Free Activities for Carolyn Cutler Hughes Books

The Living Tree

  • Read the story

  • Talk about the 4 seasons listed in the book

  • Draw your favorite activity, that you like to do, during each season.

  • Talk about the type of trees you have in your area

  • Color a Free Tree Coloring Page and add leaves

  • Draw each tree in your area

  •  Count leaves on each page of the book

  • Color a Free Leaf Page, cut them out (in squares) and count the leaves

  • Color a Free Leaf Page (in different colors), cut them out (in squares) and sort the leaves by color

  • Copy and color several Free Sorting Leaves Coloring Pages, cut them out and sort by leaf type or color

  • Go outside and count leaves

  • Talk or write about how trees change during each season

  • Grow a tree – watch the tree grow during the seasons

  • Plant a tree in memory of someone

  • Talk or write how you would feel if you were this tree

  • Talk about what types of things could you do to make yourself feel better as this tree

  • Stand up like a tree and make tree poses with your body

 

Rainbow Bridge

  • Read the story

  • Talk about your pet you lost

  • Count all the pets on each page of the book

  • How many types of pets are there in the book?

  • Draw your pet

  • Draw your pet at Rainbow Bridge on the Free Rainbow Bridge Coloring Page 2

  • Color a Free Rainbow Coloring Page 1 and 2

  • Get a stuffed animal who looks like your pet, for snuggling

  • Talk or write about how you think your pet would feel at Rainbow Bridge

  • Talk or write about how you think your pet wants you to feel

  • Talk to your other pets about your pet and how they are at Rainbow Bridge

  • If you get a new pet, talk to them about your pet you lost.

Pretend to be your pet (Get down on all fours and run around happy like you are at Rainbow Bridge)                         

 

Flutterfly

  • Read the story

  • Color a Free Monarch Butterfly Coloring Page

  • Plant Milkweed, Butterfly Bush, Echinacea, Black-eyed Susan, Lantana, Bluestar, Phlox and others to create a Butterfly Garden

  • Color a Free Monarch Life Cycle Page

  • Count the butterflies on each page of the book

  • Find a Monarch Cocoon - collect the entire plant it is on if possible – bring it home and keep it watered – observe it until it hatches

  • Roll yourself up in a blanket or sheet to create a cocoon – always leave the top open for air

  • Create butterfly wings using large paper bags or material – run around the back yard flapping your wings like a butterfly

  • If there has been a passing, talk or write about how your loved one would be like the butterfly in the book

  • After coloring the Monarch Coloring Sheet (to represent your loved one), cut it out and paste it above your bed so they will always be with you

  • Plant a Butterfly Bush in memory of your loved one

Fat Kitty’s 12 Days of Christmas

  • Read the story

  • Talk or write about what you think a cat would do at your house during Christmas

  • Count each object that Fat Kitty is playing with on each page

  • Color a Free Christmas Tree Coloring Page

  • Pretend to be a kitty– find some safe objects to play with and act like a kitty – but no breaking anything

  • Color a Free Christmas Ornament Page, cut them out and match the ornaments

  • Color a Free Christmas Ornament Page, cut them into broken ornaments to make puzzles to put back together

  • Create your own kitty ornament, for your kitty to play with – take a skein of yarn and roll it around your two fingers, remove your fingers and continue to create a ball – tie to the bottom of your Christmas Tree, attaching an extra piece of yarn for your kitty to play with

  • Make another ball of yarn and tie it to something stable and safe in your house, then slowly release the ball of yarn to attach it to a second item, then continue to attaching it to several more items – after at least 5 items have been attached – reverse the process and collect the yarn by rolling the yarn back up into a ball

 

Dangley-leg-way

  • Read the story

  • Talk or write about how you think the spider, in the story, might feel

  • Draw a scary spider

  • Draw a sweet spider

  • Talk about or write the differences between a scary and a sweet spider

  • Color a Free Spider with Web Coloring Page

  • Color the Free Spider Counting Page, cut the spiders out (in squares) and count the number of spiders.

  • Color the Free Spider Counting Page, color the spiders different colors, cut them out (in squares) and sort the spiders by color.

  • Create a spider – use 1 black pom pom, 2 googly eyes, 6 pieces of yarn for the legs – glue all together

  • Make a spider web – use rope, yarn or string, 4 chairs in a circle (the more chairs, the better the spiderweb)– tie the end of the rope/string to a chair, pull string tight to a chair across from it, wrap it once, pull string to another chair until all chairs are covered – now weave the string back and forth through the  tight strings from chair to chair

 

A Butterfly Is Not an Ant

  • Read the story

  • Talk or write about the differences between a butterfly and an ant

  • Color a Free Ant Coloring Page

  • Go outside and see if you can find an ant that looks like yours: Ask yourself if they are the same color? The same size? How are they different?

  • Color a Free Karner Blue Butterfly Coloring Page  

  • Go outside and see if you can find a butterfly that looks like yours: (My book will show you the coloring of a Karner Blue Butterfly) Ask yourself if they are the same color? The same size? How are they different?

  • Talk or write about : Would you rather be a butterfly or an ant?