Desert Dwellers Flash Cards Barnes & Noble
On Saturday morning Moms, Dads, and their adorable kids came to Barnes & Noble to spend time learning about desert animals! We started with interactive games using Desert Dwellers Flash Cards Barnes & Noble.
A kid would pick a colorful card and we all act or sound like the animal. This is a perfect game even for younger children who may not know how to read yet. Then we would choose two cards and compare the animals.
What were the similarities and what were the differences? I was very impressed with the children’s Desert Dwellers knowledge!
Then Joan Cass talked to us about how Tucson Wildlife Center helps a variety of our desert animals. She was holding Bubba, a striking great-horned owl who was injured as a baby. The kids were mesmerized by his large eyes and beauty.
We also talked about my visit to the center with one of my interns, Audra. While I was there I took photographs of the animals and learned about their stories.
This white pelican was relaxing at Tucson Wildlife Center when we visited. I think he was released the following day – so it was a real treat to see him in person! They originally had found him with hooks in his wing and tangled up in fishing line. They removed them and had to wait to find out where a flock had migrated to, so they could release him.
Some desert animals like Lightning, must live at Tucson Wildlife Center. He was found in 2006 and was almost dead. While we were watching him, we were lucky enough to see him chow down on a mouse. (Kind of graphic – so I didn’t include that action shot)
Then I revealed the original painting I was donating to Tucson Wildlife Center for their Annual Fundraiser, One Wild Night. No one knew what I was going to paint and it was excited for me to share this surprise with this wonderful group of families.
After the presentation the families were invited to make crafts. One was an owl puppet which turned out really cute. Here’s the directions!
The younger kids also loved coloring some of the Desert Dwellers Coloring Pages!
I met some new families including Rachael & Jolene, who found out about the event through East Tucson Macaroni Kid!
Thanks to everyone who came – including some of my close friends and also new families I hadn’t met before!
Kindle’s daughters made exceptionally cute owl puppets and really knew a lot of desert dwellers facts!
Barnes & Noble Eastside was very pleased and we will be planning more events for this year! Ryan, a photographer from Arizona Daily Star came and took photos throughout the event! Please check the paper on Sunday Jan 18th!
My next event will be Jan 24th at 11:30am at the Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall! This is a perfect venue for Oro Valley Moms and Dads to come to!
We’ll be playing more Desert Dwellers games and my family band, The Nap Skippers, will be rocking the bookstore!