Book Activities for Miss Rumphius – Bring Beauty to the World

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Book activities for Miss Rumphius

This is our very first time participating in the Poppins Book Nook and we are so excited! This month’s theme was “Where In the World?” so we chose to read and do book activities for Miss Rumphius. Miss Rumphius is a delightful story that begins with a child who tells her grandfather there are two things in life she must do, “…go to faraway places [and]…live beside the sea.” Her grandfather replies, “but there is a third thing you must do. You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

So, she grows up and visits many faraway places. She goes to a tropical island, climbs mountains, visits jungles and deserts, and even rides a camel. She eventually moves beside the sea, and to make the world more beautiful she plants lupine seeds all over the place that grow and make the world more beautiful.

Deserts and Oceans


Now, the kids and I haven’t been to too many faraway places, but we know someone who has. In fact, my husband just came home from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan back in October, so we decided to talk to him about what it’s like in faraway places. Daddy told us all about the mountains in Afghanistan and how it is a desert, but it still gets terribly cold in the winter. Where he stayed it was very windy, too!

afghan drawing

My oldest son even drew his own interpretation of Afghanistan! We have spent many a minutes looking at a globe and talking about where Daddy is. When Daddy was travelling we tracked his stops. We were so excited when he stopped in Ireland and bought us some books!


We also reminisced about our trips to the ocean. We talked about the salty, humid air, the sand on the beach, and the dolphins we saw while on a ferry!

Milk Jug Bird Feeders

What I really wanted to do was make a barrel butterfly garden to bring some beauty to our little world, but we just had so much going on this month that we didn’t quite get to it. I decided we should make some milk jug bird feeders to help attract beautiful birds to our yard. 

This project is simple. You will need:

1 clean gallon milk jug




milk jug bird feeder

Simply cut two openings on opposite sides of the milk jug. Unscrew the cap and strongly tie the string around the lip of the jug. Replace the cap. Let your child decorate it if he pleases. Poke small holes in the bottom of the milk jug for drainage and then fill with birdseed. Hang the jug in a tree and watch beautiful birds flock to your home!

Flower Identification


Another project we did was flower identification. It’s early spring here and there aren’t too many flowers up yet, so we looked at some pictures of flowers we have seen in the past. We found some roses and plumeria pictures in my gallery.  We do have a few in our yard! We found daffodils, dandelions, and an interesting and fragrant type of lily. It doesn’t take much,  just draw your children’s attention to the beautiful flowers that are blooming right now. Let them smell them. If they are in your yard, let them pick a few. Flowers really do brighten the world!


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  1. This book sounds so suitable for this month’s theme- and a wonderful mantra for everyone to live by. Your flowers made me smile- we are heading into winter here!

  2. That is a great idea for re purposing a milk jug and I am adding this book to our to read list. I love the idea of kids finding the inspiration to make the world a beautiful place.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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