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Ready for a craft that’s perfect for summer? This activity teaches you how to create a paper mobile using templates inspired by A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. Turn your house into an aquarium by hanging these mobiles above your bed or in a window! You can adapt this project for all ages. Youngsters can color the sea creatures with crayons and an adult can assemble, or older kids can modify the activity to include sea creatures of their own design. Have fun as you travel to the bottom of the sea!


Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Image via farhanazam015

When I signed up to take Tropical Ecology as an undergraduate at Loyola University New Orleans, I had no idea that the final exam would be a two-week trip to Belize. Imagine my surprise on the first day of class as my professor, Dr. Bob, explained that we’d be spending time at a jaguar sanctuary, in a modern Mayan village and on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean to learn first-hand about the flora and fauna of the tropics. I packed up my dad’s old yellow hiking backpack with sunscreen and bathing suits and got ready to explore Belize.


When I first got into publishing, I had some quite inaccurate ideas about what editors do. I was sure that being an editor meant always having your red pen in hand, reading manuscripts and cogitating about literature all day. I do read a lot of manuscripts and I am never far from a red pen. But making a Barefoot Books singalong song also includes a lot of tasks that red pens can’t help with, including:


If you download our Singalongs from Youtube, you will already know that the most popular one is Driving My Tractor, written and composed by Jan Dobbins. Farms may be far away from the everyday lives of many of us, but they retain a considerable allure for small children. I grew up in rural Yorkshire, with calves and sheep, chickens and piglets among my playmates, so I feel a certain nostalgic delight about this project, as well as a debt of gratitude to author and composer Jan Dobbins for having conjured up another compelling tune. I was dismayed last summer to read in the Daily Mail that most teenagers have no idea where butter comes from. As for bacon – a third don’t know it has anything to do with pigs and 3 percent think it comes from cows. You won’t be surprised to hear that many don’t know where eggs or milk come from either.