Sunday, 23 April 2017

Gecko Feet - how do they stick?

In "Whose Feet are These?" I wrote about geckos having 'sticky' feet, which seemed a good way to describe gecko feet for young children. But how exactly are geckos' feet sticky? Here's a photo of the foot of a common or raukawa gecko, doesn't it look amazing!

Raukawa Gecko foot - each gecko species has
a different footprint

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Make a Gecko with Sticky Feet

Did you know that geckos have 'sticky' feet? They can even walk upside down on ceilings or up a pane of glass! Children at Porirua, Cannons Creek and Whitby Libraries had a go at making their own geckos with sticky feet yesterday as part of my author tour.
A brightly coloured gecko with googly eyes

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Read Around the World - and learn a bit about New Zealand too

I'm looking forward to being the special guest at the Porirua Library's school holiday event. On April 19 I'll be visiting 3 of the branches to read from my books and have some fun making crafts. I'll be sharing "Whose Beak is This?" and "Whose Feet are These?" and making sticky-footed geckos and kiwi book corners.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Make a Kaka Mask - beaky fun

Kākā play a role in my book 'Whose Beak is This?' illustrated by Fraser Williamson. To celebrate its publication Fraser created a super kākā mask. Print it out on A3 paper to fit a child's face. See the instructions below.

These children added feathers to their masks
at Storylines in Dunedin in 2016