Friday, December 20, 2013

Festive Winter Windows

Every season in our Pre-K class, we like to have something pretty in our windows. Recently, we've been studying shapes and colors. What better way to explore those two things together, than with stained window projects? For this project, we searched the internet to find some ideas. Then we modified what we found somewhat, to fit our class.

We found a few stained window projects that use contact paper such as  this one, shown here with these cute hearts -

However, for our class, we decided to use wax paper and glue. Wax paper is less expensive than contact paper, and painting the glue onto the tissue paper led to some nice small motor skill activity, and some great discussion about how the colors blend together when the tissues are overlapped. Each child was able to chose the shape of their frame, (heart, square, rectangle, oval, or triangle) which was then glued to the finished and dried piece of wax paper and tissues later. The frames were pre-cut ahead of time using black construction paper. Here is the results of our new window treatment for winter, they are quite stunning when the sun is bright. I'm looking forward to trying this again at home during the winter break with my grandchildren. They make a nice colorful addition to any sunny window!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas .99 sale - limited time!

Happy Holidays to everyone! Thank you to all who entered the paperback giveaway for, It's A Colorful Christmas, a winner has been chosen. In keeping with the Holiday spirit I have reduced the price of the ebook version for .99 for a limited time! So in case you don't have yours yet, now's the time.
Happy Holidays! Click on the cover, it will take you to the Amazon sale!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Giveaway!!

Happy Holidays!! To kick off this holiday season, I will be giving away one paperback copy of my book,
It's A Colorful Christmas! 

You may enter below starting on 12/6/13 through 12/13/13.
Winner will be randomly chosen by Goodreads.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

It's a Colorful Christmas by Niki Alling

It's a Colorful Christmas

by Niki Alling

Giveaway ends December 13, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Also, for a FREE holiday coloring page from this book,  
It's A Colorful Christmas  (click here and scroll down)
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Teacher Day

Through the years, I have had the honor of working along side and in the same buildings with many wonderful teachers. Today I would like to honor them by re-posting the poem I wrote especially for them. I've learned so much from them, and that knowledge carries over into my personal life, and my creative life. It has always been my belief that knowledge is what helps us to conquer our fears, and the teachers are the ones who give us the gift of learning.

Also, to the many teachers who taught my own children as they were growing up; thank you. They have both become wonderful young adults, and as I was a single parent while they were growing up, I give their teachers the utmost credit in working with them and with me in helping to mold their young lives. I'm looking forward to watching my grandchildren begin school, very soon, and to see the wonder of learning and knowledge that their teachers will give to them. Thank you teachers, this one is for you.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween fun for your little pumpkin

Halloween is right around the corner. Here is a cute design created by my daughter and I, for all the little ones. This design comes on many t-shirts and gifts!
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Block Area

It's back to school time again! For anyone looking for a good way to introduce the block area to the children at school, or if you have a child who loves to build with blocks, this book is for you!


Friday, August 23, 2013

Charcoal drawings in Pre-K

A few years ago I tried an experiment with our Pre-K class. We were getting ready to take a trip to the Johnson Museum of Art and we wanted to give the children an idea of the different kinds of art they would see there. So I brought some drawing charcoal to school and set up a simple bowl of fruit. I also had some shading sticks for them to try. The pictures below are a few of the results! When we arrived at the museum, they were able to find some charcoal drawings on the walls and they knew what they were and how they were made. They did an amazing job!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

School Nurses & Bus Drivers

It's that time of year again, back-to-school is upon us!
Every year I try to write a little post about appreciating Teachers and Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals. This year I'd like to take a moment to appreciate our school nurses and bus drivers. They are the two groups of people who are most likely to think about our children's safety more often than most. During summer school this year, I paid special attention to how hard our nurses and bus drivers work to keep things in order. They are exceptional at what they do!

I would like to showcase a couple designs that I created a few years back, and have increasingly become more popular. These gifts were made specifically for all the wonderful nurses and bus drivers out there! Both designs come on a variety of gifts at NikiClix Creations. Have a wonderful school year!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Imagination Fascination

When I observe how children play at school, in the classrooms I've worked in, it always amazes me how they can think of new things that have never been thought of before. How even through repetitive play, and building with blocks, and playing dress up, each child knows how to put their own unique spin on their play and learning.

Play is such a big part of learning for young children. It’s where they try new things, and explore new ideas and create something they didn’t know they could. Every child has their own favorite place in the classrooms too, and every class is different. Some years, the block area is the all-time favorite, some years, it’s the dramatic play area or the art area. In every case, you can see the seeds of inspiration and imagination dawning in these young people, who have only been around for 3 to 5 years.

As much as academic learning, with letters and numbers and writing is important, my heart is in learning through play. Play is full of problem solving, although you may not think so, it’s supposed to be fun right? Consider all that the children learn through play, including sharing, conflict resolution, communication, teamwork, not to mention flexing their creative muscles….and the list goes on.

When I wrote the book, When I Build with Blocks, I did so because I felt it was a book that many children could relate to. I wrote it because I couldn’t find one exactly like it anywhere else, and I wrote it because the kids just love to build with blocks in the classroom. They inspired me with their ideas, which I incorporated into the book, and they inspired me with their enthusiasm, which they showed me after I read it to them – they went straight to the block area to show me what else they could build. I feel honored that I was able to spark their minds to continue to create, and that they enjoy the book that they can see themselves in.

Imagination is a wonderful thing!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduate for you....

I've had some requests to showcase my Graduate poem to make it easier to find especially this time of year. So here is the link to my Graduate Poem gifts on Zazzle. Click the poster to find many gifts with this poem.

Congratulations to all the Graduates!

Graduate Poem Posters
Graduate Poem Posters by nikiclix
Look at more Graduate Posters at zazzle

 For anyone who loves to color, this fun coloring page from our new book, Color-A-Gift, is perfect for graduation! Customize with your school colors!
Links to Color-A-Gift on Amazon
  Links to Color-A-Gift on Amazon

Friday, May 31, 2013

Graduation and the poet

 I started writing poetry when I was very young, so I can't remember a time, when it wasn't important to me. I fell in love with Dr. Seuss and Robert Frost and developed my own sentimental style. I usually write poems in rhyme, but not always. However, as someone once told me, if you can be moved by your own writing; somewhere, someone else will be moved by it too. So I try to write about subjects in my poetry that move me, or that I know have moved others around me. Sometimes my poetry has specific meaning, sometimes with specific people in mind. Sometimes, they just pop into my head and I have to write them down.

Poetry is like meditation for me. Sometimes, if I can't sleep, I'll write a few poems to relax. It usually helps. Last year at the request of a friend, I was asked to write a poem about graduation. It was a subject that I wanted to tackle for a long time, but I knew that when you are talking to graduates, it has to ring true. It has to help them to move forward and be fearless in their pursuits. And even though it's been years since my own graduation, and my children have already graduated too, it was my new endeavors as an author, not only of poetry, but an author of children's books, and time travel and romance and just about anything else, that inspired me to write a poem that may resonate with others to follow their dreams as well.

It doesn't really matter how old you are when you graduate, I myself didn't finish college till my early forties. What matters is, knowing that when your education is done, what you will do with it. What you have learned, how you may inspire others with all the new knowledge in your mind. This is what I had hoped to express to others in my graduation poem.

While I still had self doubts about pushing that publishing button, and letting the world view my work, it made me keenly aware, that my work is my own. That the things I've experienced in my life, belong only to me. And that only I could be an expert on creating poems and stories, using that unique life and education experience. That's what I wanted the graduates to know. Especially the young graduates from high school and college. That it doesn't matter what you choose to do in this life, your experience will make your choices uniquely your own. And what has taken me a half century to figure out, I can now say with certainty, that your heart truly knows the way to go. There have been many times, when I've thought about not writing anymore. This is a tough business. But each time I've stopped, my heart wouldn't let me. So I've given up stopping. I've given up trying to give up writing, I love it too much. I've learned not to fight that inner spark. What you dream all your life, you really can do. I may not be wildly successful, but my heart is happy with the journey, and that's what matters most.

So to the graduates of every age; Enjoy every minute of your new life ahead of you. You truly are the way to a new world for us all. Congratulations! This one is for you....

Graduate Poem Card
Graduate Poem Card by nikiclix
Look at more cards from Zazzle.

Now you can customize this unique sentimental poem with your own school colors. This Graduate poem is included in our adult coloring book, Color-A-Gift.
Click the image to go to the book at Amazon.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


 Giveaway contest & Sale!!

I'm giving away an autographed paperback copy of my children's book, Your Father's Love, on Goodreads! This contest will run for one week. (Click below in box to enter contest.)

 In the mean time - the ebook version of this book is on sale now at Amazon for only .99 for a limited time!! (Ebook Regularly $2.99/Paperback Regularly $10.99)

Good Luck with the contest and Happy Father's Day!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Your Father's Love by Niki Alling

Your Father's Love

by Niki Alling

Giveaway ends May 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Grandchildren are the Greatest...

Today I became a Grandmother for the third time! Life just doesn't get any better than this. I've spoke often about my own Grandmother, who is now 96 years old, and about my two Granddaughters, Eva & Takeda, well today we welcome my first Grandson, little Johnnie. There is just something about Grandchildren that make life complete. At least for me they do.

Maybe it's because I have such fond memories of time spent with my Grandparents when I was young. Fishing in the creek with Grandpa and picking peas in his garden. Making Grandma's special Christmas cookies every year with her, or staying up late playing gin rummy with her, when my sister and I stayed overnight. Life was good at Grandma and Grandpa's house. I want to be that special place where my Grandchildren can come, when they need a break from everyday life. When they're older and homework is too hard, and daily chores are tiring, I want to be the place where they can come to unwind, pull up a chair at the kitchen table, play cards and make cookies into the night. I want them to eat the peas from my garden before I get a chance to cook them, take them fishing at the pond down the road, and throw all the fish back and watch them swim away. I want to help them find the wild berries in the yard, and hope we still have some in the quart when we get back to the house.

Yes, I love being a mother too, but lets face it, motherhood is harder, parenthood is harder. Mother's and Father's have the weight of the world on their shoulders with the day to day responsibilities. I love that I can take some of the load off my daughter and her husband's shoulders every now and then, and have the kids come stay with Grandma, for a night or two.  

Becoming a Grandmother came a little sooner in my life than I thought it would, but the way I see it, I get all these extra years of loving! Who couldn't use a little more of that? ;)

Happy Birthday little Johnnie, you have been added to my list of people to write books for! I love you!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Eva & Dr. Seuss!

Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved Dr. Seuss books. Who doesn't? I think my love of poetry began by reading his books. It is not much of a surprise to me that I've spent most of my life writing poetry myself, and now writing my own children's books, because of Dr. Seuss.

I've written poetry on every subject I can think of, even some that I'll never publish, and some I publish under pen names. But writing for children is near and dear to my heart. Most of my children's books are dedicated to my grandchildren and the children I've known over the years in the schools I've worked in.

But on the day my first Granddaughter, Evangeline (Eva), was born, I knew I was on the right track, because she was born on Dr. Seuss's Birthday. To me it made perfect sense that she was born this day. I took it as a sign to stay the course and to never give up writing and continuing to pursue my dreams.

Being a grandmother, has given me the greatest joy and has shown me what love can really be. Of course I love my own children and being a mother, but being a grandmother is a new level of love, I didn't know existed. It's hard to explain, but other friends of mine who are also grandparents, understand. We give each other that knowing nod and smile, and have entered into a new phase in our lives, with the little ones at our feet. Eva is 3 today, she is a joy as well as her sister Takeda. The hugs I get from those girls last for days on end. And then I can go back for more.

So Happy Birthday little Eva, and to Dr. Seuss - thank you for filling my life with wonderful stories and poetry, there will never be another quite like you. You are my inspiration. And if my own books can touch even one child in a positive way, it will be because your inspiration is shining through. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2 Giveaways!!

I'm running two Giveaways through Goodreads, to win autographed paperback copies of my books - Hearts Are For Loving & The Roots of My Family Tree.

These children's picture books are two different subjects. Hearts Are For Loving, is a fun concept book about shapes. And The Roots of My Family Tree, is a celebration book for multicultural children everywhere. Both are written in rhyme, and have colorful illustrations. Giveaways start on 2/15/13 and run for one week till 2/22/13. There will be two winners, one for each book. Good Luck!!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hearts Are For Loving by Niki Alling

Hearts Are For Loving

by Niki Alling

Giveaway ends February 22, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Roots of My Family Tree by Niki Alling

The Roots of My Family Tree

by Niki Alling

Giveaway ends February 22, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Release!

New Release - Hearts Are For Loving

Shapes are all around us. This fun, colorful book shows children that shapes can be for many things. It’s designed to spark the imagination and have children thinking about shapes in ways they might not have before. This book can be for Valentine's Day or any time of year.

(Click the picture to take you to Amazon's book page.)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Children's book coming soon....

Hi all,

Things are looking up for my latest picture book. I have two more spreads to finish and some detail work. I'm hoping to release it by Valentine's Day. This book is a basic concept book about shapes and some fun things they do! It's been great fun to write and illustrate. I even got some great ideas from the Pre-K kids at school, which have been included in the book. They are great helpers!

It should be a fun one for children to enjoy and discover. And as with all of my children's books so's written in rhyme.

Stay tuned for a giveaway contest with this new release ... and also don't forget there is still time to enter my current giveaway contest on GoodReads for my book Your Mother's Love!
Open till January 18, 2013. Good Luck!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Free ebook this weekend 1/12/13 - 1/13/13

Free ebook on Amazon 1/12/13 - 1/13/13

Take a trip around the world with a little girl, who is proud of her rich multicultural heritage.

The Roots of My Family Tree by Niki Alling, is a celebration book for children, families and educators to use as an enjoyable springboard for conversations about family heritage. Bright, colorful, full illustrations, written in rhyme.
Countries around the world she travels to:
Buy The Roots of My Family Tree from Amazon for Kindle & Paperback

Buy The Roots of My Family Tree from Barnes & Noble in Paperback

Buy The Roots of My Family Tree from CreateSpace in Paperback

 Book Trailer for 
The Roots of My Family Tree - by Niki Alling

Friday, January 4, 2013

Giveaway Contest!!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Your Mother's Love by Niki Alling

Your Mother's Love

by Niki Alling

Giveaway ends January 18, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win