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Spring Is in the Air with Mother Nature On Campus Assembly

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
On Campus Program
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed


Mother Nature tells stories involving nature. Her first story, “A Tree For Me,” is a favorite rhyming story found in most libraries with Mother Nature’s own special “twist”. Children will be able to use call and respond to this tale. Students delight over Mother Nature’s puppets such as Audrey the Venus Fly Trap, Mama Raccoon and the yellow and red butterflies. Mama Raccoon will help teach the children the difference between a nocturnal and diurnal animal. Students will learn examples of animals that fit into each category as well. Audrey the Venus Fly Trap (puppet) will help teach the children what a carnivorous plant is and where it lives! Audience volunteers will help with manipulating butterfly puppets for the final story. It is an original story by Margaret herself called "How Calvin the Caterpillar Got His Wings". It is a story of a little caterpillar that wanted to be able to fly. He goes through metamorphosis and gets his wings. At the end of the story a confetti launch of tissue paper butterflies will fly over the audience's heads. Children will be asked to pick all the butterflies up, put them into paper sacks that the teachers will be provided and take them back to the classroom to use in an art project to illustrate Mother Nature's original story. This show is full of ventriloquism, magical moments, and lots of fun!

Students Will

  • Book: A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Laan ISBN 0440417552
  • Learn what nocturnal and diurnal are and an easy way to differentiate the two.
  • Listen and participate as a group in two stories that Mother Nature tells. They will participate through dramatic motions to help illustrate the first story. For the 2nd story, 4 special audience volunteers will be selected to manipulate puppets.
  • See the concept of metamorphosis demonstrated with an original story by Mother Nature about butterflies through the use of butterfly puppets and audience volunteers.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions regarding the stories heard as well as seek information regarding the animals and plants presented in the presentation.
  • Learn about Venus Fly Traps by listening and observing a Venus Flytrap puppet named "Audrey"; They will learn that flytraps get their major nutrients from eating flies, and what a carnivorous plant is
  • Use butterflies provided in the last story as part of an art project to illustrate the story they heard.


Dates: Check entertainers on line calendar for availability:, fill out an on line form through the website, or call 817.980.1760
Times: Available during or after school, Spring Break or summer
Duration: 45 minute show with a 15-30 minute break between shows.
School Fee: On Campus: 2 programs $525 or 4-5 programs on one day $950. One 45 minute after school program is $325.
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 75
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: electrical outlet within 15 feet of the stage. CLEAN performance area 20x20.
Other Information: At the end of the program hundreds of tissue paper butterflies will fly into the air through the use of a confetti cannon. Children will be asked to pick up all the butterflies and take them back to the classroom where they should be used in an art project to illustrate the story "How Calvin the Caterpillar Got His Wings" by Margaret Clauder.Teachers will be provided lunch sacks to put the butterflies into. Children will pick up the butterflies 1 class at a time. To book: Check our on line calendar for availability first: . Once you find an open date or time that works for you, fill out the booking form at or email [email protected] or call 817.980.1760. When calling or emailing, please leave your name, school, phone number, the particular show you wish to have, and the date/time of the program. Technical needs: Electrical outlet 15-20 feet from the performance area. If we are using the stage it should be reserved for our use 1 hour before performance time and 30 minutes afterward. The stage should be pre-cleared no later than 1 hour before show time. Stage lights turned on 1 hour prior to performance.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: On-line calendars are available for each separate performer: Margaret Clauder: (Mother Goose, Weather Wonders, Spring is in the Air with Mother Nature, Story of Thanksgiving, The Hero is Within you, Fiesta de Mexico, I Detect a Tale, Ring in the Holidays with Mrs. Claus, After School Balloon Twisting: Brett Roberts (Bubbleologist): Dal Sanders: (Magical, Mysterious Suitcase Science Show, Be a Hero- Not a Bully) Cinde Sanders: (Seusology 101- A Celebration of All Things Dr. Seuss) Or, to help you determine availability of artist call 817.980.1760 or 817.265.5696, to confirm your booking request. You can also fill out a request form at:
Deadline: cancellation no later than 2 weeks before event.
Cancellation Policy: Bookings may be cancelled up to two (2) calendar weeks before performance without penalty. Bookings cancelled within two (2) calendar weeks of performance but up to one (1) calendar week before performance may be rescheduled as artist's bookings allow. Bookings cancelled within one (1) calendar week of performance will require balanced paid in full and rescheduling is at artist's discretion.
After School Policy: Teachers are required to remain in room during performance. Artist will discuss and define the seating area and performance area prior to start of performance. Photographs are permitted as well as short video clips. Please tag us on Facebook at: Margaret A. Clauder.

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