Insects on a leaf

insects on a leaf

Add a few insects and bugs, lady bugs, bees, butterflies, worms, slugs, dragon flies, eggs, earwigs etc to a leaf. A great project for Earth Day after observing life close up in the garden, by a pond or in the woods.
Summer is the time for seeing large numbers of many of these in the garden, some friends like the lady bug and some pests like the earwig and slug.
How do we face the challenge of these tiny but big crop destroyers without harming our planet?

Small Pets

In memory of a well loved pet mouse called Ruffles

Make your small pet or a small furry animal such as a gerbil, mouse, rat, squirrel or hamster.  If you wish you have the option of adding a pen or toothbrush holder.

For a Squamish theme choose a small animal such as a squirrel or mouse that you may find in the forest or a pikka or porcupine that you may see at higher elevations.

This project was made in memory of a much loved hamster called Ruffles.

Ruffles
Ruffles

Eagles

Make a pair of bald headed eagles. This project can be adapted to be a different bird of choice such as a toucan, blue bird, jay or raven.

Bear

bear

Make a bear or any four legged animal.

Bear project, before firing in the kiln
Bear project, before firing in the kiln

Fish

fish

This fish project could be a specific fish such as a salmon, trout, steel head etc or fantasy fish just for fun.

Blinky the three eyed fish from the Simpsons
Blinky the three eyed fish from the Simpsons

watch the episode

Squampton wetlands

wetlands

Celebrate the Squampton wetland habitats!

Make a  wetland scene featuring two or three wetland animals of choice such as ducks, a beaver,  frog.

Ducks – wetlands

Salmon

salmon

Every year from fall to spring, salmon can be seen (and smelt) in the channels and rivers of Squamish.
They come to breed and spawn, providing food for wildlife such as bears and bald eagles, and the peoples of Squamish. Salmon have been a staple food for many generations of peoples who have come to make Squamish their home. Squamish First Nations tell stories of how the first salmon came to be. They celebrate the abundance of this rich food supply with the First Salmon Ceremony.
Mature salmon make an epic journey swimming against tides and currents back to the estuary, the river and eventually to the exact same spawning ground from where they hatched. If they lucky enough to reach this final destination, and haven’t been eaten by a bear or bald eagle on the way, they will spawn, giving life to the next generation of salmon in the full circle of life.

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Wise Men

Wise Man

Learn how to make one of these very distinguished visitors, ‘Magi’ or Wise Men, from the East who came to visit Jesus after his birth, according to the Gospel of Matthew and Christian Tradition.
We will show you the general method for making figures with wide skirts. Add a very distinguished crown or hat, and a gift for a King.
A great project for painting and it can be adapted to be a shepherd, Mary, Joseph, an Angel or even a fairy for the Christmas Tree.

Mushrooms

mushroom

October is a great time of year for observing mushrooms in and around Squamish.

Unless you are a slug reading this, these colourful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Toadstools (Fly Agaric) with their popcorn like warts are harmful to eat! Continue reading “Mushrooms”

Frog

frog

Frogs can be seen around Squamish at anytime of year but they are particularly noticeable during the spring when their voices can be heard, loud and clear throughout the Squamish wetlands especially during the night.

For a fantasy frog add a crown and make a  Frog Prince.  Watch the movie, read or listen to the story.

Find out more about frogs in Squamish

Continue reading “Frog”