Meet Dusty



Meet Dusty Pack, the hiking, backpacking Jackrabbit. Go to Dusty's website to download and color The Rules of the Trail PDF before you hit the path. There will be more Dusty coloring pages about enjoying nature in the future. (BTW, these rules are for everyone -- not just kids.)

Thanks to Smoky Mountain Strong Camp Read Aloud for sending me this photo of their shirts with some of my free Discovery clip art on them. Smoky Mountain Strong Camp Read Aloud is a summer literacy program to help strengthen reading skills and help raise awareness in the wake of a wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that left many in the area homeless and out of work.

Make a Little Book

http://www.markix.net/fun/make_your_own_cool_little_book.html
Looking for a fun and creative activity to do with your children? How about having them make their own little storybook. Just print out the PDF and follow the easy instructions. The perfect project for that aspiring young author and/or illustrator!  Here's the link: http://www.markix.net/fun/make_your_own_cool_little_book.html

Art Mends! Studies have shown that art has the amazing ability to help heal the body and soul.

http://www.artmends.org
Being in the hospital sucks. Being a kid in the hospital during the summer really sucks! So just delivered was another trunkful of art supplies to a local hospital that, sadly, doesn't have a budget for such materials.

Visit ArtMends.org for more info.

Some Grand Coloring Pages


If you are headed to the Grand Canyon this summer look for these coloring pages (created by me as a volunteer) being handed out at the park.

May the 5th be with You?

http://www.markix.net/funstuff/index.html
Being a native Arizonan, Cinco de Mayo has always been just another excuse to get together with Hispanic friends for some tasty authentic Mexican food. But what exactly does Cinco de Mayo commemorate?  In short, it's a celebration of the vastly outnumbered Mexican army's victory in a hard-fought battle with Napoleon III’s French forces on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Napoleon III had sent an army to Mexico to collect on a Mexican debt to France. He also had plans to establish an empire in Mexico that would favor French interests. Although the victory didn’t change the outcome of the war, it did provide a boost to the army and people of Mexico and helped to unite the country.