The Back Yard News, Vol 1, No. 2
In arts & entertainment...
"Making an Angel Crown" by Sonia.
So, first you have to take forsythia* branches, and then you twist them around each other, so they're like a big loop. Then you take some string and two hydrangea flowers and you tie the flowers on with string. Now it's an angel crown.
*it can be made from willow branches too
"One Rabbit Hole, One Baseball, and One Big Idea" by Sara.
My family and I were playing baseball in Grandma and Grandpa's back yard. The ball landed near a hole. Sonia tried to pick it up with her mitt, but it was hard to do, and she accidentally knocked it into the hole. We could hardly see the ball in the bottom of the hole, and it was too deep to get it.
We tried grill tongs. We thought to try a rake handle. We tried a double set of grill tongs, but couldn't close them around the ball. So we gave up and went back to play with the other ball.
Suddenly, Daddy got an idea. But we couldn't test his idea in the rabbit hole. We tested it in the basement. And it worked.
So we came out with the big wet-dry vaccum and put the hose in the hole. "Whhsssshhhhhh....!!" We pulled out the hose, and there on the end was the ball. Like a pink and white clown nose on the end of an elephant trunk.
Good thing that no rabbit was having tea down there!
On the menu...
"Raspberry Violet Burrito" by Sonia.
You take a violet leaf and then you take a raspberry. You put the raspberry on top of the violet leaf. Then you wrap the violet leaf around the raspberry and you eat it. Then you have a wild snack.
In the garden...
"Weed War" by Michaela D.
The D's are waging war against the weeds. Mrs. D says if we do a bit every day, by the end of the summer there won't be one left. So, keep pulling.