Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
As we wait for new, lush, green life to spring up around our home, my children have been collecting dried pods, seeds, and stalks from last year’s growth for observation and play. One of their favorite things to collect are elegant milkweed pods. They happen to have the most beautiful, swooped shape and my two find that they make perfect fairy boats.
After collecting a handful, they brought them home and used paper, glue, glitter, and string to turn them into water worthy vessels.
This one is lined with a leaf of Lambs Ear (found on our walk) and has a pillow and a life preserver.
This one is a double decker!
They sailed their fleet in a puddle behind our house and in the creek at the end of our road. Each new boat was tested and re-designed and tested again until they floated majestically in the wind blown current. We are all certain that the fairies who live behind our home will be so thankful to find new boats for their spring adventures.
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
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.
Sometimes a late afternoon walk is just what I need to feel inspired.
White, fluffy, softness! Like snow!
During the holiday season when life feels extra busy, twenty mindful minutes outside is often the perfect way to search for new, creative ideas. Outside is outside. It can be on a sidewalk in your neighborhood, a city street, a forest trail, or at a beach or park. When my mind drifts to work and plans, I am careful to pause and find something curious or interesting before me. I encourage my children to do the same by turning it into a game: can we leave our adventure with a list of ten intriguing things?
Pause and enjoy.