' imagination--literally! So we were thrilled to learn that August 29 is the 50th Anniversary of the Gemini V Flight.

    Gemini V was a space flight manned by L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. The flight lasted 8 days (actually, 7 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes, 14 seconds!), the amount of time it would take to fly to, land on, and return from the Moon.

    While this flight might not be as famous as some other outer space adventures, this test-run helped scientists gather a lot of information that would eventually help get the first men on the Moon.

    So, join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking space flight. We've assembled a few examples of our outer space art here, and we've got lots more on our site (including outer-space themed night lights - what better way to light your little one's path to the window so she can gaze out at the moon?).

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