Category: Amuseum@Home

Amuseum@Home

Amuseum@Home is a home learning program all about St. Martin’s nature and heritage. Download free books and activities, and watch free movies about St. Martin! If you’re just getting started, head to the bottom of this page and you can work your way through the program day by day. You can also keep an eye out for new activities by following Les Fruits de Mer on Facebook. Have fun and stay safe while learning about St. Martin!

Amuseum@Home: Activities Round-up!

Amuseum @ Home
Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Here’s a round-up of over a dozen activities for your learning and enjoyment!

ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Soapberry Bug Puzzle
Meet St. Martin’s Soapberry Bug! This beautiful, bright-orange insect feeds on the seeds of the Soapberry Vine. The special species we have on this island has not been identified yet. That means our Soapberry Bug may be new to science!

Play online now!
https://jigex.com/a5u8

Right now, the puzzle has about 40 pieces.
But, if you want to make it easier for little kids, you can switch it to as low as 6 or 8 pieces. Or, if you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can increase the pieces as high as 864! To adjust the number of pieces, just click on the icon that looks like a grid of squares, on the left side on the start bar, before you click “OK” to start the puzzle.

Enjoy!


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
From the Nest!
Head over to one of our partner groups, BirdsCaribbean, for some amazing activities and coloring pages. Every day they feature a different bird that lives only in the Caribbean. Follow them for more: @BirdsCaribbean

All the From the Nest activities are here:
https://www.birdscaribbean.org/category/from-the-nest/

The page for the Sugar Bird, that lives on St. Martin:
https://www.birdscaribbean.org/2020/04/from-the-nest-day-3/


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Souliga Wall Crab Spider Puzzle
This incredible spider was discovered here on St. Martin! It’s named Souliga, because that was the Arawak name for this island. It can only be found on a few islands, including this one, so it’s special for our part of the Caribbean. Its body is very flat. This helps it hide away from predators under stones and bark.

Play online now!
https://jigex.com/B49a

Right now, the puzzle has about 40 pieces.
But, if you want to make it easier for little kids, you can switch it to as low as 6 or 8 pieces. Or, if you’re looking for more of a challenge, you can increase the pieces as high as 864! To adjust the number of pieces, just click on the icon that looks like a grid of squares, on the left side on the start bar, before you click “OK” to start the puzzle.


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
St. Martin Proverbs Crossword #2!

Do you know where the gale doesn’t stop? Or what you give Jack? Traditional St. Martin sayings are an important part of local heritage–put your proverbs know-how to the test with this fun crossword puzzle! You can print it out, or play online. If you get stuck, ask an elder! Or, take a look at the books St. Martin Talk or National Symbols of St. Martin.

The St. Martin proverbs in this crossword were sourced from St. Martin Talk by Robert Romney, House of Nehesi Publishers, 2011; National Symbols of St. Martin – A Primer, edited by Lasana M. Sekou, House of Nehesi Publishers, 1996, 2017; and the heritage work of Amuseum Naturalis.

Free download:
http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Proverbs-Crossword-Two.pdf

Play online:
https://crosswordlabs.com/view/st-martin-proverbs-crossword-2


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Word Search: Local Names for St. Martin Birds

The special names used for birds and other wildlife on St. Martin are part of the island’s unique culture. Celebrate that heritage and sharpen your word skills, with this word search of local names for birds!

Download it here:
http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Local-Bird-Names-Word-Search.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
St. Martin Regional Endemic Wildlife Match Game #2!

Meet more of the awesome animals and insects that live only in our region! They’re called “endemics” because that word means they only live in one special place or area. This memory matching game celebrates some more of our amazing regional endemics–bats, birds, lizards, butterflies and other incredible critters!

Play online here:
12-card game:
https://matchthememory.com/sxmregionalendemicsmatchtwo12card

20-card game:
https://matchthememory.com/sxmregionalendemicsmatchtwo20card


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Local Fruit Vertical Poem

Write a vertical poem about the fruit of St. Martin!

Local fruits are part of St. Martin’s natural heritage. They are also part of cultural heritage, the special traditions of St. Martin. Our fruits are part of local agricultural, food and bush tea traditions. Did you know many fruits, or parts of the plants and trees they grow on, are also used for bush tea? That’s an important part of local cultural heritage.

Download the activity:
http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Local-Fruit-Vertical-Poem.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Angerona Hairstreak Puzzle

Meet the Angerona Hairstreak! This beautiful butterfly is endemic to the Lesser Antilles. That means it is only found on these islands, including St. Martin. It feeds on nectar from flowers. Hairstreak butterflies like the Angerona often have tails on their lower wings.

Play online now!
https://jigex.com/mK5R


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Endemics Word Search!
Test your search skills by finding the hidden names of some of St. Martin’s amazing endemics! Our endemic animals and insects are special, because they live only on St. Martin, or only in our region.

Free download:
http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Endemics-WordSearch.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
St. Martin Proverbs Crossword: Animals, Agriculture & Nature

Traditional St. Martin proverbs are an important part of local heritage. Test your know-how of St. Martin expressions and sayings with this crossword puzzle! You can print it out, or play online. If you get stuck, ask a St. Martin elder! Or, take a look at the books St. Martin Talk or National Symbols of St. Martin.

The proverbs in this crossword were sourced from St. Martin Talk by Robert Romney, House of Nehesi Publishers, 2011; National Symbols of St. Martin – A Primer, edited by Lasana M. Sekou, House of Nehesi Publishers, 1996, 2017; and the local heritage work of Amuseum Naturalis.

Free download:
http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Proverbs-Crossword.pdf

Play online:
https://crosswordlabs.com/view/st-martin-proverbs-animals-agriculture-nature


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Hey Baby!

How well do you know your island wildlife babies? Match babies with their parents, in this fun quiz based on amazing St. Martin wildlife! The baby animals and insects in this quiz are endemics. That means they’re special, because they live only on St. Martin, or only in our region!

Play online here:
https://www.goconqr.com/en-US/quiz/22399845/Hey-Baby–


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
St. Martin Endemic Wildlife Matching Games

Did you know there are special animals and insects that live only on St. Martin, or only in our region? There are! They are called “endemics” because that word means they only live in one place or area. Have fun playing these online memory matching games that celebrate some of our amazing endemics.

12-card game:
https://matchthememory.com/sxmendemicsmatchbeginner

20-card game:
https://matchthememory.com/sxmendemicsmatchexpert


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Bearded Anole Puzzle

This little anole lizard lives only on the island of St. Martin. You can’t find it anywhere else in the world! It has beautiful blue markings around its eyes. It eats small insects, and loves shady places.

Play online now!
https://jigex.com/BV5A

Amuseum@Home: Day 22

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Native Plants on St. Martin

Learn about some of St. Martin’s amazing native plants! Find out how they survive dry seasons and hurricanes with their special superpowers. Discover how native plants make the island better for native animals and people, too!

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AmuseumCompanion-NativePlants.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Native Plants Coloring Pages

Color three important local plants!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NativePlant-Coloring-Pages.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Native Plants Word Search!

Test your search skills by finding the hidden names of native St. Martin plants!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NativePlants-WordSearch.pdf

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Amuseum@Home: Day 21

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Bird Shots

This bird photography guide was created to help birders become better photographers and photographers get better at photographing birds. It focuses on practical advice to get better bird photos and more enjoyment from this hobby. Topics range from the techniques you will use in the field to composition, visual storytelling, and post-production.

Download for free: http://goo.gl/zMqeML


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Bush Medicine Word Search!

Test your search skills by finding the hidden names of bush medicine plants!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/BushMedicine-WordSearch.pdf

Want to learn more about bush medicine plants and traditions? Download the free book: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AmuseumCompanion-BushMedicine.pdf

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Amuseum@Home: Day 20

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin
Called “the best, and most complete, natural history book I have read about any single Caribbean island” by Dr. James “Skip” Lazell, the updated and expanded second edition of this wildlife guide is a unique volume covering all the terrestrial wildlife of St. Martin, from mammals and birds to reptiles and insects. It includes over 500 color photographs, and features hundreds of species, including those which are found only on St. Martin. The text includes detailed information about both the biology and the local history of the animals featured and is written to be accessible to persons of all ages and backgrounds.

Download for free: https://goo.gl/VtMspJ


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Bird Search!

How much do you know about the birds of St. Martin? Test your knowledge with three bird search word search puzzles!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bird-Search.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Incredible Journeys

Some birds live their whole life on St. Martin. Others make truly incredible journeys to come hear each year. They may travel thousands of miles from as far away as the Arctic Circle. Learn their stories. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwAqbvzCBEc

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Amuseum@Home: Day 19

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Agricultural Roots on St. Martin
The Caribbean has rich agricultural traditions that carry on to this day. Where did these traditions come from? Why are some crops so common all over the region? Learn about the roots of Caribbean agriculture, one of the richest traditions on St. Martin.

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AmuseumCompanion-AgriculturalRoots.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Agricultural Roots Coloring Pages

Color some of the plants that people in the Caribbean grow and eat! These foods include native plants that were here before the first people, plants brought by Amerindian people and plants brought to the Caribbean from Africa. Need coloring inspiration, see the images of these plants in the Agricultural Roots book.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Agriculture-Roots-Coloring-Pages.pdf

The agricultural roots book: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/resources/books/#AgriRoots


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

St. Martin Traditional Agriculture Crossword Puzzle

Test your knowledge of local agricultural traditions with this crossword puzzle! Print it out or play online! Need hints? Check the book: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/resources/books/#AgriRoots

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Traditional-Agriculture-Crossword.pdf

Play online: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/st-martin-traditional-agriculture-crossword


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Jumbie Trees and Spirit Birds

Check out some fascinating folktales and folklore about Caribbean plants and wildlife! Find out how celebrating cultural heritage can help protect natural heritage. And, see some ways that’s being done right here on St. Martin. This special presentation was given by Jenn Yerkes at the 2019 BirdsCaribbean Conference in Guadeloupe. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AVQsd0DmXI

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Amuseum@Home: Day 18

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Bush Medicine on St. Martin
Bush medicine has been an important part of healthcare and culture on St. Martin for hundreds of years. Learn about the historical and cultural roots of bush medicine traditions on St. Martin and the Caribbean. Find out where the plants came from, how people learned to use them and how that knowledge was passed on from generation to generation.

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AmuseumCompanion-BushMedicine.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Bush Medicine Coloring Pages

Have fun coloring in some plants that are important parts of Caribbean bush tea and bush medicine traditions. If you need to know what they look like, check out the bush medicine book, or see if you have some of them in your kitchen garden!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bush-Medicine-Coloring-Pages.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Killer Fashion: The Plume Boom, Female Activism, and Bird Conservation at the Turn of the 20th Century

Find out how a ruthless high-fashion trend almost killed off many of our bird species in the Caribbean, and across the globe, over 100 years ago! And meet the two-woman dream team that shut it down–and helped invent nature conservation along the way. This fascinating story was presented by Jenn Yerkes at the 2016 Migratory Bird Festival. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrwSD80tOow

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Amuseum@Home: Day 17

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Heritage Backup: Part Three
Preserving heritage is important work, and it is time to come together to do it. It is time for a heritage jollification. Every voice matters. Every story matters. Start recording today and encourage your friends and family to do it, too.

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Heritage-Backup-Part-Three.pdf

Get all the Heritage Backup tools here: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/projects/heritage-backup/


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Reef Life Word Search

Develop your word skills by finding words about St. Martin’s beautiful coral reef habitats, and the incredible fish and creatures who live there!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Reef-Life-Word-Search.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Sea After Irma

We take a quick dip below the surface to check out the state of the sea and our near shore coral reefs in St. Martin after Hurricane Irma. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdrevFdKp6E

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Amuseum@Home: Day 16

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Wild Statia
Nature writing and photography bring the wildlife of Statia alive on the virtual page in this free ebook. The book’s fifteen chapters each take a closer look at a unique aspect of Statia’s wildlife, from majestic tropicbirds to nocturnal insects, and all the lizards in between. Also explored are the habitats that support wildlife and the work being done to understand and protect natural heritage. This 55-page ebook is illustrated with captivating photos taken by authors Hannah Madden and Mark Yokoyama. The format of the book emphasizes the fascinating stories that are often left unexplored by scientific publications.

Download for free: http://goo.gl/97qQFs


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Bird Life Creative Activity Sheets

Let your imagination fly! These bird-themed activity sheets ask you to use your creativity to draw part of the picture. You can print them out, or just look at the instructions and draw on your own sheet of paper!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Bird-Activity-Pages.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Wild Minute: The Fiddler Crab

Take a one-minute look at the tiny crab that has a big job keeping our ponds and beaches clean. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx75OqJxnjY

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Amuseum@Home: Day 15

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Shadow of a Drought
During 2015 drought conditions impacted much of the Caribbean. This photo essay documents some of the impacts of drought on St. Martin. With climate change, droughts are increasing in the northeast Caribbean. Almost every year since 2015 has been drier than usual. How will this impact people and nature?

Download for free: http://goo.gl/9dsk1Z


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Lizard Mask

Lizards are an important and distinctive part of Caribbean ecology. Most native lizards are endemic to an island or small range of islands. This lizard mask is sized for kid faces. You can prepare the masks ahead of time so they are ready to color. Share images of local lizards if the kids want to make their mask look like a specific kind of lizard.

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Lizard-Mask.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Helping Habitats After Irma

How did people help nature come back after Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean? Why is it important? See and learn by watching today’s video! Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0lbzpFkRFg

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Amuseum@Home: Day 14

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today were heading back to Heritage Backup! This is our chance to record our personal, family and community history. And that’s a chance to make sure we are all a part of history. If you’re just getting started with Heritage Backup, you can get all the materials here: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/projects/heritage-backup/

BOOKLET OF THE DAY

Heritage Backup: Tools of the Trade
Download this booklet to identify the tools you already have to record your personal history and how you can use them. If you have a computer, scanner, camera or videocamera that’s great. If not, you can do everything you need with a normal smartphone. Set yourself up to dive into your personal heritage collection and save those memories!

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Heritage-Backup-Part-Two.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Photo Memories Worksheet

Get started recording your memories with this Photo Memories Activity. Choose a few photos and record your memories. If you don’t have photos to work with, try finding a few photos at http://image.amuseumnaturalis.com that spark a memories and use them for this activity.

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Photo-Memories-Worksheet.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Miracle of Christmas House

This is the story of how one person made a difference and touched the lives of people in her community and beyond. Christmas House in Cripple Gate is a St. Martin tradition for well over 30 years. Bernadine Arnell Joe tells us the story of Christmas House, how it reopened after Hurricane Irma and her dream for its future. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH0vJjsYxe8

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Amuseum@Home: Day 13

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we are looking at a tree with special cultural meaning and also exploring art on St. Martin.

BOOK OF THE DAY

The Flamboyant: St. Martin’s Tree of Freedom in Culture and Art
This book celebrates a very special heritage tree for St. Martin. Learn more about the glorious Flamboyant, its links to local traditions and its historical connection to emancipation. Includes an essay by master painter Sir Roland Richardson, and beautiful images of some of his iconic Flamboyant artworks!

Download for free: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Flamboyant.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

St. Martin Art, Writing and Nature Imaginarium Activities!

Imagine, tell stories, write and create with these inspiring activities based on gorgeous paintings of local landscapes by St. Martin artist Sir Roland Richardson.

Download for free:http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Imaginarium-Activities-One.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

I’m From the Renaissance

A short film about painter, teacher and Renaissance man Cynric Griffith. He lived an amazing life and made a big difference on St. Martin along the way. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cemtki20IWU

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Amusuem@Home: Day 12

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Have fun learning about Caribbean wildlife today!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Eye on Endemics: Caribbean Originals
In Caribbean Originals, we showcase ten local species that are found only on this island or only in the region, including birds lizards and insects. Learn about two species of lizard that live only on St. Martin and how a bird learned a new lifestyle while trying to overcome a disability.

Free download: http://goo.gl/ZY1SoV


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Wildlife Crown Craft
A perfect craft for having fun at home! Just color, cut and tape or staple to make cool crowns featuring local wildlife. Download for free:

Anguilla Bank Anole Lizard: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Crown-AnguillaBankAnole.pdf
Brown Pelican: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Crown-BrownPelican.pdf
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Crown-LesserAntilleanBullfinch.pdf

Instructions:
Print on A4 card stock (or whatever you have).
Color front and band (bottom section is the band).
Cut out front (top section) and band (strip on bottom).
Attach front and band with tape or staples, sized to the child’s head.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Little Key After Irma

What is life like on a tiny island after a big hurricane? Come with us to Little Key—an island less than 100 meters long in the Simpson Bay Lagoon in St. Martin—and find out! Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-J8IZ0X3Tk

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Amuseum@Home: Day 11

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Learn about your feathery friends! Today’s program includes a book about birds, a happy bird-day card activity and a film about St. Martin’s Great Salt Pond that features lots of birds.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Eye on Endemics
This short book takes a closer look at some of the regionally-endemic birds that live on St. Martin. These are special birds that are only found in the Caribbean or have unique varieties in the Caribbean.

Free download: https://goo.gl/rYfpLM


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Happy Bird-day Cards
Color and create with these bird-themed cards. A great activity for people of all ages, everyone can leave with cards to give to friends or family. Download for free:

English, A4 Paper: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bird-day-Cards-EN-A4.pdf
English, Letter Paper: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bird-day-Cards-EN-Letter.pdf
French, A4 Paper: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bird-day-Cards-FR-A4.pdf
French, Letter Paper: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bird-day-Cards-FR-Letter.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Great Salt Pond

Learn about St. Martin’s Great Salt Pond from a few different perspectives. See views of the pond and many of the birds that live there. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIZ9w2ocyWg

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Amuseum@Home: Day 10

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we go down to the deep sea to see all the amazing creatures that live there!

BOOKLET OF THE DAY

Deep Sea Creatures of the Caribbean
Go deep, deep down to see all of the crazy animals that live deep under the sea. Some of them even live below where light ever reaches!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Deep-Sea-Creatures-of-the-Caribbean.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Undersea Adventure Creative Activity Sheets
Get ready to dive in and use your imagination! These ocean-themed activity sheets ask you to use your creativity to draw part of the picture. You can print them out, or just look at the instructions and draw on your own sheet of paper! Designed by Jenn “Madam J” Yerkes.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Undersea-Adventure-Creative-Activity-Sheets.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

2000 Feet Under the Sea

In this vintage adventure the team explores the deep sea in a submarine off the coast of Roatan, Honduras. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsIwPNAgQdw

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Amuseum@Home: Day 9

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we learn about animals that were brought by people to new places. It has happened a lot. Animals can cause big problems when they are brought to new places, especially islands. Learn how non-native animals have transformed St. Martin.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Caribbean Curiosities: Island of Change
From prehistoric times to the present day, one of the most important ways humans have impacted St. Martin is by introducing new animal and plant species. The second volume of Caribbean Curiosities winds its way through tales of animals that were brought to St. Martin by people and how these new species have changed the island. How has the island been changed forever by these new arrivals and what are they doing right now to change the island’s future?

Free download: https://goo.gl/Tp9kPm


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Introduced Species Crossword Puzzle
Solve the clues to complete this crossword puzzle all about animals that are not native to St. Martin, but were brought here by people.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Introduced-Species-Crossword.pdf

Play online: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/introduced-species-crossword


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Scrub Island Rescue
The team explores Scrub Island, an uninhabited island off the coast of Anguilla. They encounter quite a few native animals and also one introduced animal that has caused lots of trouble over the years, the rat! Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqdyFAytM4Q

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Amuseum@Home: Day 8

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we learn about birds, and especially how they survive hurricanes. Birds and other animals are amazing survivors!

BOOK OF THE DAY

The Animals of Irma’s Island
After a major hurricane, it can take years for nature to recover. On the island of St. Martin, we had a chance to watch that recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. In the weeks and months following the hurricane, St. Martin truly was Irma’s Island. In this book, we take a closer look at the lives, struggles and recovery of the animals living here during this special time.

Free download: https://goo.gl/vAd6L8


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Bird Mask
Fun and fanciful bird masks in different designs. Download, print, color and cut!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Bird-Masks.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Birds After Irma
What’s happened to St. Martin’s birds after Hurricane Irma? Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7-stTdHwQo

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Amuseum@Home: Day 7

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we are focusing on local culture and what we can do to preserve and share it. We are also starting our Heritage Backup program so we can use the time we have to make sure St. Martin’s history includes stories about everyone.

BOOKLET OF THE DAY

Heritage Backup, Part One
This booklet is the first installment of our Heritage Backup program. We cover two topics. The first is how to create an inventory of your own personal heritage. In the second part, we look at the amazing amount of information that you can find in family photos.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Heritage-Backup.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Heritage Vertical Poem
Learn how to write a vertical poem and write your own using the word HERITAGE, or a word that you choose.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Heritage-Vertical-Poem.pdf

BONUS ACTIVITY
Personal Heritage Inventory

Make an inventory of the heritage items in your house, just like you would if you worked at a museum!

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Personal-Heritage-Inventory.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

We Used to Eat Fresh Things
Delphine David remembers growing up on St. Martin and helping raise her younger brothers and sisters. Her history is an important part of the history of St. Martin. By listening to her, we can learn about the island and life in the past. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTDFgDjN0mY

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Amuseum@Home: Day 6

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Learn about St. Martin traditions of making things and building homes! For all of prehistory and most of history people on this island had to make most of what they needed.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Making and Building on St. Martin
This book is an Amuseum Companion. It features St. Martin building techniques and traditional methods of making things. It features a few things going all the way back to prehistory, like Amerindian tools. It also shows how reusing and recycling are long time St. Martin traditions.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AmuseumCompanion-MakingBuilding.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Making and Building on St. Martin Word Search
Develop your word skills by finding words about making and building in the word search. If you don’t know what some of them mean, check out the book Making and Building on St. Martin that is the book of the day.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MakingBuilding-WordSearch.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Homes After Irma
St. Martin has many amazing and unique homes. Most of them were designed and built by local people. Learn more about them and why it is important to restore and protect them after they were damaged by Hurricane Irma. Watch:

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Amuseum@Home: Day 5

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Learn about Caribbean critters today! Everything we are sharing today is about insects and other bugs!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Bugs in Paradise
For a little fun today
We thought it would be nice
To make an ebook just for kids
Called Bugs in Paradise.
With photos to astound the eye
Of creatures where they dwell
The text is written all in verse
And will delight as well.

Free download: http://goo.gl/mQ2d5M


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Crazy Creatures Creative Activity Sheets
You’re invited to use your imagination! These activity sheets ask you to use your creativity to draw part of the picture. You can print them out, or just look at the instructions and draw on your own sheet of paper! Made by Jenn Yerkes.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Crazy-Creatures-Creative-Activity-Pages.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Bugs in Paradise
The critters of the tropical broadleaf forest are showcased in verse. Poetry selections read by the author. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=20kTsqIGGOQ

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Amuseum@Home: Day 4

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Learn about Caribbean animals today! Everything we are sharing today also includes some kind of aquatic animal, from fish and frogs to crabs and crayfish!

BOOK OF THE DAY

Caribbean Curiosities
Take a deeper dive into some of the amazing plants and animals that are featured at Amuseum Naturalis! Caribbean Curiosities tells the stories of some of St. Martin’s most dangerous invaders and some of its most amazing native treasures.

Free download: https://goo.gl/3gB2F5


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Amuseum Coloring Pages
A set of four coloring pages designed by Emily Geoffroy for Amuseum Naturalis. The designs are crayfish, fish, fly and Gaïac.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/AN-Coloring-Pages.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Gut Life
Learn about the fascinating freshwater ecosystems on St. Martin. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bH0xilGmQ

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Amuseum@Home: Day 3

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today we head over to the salt pond. For hundreds of years salt was made on St. Martin’s ponds, and in today’s video, we hear from Elise Hyman, who picked salt back in the day. We also have another book about birds that love ponds and an activity where you can make and color your own bird.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Pond Life
Learn the stories of seven different birds that live on St. Martin’s ponds. Some of them are year-round residents that raise families on our ponds each year, others are long distance travelers that come here each year to spend the winter months. They all depend on the same wetlands, which are critical to the ecology of the island and also an important part of its culture, history and identity.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pond-Life.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Sandpiper Build-A-Bird
Make this simple mobile from a single sheet of US legal sized (8.5″ x 14″) paper. (A smaller size of paper works, it just makes a smaller bird.) The shape is a flying sandpiper, but it can be colored creatively.
Instructions:

Print on card stock.
Color the two wing and body sets on the printed side.
Cut them out and glue together.
Use a utility knife to cut along the line marked in the body and insert the wings.
Make a hole where marked on the body and hang with recycled fishing line.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Build-a-Bird-Sandpiper.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

A Beautiful Sight to See
Like many people living in French Quarter at the time, Elise Hyman worked in salt production in Orient Bay in the middle of the last century. She shared some memories of those days and how salt was produced at Salines d’Orient. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xKn3bnZoeM

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Amuseum@Home: Day 2

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today, enjoy a book an activity and a short film. They are all about some of the unique animals that are found only on St. Martin or only in our region.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Caribbean Curiosities: Native Nature
St. Martin is full of unique animals. Many are found only in the Caribbean, and some are found only on St. Martin. Each species has its own story, and exploring this rich natural heritage is a fascinating way to explore the island. Learning how our wildlife became so unique is also a great way to understand the way all life has evolved and diversified. Enjoy six stories about bats, birds, lizards, fish and bugs.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Caribbean-Curiosities-Native-Nature.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Native Islanders Activity Book
This activity book features coloring pages, activity pages and interesting information about species that are endemic to St. Martin and to the Caribbean. It features artwork by Emily Geoffroy and Jenn Yerkes and text by Jenn Yerkes and Mark Yokoyama.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/EAF-Activity-Book.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

To the Bat Cave!
Caves are special places. They are home to bats and other animals, including many species that are found only in our region. Take a peek inside one of St. Martin’s most unique habitats, the Grotte du Puits des Terres Basses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qei7VZRa4lM

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Amuseum@Home: Day 1

Discover amazing things about St. Martin from home! Have fun and learn about the island, while you’re protecting your community and yourself by staying home. Get fascinating and free stuff from Les Fruits de Mer–every day!

Today, enjoy a book an activity and a short film. They are all about our wetlands. St. Martin’s ponds and mangrove forests are super interesting and important to both people and nature.

BOOK OF THE DAY

Pond Life: Reflections
If you like your ecosystems wet and wild, then you will love Pond Life: Reflections. Each chapter explores a different view into these ever-changing wild spaces. How do they transform with the seasons? What has changed in recent years? How do they reflect centuries of history? Like St. Martin itself, life on the pond is rich and always in motion. Ponds connect sea and land, human and nature, past and present: dive in, and discover.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pond-Life-Reflections.pdf


ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Wetland Coloring Pages
Enjoy three free coloring pages with poems about these awesome animals who live in St. Martin’s wetland habitats: Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone and Fiddler Crab.

Free download: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Wetland-Coloring-Pages.pdf


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Return of the Flamingo
Two flamingos arrived on the salt pond at Orient Bay in 2018. Are they the first of many? What is the history of this amazing bird on St. Martin? Watch and find out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0F7QEu7xFE

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