Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.


Collections of tiny things like beads, pins, coins, acorns, or buttons, are often a perfect way to inspire little hands (and, big hands too!). The act of sifting through a collection in search of favorites is such a lovely way to appreciate color, texture, and shape.


Line them up, re-arrange, and repeat. Even if you aren’t a collector, chances are there is a pile of loose little bits floating around the bottom of your junk drawer.  Go in search and you will find.

xo emily

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