State Symbols: Alabama

Alabama illustration of state symbols

Alabama Symbols

Bird: Northern Finch

Flower: Camellia

Fruit: Black Berry

Mammal: Black Bear

Motto: We defend our rights

Nickname: The Yellowhammer State

Tree: Longleaf Pine

Fun project for kids:

Print the silhouette of the state of Alabama below and provide your kids with art supplies and maybe a snack. My girls will color one state a week. I will probably offer them photos of each of the items and change up the art medium each lesson (e.g., acrylic, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, or watercolor). I hope this is helpful for you. Tag @thejollybison on Instagram to show me how it went!


How to draw a bird

Hello and merry Monday. Today is draw a bird day; I have no idea how or why this holiday exists but, why not. The girls and I draw daily. One of their favorite games is to have me draw objects for them. Today I will show you how to draw a bird in 6 steps.

Illustration of how to draw a finch


1. Draw a curved line as the birds back.

2. Draw a line curving up for the bird’s belly.

3 & 4. Add wing line and eye

5. With orange add beak and legs.

6. Decorate your sweet bird.

I love looking up finches and copying some of their coloring. They are very diverse. I hope you have fun with this drawing task.


Cosmic Kids

Have you ever thought, “I wish my kid was one of those yoga babies I see on instagram, but I know nothing about yoga.”? Enter Cosmic Kids, Jaime is amazing! She implements familiar characters (Spiderman and Elsa) and classic yoga moves into her YouTube program. When my youngest was home, she’d do yoga while I drank my coffee in the morning. I’d nod and say, “way to go!” and she would expend some energy. I definitely suggest you check her out.


YouTube: cosmic kids

Fancy Rat Day

Today is Fancy Rat Day and though I do not have a pet rat, I’ve heard they are the sweetest, most intelligent animals. I mainly was attracted to this holiday because not only do I believe their bad rep is unjust but also I imagine them dressed up super fancy. I put together a craft for my young girls and thought maybe other moms would like this too.

You can print off the little fancy rat above and color in his or her attire or you can use fabric like we did.

Favorite Books

Today is International Children’s Book Day, so I’m going to share four of our favorite books right now.

What Do You Do Series

1. What do you do series, by Kobi Yomada. He has several books but the What do you do series is so great to spark inspiration and conversation. The combination of the message, illustrations, and my girls sitting with me always chokes me up.

the little bit scary people image
The Little Bit Scary People

2. The Little Bit Scary People, by Emily Jenkins. I’m not sure why this book isn’t more popular. The illustrations and message are perfect for elementary kids. A young girl imagines the lives of people she finds a little bit scary.

The Sisters Grimm Series

3. The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley. This is a fantasy series for preteen girls and boys. The main characters are female but there are a couple of supporting male personalities. There are at least nine books following the Grimm Sisters as they sleuth through a town of storybook characters. The chapters are a little long and their are nights we have to break in the middle, but that’s what bookmarks are for. Overall great story!

Fablehaven Series

4. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. This epic fantasy series follows siblings as well but not two sisters. A brother and sister duo work to save their Grandparent’s secret property holding monsters and creatures, sometimes doing more harm than good. Fairies, imps, golems, mermaids, and trolls are among the creatures housed in Fablehaven. This book series is geared toward ages 9- 13.

I hope you like these recommendations. I’d love to hear about your favorite books! Feel free to comment below.

A Haiku

Yesterday was Poetry and Creative Mind day and just the other day my oldest was telling me she knew how to write a Haiku. So, I put her in charge of teaching her sisters. It was sweet watching them sit outside working together on a poem about our new bunny babies. I don’t think they finished but they worked well together. If you’d like to write your own Haiku, Joselyn has provided you with a short how to lesson below.