Why does a Toucan have such a large beak?

Photo courtesy of Alex Grichenko

Photo courtesy of Alex Grichenko

Excerpt from Janis Cox’ Creative Tuesdays:

 

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:21, NIV).

The prompt from Creative Tuesdays for this week was “Twitters” – and I know Michael expects little tiny birds. But my thoughts and heart went to the colourful toucan. I couldn’t resist trying to paint him. Then I became interested in where he lives, what he eats, why he has such a large beak. So here is what I found out.

Certainly God created each part of the toucan for a purpose.

The large beak has been found to be a type of thermal radiator (it cools the toucan).

Click here to read more at Janis Cox’s blog – Creative Tuesdays

John 3:16 Marketing Network Member Writes Review of Super Simple Animal Crafts

30 Super Simple Animal Crafts to supplement children’s activity book Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation

Simple Crafts

review by Lisa Lickel

Creating 30 different species of God’s creatures out of pipe cleaners, clothespins, googly eyes, paper plates and paint was never so much fun.

Recommended to go along with the Vacation Bible School or even Sunday school Curriculum, Adam’s Animals, Kimberley Payne and Kristen Sheppard-Payne offer a fun-filled book of clear directions and pictures of easy to create animals, from Bizarre Bat to Fancy Fish using an old CD, to Handsome Horse and Wild Wolf built around a child’s footprint, a few simple supplies turns into an afternoon of fun at home or the babysitter or grandma’s house.

Batik Watercolour of Lizard by Adam’s Animals Artist

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Today is the last on my Bible Study of tiny animals that show power in incredible ways from Proverbs 30.

a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces (Proverbs 30:28, NIV).

Most commentaries say that the lizard is a gecko. Since we spend some time in Arizona during the winter, I am familiar with these little guys. They can run up the walls and even though they can be caught they can get through the tiniest of crevices. And they don’t care whether they inhabit the homes of the rich or the poor. They also catch flies and other bugs and that’s one of the reasons that Arizona is almost bug free.

Click here to read more of Janis Cox’s post on her website.

Artist of Adam’s Animals writes about the Locust

locust, beetle, caterpillar, cricket - grasshopper

What is very small with no king but has great power?

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
    yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
    yet they advance together in ranks;

They may be small without a king but locusts have great power.

To read more of Janis Cox’ post visit Sunday Stillness.

Artist paints her ant drawing from Adam’s Animals

Artist of Adam’s Animals paints the ant line-drawing she created for the children’s book

an excerpt from Sunday Stillness at He Cares for You blog …

 

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

“The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.”

 

To see the watercolour painting and read the entire post visit Janis Cox’s blog He Cares for You

Adam’s Animals (review)

Thanks to Violet Nesdoly for this thorough review of Adam’s Animals!

Violet Nesdoly

Adam's Animals - fun facts about God's CreationAdam’s Animals – fun facts about God’s Creation by Kimberley Payne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kimberley Payne has packed a lot into her 90-page children’s activity book Adam’s Animals.

The book begins with a simple explanation—this is a book about animals we’ll find in the Bible—and an invitation to get acquainted with them, as Adam did when he named them.

To help give kids categories for these many creatures, Payne includes the simplest of animal classifications, naming five families of invertebrates and four of invertebrates. She has also devised a symbol for each to help kids recognize them. For example, the symbol for “Birds” is a bird emerging from an egg, for “Mammals” a milk-filled baby bottle.

Thirty-nine two-page animal entries follow. A typical entry contains, on the first page:
– The verse in the Bible where the animal is mentioned.
– A brief explanation of what…

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Newest Review of Super Simple Animal Crafts

Simple Crafts

Newest Review of Super Simple Animal Crafts

Lisa Lickel writes a review that includes,

“Kimberley Payne and Kristen Sheppard-Payne offer a fun-filled book of clear directions and pictures of easy to create animals, from Bizarre Bat to Fancy Fish using an old CD, to Handsome Horse and Wild Wolf built around a child’s footprint, a few simple supplies turns into an afternoon of fun at home or the babysitter or grandma’s house.”

Click here to read more of her review at Amazon.