Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mail from...Arizona

The "Mail from..." series was part of our participation in a a postcard swap hosted by Beth at Living Life Intentionally.  The idea was to send out 50 postcards of your state-one to every state in the Union-and then receive back the same.  Being a travel junkie, I thought it was an exciting way to add a little geography into this year's kindergarten lessons.  Besides, what kid doesn't LOVE to get mail?

Well, the postcards have started to trickle in.  While most of them have included fairly generic tidbits of information, my kids seem to be most fascinated with learning each state's official bird.  They get confused with senders who didn't understand that was vital information.  And because that's what they're intrigued with, I've started printing out the official state birds and attaching them to the map as we study each new postcard.

The Arizona Cactus Wren
To get us started, let's take a look at Arizona...

The postcard we received showed an enormous Saguaro Cactus.  
I adapted this cute cactus craft from one I saw at Creative Jewish Mom.

To make:
~Cut apart the square parts of a cardboard egg container 
(This part was unexpectedly messy and probably should be done by mom)
~Paint the squares.
~Send your kids outside to collect pebbles and rocks while the paint dries.
~Glue the squares into whatever shape your child thinks a cactus looks like.
~Glue the rocks onto the cardboard  (we used the side of a cereal box) 
so your landscape looks like a desert.
~Crumple tissue paper and glue to your cactus for "blossoms" 

What fun tidbits can you share with us about Arizona?


  1. I live in southern Arizona where we have cactus wren in our backyard frequently. Your kids might be interested to know that you can identify the cactus wren by sound because it sounds vaguely like a car trying unsuccessfully to turn over. Not the most romantic of bird chirps, but fun to hear nonetheless.

    Found you on MMB.

  2. We moved to AZ a year ago...
    There are a LOT of cactus... :)
    (from MMB)


It's so nice to hear your ideas! Thanks for taking the time to share.


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