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Salvation Army Day

doodles-ave-salvation-armyOn March 10, 1880, Commissioner George Scott Raiton and seven women officers knelt on the dockside at Battery Park in New York City to give thanks for their safe arrival. At their first official street meeting, these pioneers were met with unfriendly actions, as had happened in Great Britain. They were ridiculed, arrested, and attacked. Several officers and soldiers even gave their lives.Three years later, Railton and other Salvationists had expanded their operation into California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. President Grover Cleveland received a delegation of Salvation Army officers in 1886 and gave the organization a warm personal endorsement. This was the first recognition from the White House and would be followed by similar receptions from succeeding presidents.

Happy Birthday Salvation Army and thanks for all you do!

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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

doodles-ave-abraham-lincolnToday February 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. We honor him for his strong character, leadership, and honesty, which is how he earned the nickname Honest Abe. During his presidency, he issued the Emancipation
Proclamation, which began the process of freeing America’s slaves, and fought to keep the nation from dividing after the Civil War.

This coloring sheet is a complimentary page  from Doodles Government Coloring Fun, one of our three 2016 books that will be released April 1st.

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Doodles Ave New Arrivals


In 2014, several parents reached out to me and openly shared their children’s learning experiences. Because of those stories and, I created these 6 new titles. It is my intent to uplift, encourage, and brighten children’s learning experiences.

Click here to see previews or the purchase these books

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Happy Birthday….Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela turns 94! The world along with South Africa celebrates the birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994
to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Two of my favorite quotes by Mr. Mandela:
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Nelson Mandela
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

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Vintage Toys: Cup and Ball Game

Cup and Ball is a historical toy. 

The cup-and-ball has its origins in Mexico in the sixteenth century. The game was loved by King Henry III of France. This frivolous monarch was often seen playing in public. After his death, the game went out of fashion. For 100 years the game was only remembered by a small number of enthusiasts such as the Marquis de Biévre.

The game had its golden age during the reign of Louis XV — among the upper classes people owned baleros made of ivory. Actors also sometimes appeared with them in scenes. The game was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 (or ball in a cup) is a traditional children’s toy, consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball which is attached to a string, which is attached to the cup. It is popular in Spanish-speaking countries, where it is called “boliche“. The name varies across many countries — in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico it is called “balero”; in Spain it is “boliche”; in Brazil it is called “bilboquê”; in Chile it is “boliche” or “emboque”; in Colombia it is called “coca” or “ticayo”; and in Venezuela the game is called “perinola”. A variant game, Kendama, known in English as Ring and Pin, is popular in Japan.

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Jim Henson’s Birthday Coloring Sheet

To one of the biggest influences in my career…Happy  Birthday! It’s been more than twenty years since Jim Henson tragically passed away from a bacterial infection, but his work lives on through both his iconic characters and the millions of animators, artists and original minds he inspired. History has been filled with scores of creative geniuses, but none truly basked in the whimsical wonderfulness of difference as much as the creator of The Muppets. From adult-driven comedy on the first season of Saturday Night Live to behind the scenes help with Yoda on The Empire Strikes Back to his creations for Sesame Street, Jim Henson left no avenue unexplored and no strange and brilliant corner of his mind untapped.*

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Happy Flag Day!

June 14 is Flag Day! The U.S. Flagis over 225 years old. Sorry, but most people don’t get out of school and work for Flag Day.

In Pennsylvania though, it is an official state holiday. The U.S. flag has special names: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and Star-Spangled Banner. The flag has 13 stripes that represent each of the 13 original colonies and fifty stars: one for each U.S. state.

Click Here to Download my American Flag Coloring Sheet