So my daughter bought an axolotl. Her name is Elvira – the amphibian, not the kid. She’s jet-black and looks like the sea creature version of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.
At first, I was uneasy about this addition to the Randazzo clan. I mean, she’s so very slimy and requires her room to stay at a chilly 60 degrees. But over time, my heart’s warmed to this cold-blooded creature and she’s taught me that I could use a little more whimsy in my life.
With her arrival, I entered an axolotl research wormhole. (Fun fact: Axolotls eat blood worms and, yes, you can buy a deli carton full of them at your local pet shop. It is as gross as it sounds.) Since I haven’t yet learned how to shut off my (retired?) teacher brain, I turned my new obsession into classroom tools because that, apparently, is what I do now.
First, a bulletin board because I know we all appreciate a good pun:
(Need more puns? Of course you do. Click here for a free set of 101 teen-friendly tearable puns.)
Next, a set of mandala coloring sheets featuring – you guessed it – an axolotl:
Do these classroom materials have academic rigor? No. Are they standards-aligned? Nope. Did it make me happy to build them? Yes.
Maybe they’ll bring a bit of whimsy to your world, too? Teach on, my friend.
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4 thoughts on “Very Necessary Brain Break”
Hey! You’ve got to admit he’s cute! 🙂
Agree! Cuteness overload. 😀
Thank for these! They were just perfect for keeping the students busy, happy, and quiet when they finished their state testing early.
This makes me so happy to hear, Laura. Success! 🙂