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CILLYart4Us KIDS KORNER – September 2017

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What happened? August has disappeared and September is here again! If school has not yet started where you live (especially in the northern hemisphere), classes for the 2017-1028 school year should begin soon! September is not only a month for back-to-school, but it is also the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn season. Here comes the harvesting of apples, pears, pumpkins…and a whole lot more of fall fun!

We apologize for putting in the September KIDS KORNER a few days early, but with a family memorial service and two other important family events out of town for the next 3 weeks, we just wanted to make sure you had access to the new KIDS KORNER fun when September began!



KIDS KORNER Book Reviews for September 2017

READING FOCUS:  I picked up several children’s books to read and review for you at the Payson Arizona Author’s Book Fair in July 2017. I had the opportunity to get in some reading while my family prepped for and made the trek up to Archer, Idaho to experience the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017! I just finished two of these books to share with you this month!


LEO LEARNS to SWIM by Caren Cantrell

This charming, short storybook on a hatchling sea turtle has an important message for all. Leo realizes that one of his fins is stubby and when he tries to keep up with the other hatchlings, he fails. However, with encouragement and effort, Leo succeeds in the end!

None of us are born perfect and we all have big challenges to face in each of our lives. Yet, if we do not give up and just keep trying, learning and practicing…we can be successful in many of our endeavors and help others along the way too! Thanks for sharing this life lesson in such a delightful way for children, families and others to absorb through reading!


BOBBY and the GOLDEN CROWN by authors, Mitchell Bolnick and Ella Mavis

Being a third generation Arizona native, I was intrigued by of the story of young Bobby finding an unusual artifact in the unique red rock of Sedona, AZ at an Arizona Author’s book fair held in Payson, AZ. I picked it up to read, hoping to share this unusual adventure with my grandchildren and other young readers.

Due to the confusing initial storyline, the annoying, constant bickering of the children, and some editing errors…I almost gave up on this book. Yet, the mystical adventure of a different sort in Sedona’s adventure-land of energy vortexes, UFO’s, extra-spiritualism amidst its stunningly beautiful, rare landscape was intriguing…and I love an intriguing, clean, fun fantasy! Though the book appears to be a children’s book, I feel it would be too confusing for most young readers of children’s chapter books and mid-grade novels. However, as a young adult novel, this book has merit and an intriguing cliff-hanger! So, yes! I’m looking forward to reading a book 2 to find out the rest of the story!

Young Bobby, while on a hike on Bell Rock in Sedona with his family, finds golden crown and wants to claim it as a souvenir and his personal treasure. His parents look it over, determine that it is extremely odd, and do not allow Bobby to keep it. Yet for years, Bobby yearns to return to Bell Rock to reclaim it as his own and finally sneaks away to do just that in high school. After a rigorous climb searching for his childhood treasure, he discovers it once again. Feeling triumphant in his goal, he places the crown upon his head and is transported into another realm. A stream of escapades beyond his imagination follow. This modern fantasy is a puzzling tale in which Bobby learns about what is truly important in life.


KIDS KORNER TTofMB ad...July 2017

The latest news on my TWIN TAILS children’s books series relaunch of books one and two is that TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (book one, officially republished in June 2017) and TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren (book two’s republication is in process) is still pending. We are getting closer to our goal, but we are not there quite yet at the beginning of September! However, check back to my website ( or check our social media at CILLYart4U or TWIN TAILS by CILLYart4U facebook pages, CILLYart4U page, or CILLYart4U on  In the meantime, check out the cover of our TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach The Coloring Book below!

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Please be patient with us and stay tuned to hear the details about opportunities to win MER-fun prizes for children in your lives with participating in these upcoming Relaunching events of TWIN TAILS Books One & Two in Giveaways and Contests!

TWIN TAILS Books One & Two...on plain white background



FUN FOCUS:  Here is a fun fall activity with apples by Asia Citro…what can you create using apple chunks and flat-edged toothpicks?

BUILDING with APPLES by Asia Citro

Check out  this fall fun activity at:

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Asia Citro says: Am I the only one who finds building with marshmallows kind of grossly sticky?  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love sneaking them as I build – but I find the stickiness soooo distracting.  And kinda yucky.  So I was super excited when I saw The Artful Parent’s post on Grape + Toothpick Sculptures – brilliant solution!  And bonus – I didn’t care how many my kid ate as we went.  We’ve had lots of fun building with grapes, but I thought I’d put our own spin on it and build with apples in honor of fall!

The set up is much as you’d expect.  Cut apples into small pieces.  Provide flat toothpicks (those pointed toothpicks are SO sharp!!!).  Build whatever your heart desires!  

You’re never too old for this one – so my husband and I joined in on the building fun.  I built an apple house.  I’m seriously proud of it…Then I felt like my house was kind of lonely.  So I built an apple man to live there.

Thank you, Asia Citro for sharing the above, wonderful autumn fun activity!


NOW…for a tasty apple activity that the whole family can help with…and enjoy:

Autumn APPLE Chips...SEPT 2017

If you would like to mix it up you can use different types of apples, fuji, granny smith, red delicious, gala and so on. It’s a great idea to mix in the sweetest with the tartest apples to achieve flavor Nirvana. 

Apple Chips Recipe

–4 Apples (any kind you want) sliced thinly, about 1/6″ thickness. 

–Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 

–Arrange apple sizes in a  single layer on a sheet pan fitted with parchment paper.  Remove any remaining seeds from the slices (that was my daughter’s job).  For each Apple I got about 20 slices, so one sheet pan per apple. This can vary depending on the apple size or the thickness of your chips. You have no idea how they will shrink during cooking.

Autumn APPLE Chips...thinly sliced...SEPT 2017

–Sprinkle Stevia, sugar or any other natural sweetener. I used 2 packets of Stevia per 80 slices of apples. 

–Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples (optional). You can also add in any spice you’d like. Next time I make them I would love to try the apple pie seasoning or maybe a spicy one like chili or cayenne pepper.

Autumn APPLE Chips...time to munch! SEPT 2017

–Bake in the oven for 90 minutes. After that time flip them and bake for one more hour. Turn oven off and  leave them inside for a few hours or overnight. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DURING THIS TIME.. Resist your peeking!. I know it’s hard but it’s worth it. Then it will be time to munch and you will not believe how crunchy they will be!

A super thank you to Tiffany Bendayan, the author of this recipe…and to for sharing this online for us to enjoy!



CREATIVE FOCUS:  This apple stamping craft would also be a great fall art project to do with your kids that could turn into a favorite fall decoration.

APPLE Stamping Craft! SEPT 2017

Apple Stamping Craft

  • brown construction paper
  • white construction paper
  • white glue or glue stick
  • scissors
  • green paint
  • red paint
  • 2 foam brushes
  • 2 paper plates
  • 2 apples, cut in half
  • apple seeds, reserved from cut apples
  • markers (optional)

APPLE Stamping Craft...materials & basket creation - SEPT 2017


1. Use scissors to cut a piece of construction paper in half.

2. Cut one half sheet of paper into long strips. Cut one half sheet of paper into short strips.
Lay one long strip on a flat surface and place the short strips in the opposite direction, overlapping and gluing the pieces together.
3. Use long strips to weave the basket and glue the ends.
4. Finish the basket with one long piece of paper, on the top and secure with glue. Trim the sides of the basket and round the corners on the bottom of the basket.
5. Place paint on paper plates. Use foam brushes to apply paint to sliced apples and stamp them onto white construction paper. Let dry.
6. When dry, use glue to add the basket to the paper and the seeds to the apple.
APPLE Stamping Craft...stamping away - SEPT 2017
Another heartfelt thank you to  for this clever, fall fun apple arts & craft project idea…one for young, old and inbetweens to enjoy creating!


Now…keep reading below to find out how to enjoy our CILLYart4U Original Coloring Pages for SEPTEMBER 2017!

9-2017 (SEPT) - Found a bobbed apple for the MER-teacher...LG copyright

An APPLE for the MER-teacher!


9-2017 (SEPT) Moonlight MER-bathing...LG copyright

End-of-Summer MER-moonlight bathing!

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You will be included in our email list and receive the current month’s coloring page and each new month, more coloring fun to print out without the large copyright lable to enjoy coloring for the children, family and with your friends too. Many are CILLYart@CILLYart4U originals!

PLEASE NOTE: These coloring pages are copyrighted. You have permission to print out what you need for the coloring enjoyment of your immediate family. If other family & friends would like permission to copy & color for their families or classroom of students, please invite them to sign up with their email at the above contact CILLYart4U link. Thank you!

Have fun preparing for the fun of autumn/fall this SEPTEMBER! Until next time…



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Enjoy our fun TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at: v=AVlaW6sfhaI v=LCRj9BIbPVk


…& enjoy the sneak peek of our TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren (Book Two) trailer at: