Together Time Game: Creepy Crawly Card Games; Monday, September 14, 2009

Friends: The other day, I posted a blog letting you know that Marita Gentry (Illustrator of The Cajun Cornbread Boy) and I have created some very cool cards to accompany our newest children’s picture book, and Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach. We created playing cards based on the characters in the book for children to […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children, Dianne de Las Casas, Games, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Stories on Board Educator Workshop at Audubon Elementary – Monday, November 3, 2008

Friends: On Monday, I presented a professional development workshop at Audubon Elementary for the teachers. I forgot my digital camera but was able to take a few pictures with my phone camera. I presented, “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” I showed the teachers my method of turning folktales into board games […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, math, Reading, Stories, writing
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Eliana’s Spookover – Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friends: Saturday was a blast! The night of my 8 year old daughter, Eliana’s Spookover, finally arrived! Eliana was ready for some swashbuckling fun. Argh, matey! We worked all day cleaning, decorating, and cooking. I set up my spooky backdrop and decorated the table full of frightening food – bloody pigs in a blanket, petrifying […] Read More

Categories: Children, Cooking, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, food, Games, Halloween, Kids, Party, Stories, Storytelling
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Craft: Ghoulish Guessing Game

Ghoulish Guessing Game Supplies: 3X5 index cards Glue Clip art of Halloween monsters Safety Pins Directions: This is a fun guessing game, especially for a party or program. Print out clip art of different Halloween creatures (mummy, witch, vampire, bat, jack-o-lantern, ghost, Frankenstein, black cat, scarecrow, skeleton, etc.) and glue to a 3X5 […] Read More

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Jump, Jiggle & Jam! Friday, April 11, 2008

Friends: Today, I performed my “Jump, Jiggle & Jam” program for a PK-5 elementary school in the Metro New Orleans area. I had so much fun with the students. I saw about 600 students in two assembly performances in the gym. The show is a rousing and energetic performance of favorite folktales “remixed with rhythm, […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Folktales, Games, Kids, Kids SHow, Language Arts, Literacy, Performance, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 8; Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friends: Today was my eighth day doing my Stories on Board Residency at a school in the Metro New Orleans, Louisiana area. Every day this week, the library has been hosting the Scholastic Bookfair. Of course, I can never get away from a book fair without spending any money. There was no shortage of top-notch […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 7; Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 7 of my Stories on Board residency. Wow – what a great day! The work that was created today was absolutely amazing. My day began with 50 first graders in one room. Because my first grade class was canceled yesterday, we combined two classes. Though it was crowded, both classes really […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 5; Monday, April 7, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 5 of my Stories on Board Residency. For the lower grades (K-2), I told the story of “The Littlte Red Hen Makes a Pizza” and sang my original song, “Pizza Party.” Then the students played the game I created based on the story of “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, arts education, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Weekend Work & Play; Sunday, April 6, 2008

Friends: They say that “All work and no play makes Dianne a dull girl.” So Dianne took some time out to have a little fun. I went to a Hornets basketball game with Antonio, my husband. We had so much fun (yes, the Hornets won!) rocking out to music, cheering on the players, and participating […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, arts education, Author, board games, Children, Folktales, Games, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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Stories on Board Residency: Day 4; April 3, 2008

Friends: Today was Day 4 of my “Stories on Board Residency.” I had so much fun today. My first class was first grade. They had a blast. Here is a picture of some first grade boys playing “Gingerbread Jam.” It was wonderful to witness the teamwork and camaraderie between the students. First grade set the […] Read More

Categories: Art, Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, board games, Children, Folklore, Folktales, Games, Kids, Language Arts, Literacy, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist
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