E is for Earth

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

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Invitation:

Recycled Materials Creation Station: For this invitation I cut up cardboard boxes into about 5×7-inch rectangles.  I put out toilet paper tubes that I had cut into about 1-inch circles, bottle caps, bits of fabric and paper leftover from other collage projects, cut up egg cartons, pieces of ribbon and pictures from magazines.  I also set out scissors and glue.  As the children arrived, I showed them our “creation station” and talked to them about creating a collage, however they wanted, out of all of these material.  Of course, since this is an invitation, whether they create a collage or not, is entirely up to the child. Continue reading

Y is for Yarn

“It turns out that knitting isn’t about the yarn or the softness or needing a hat (although we really can’t argue with these secondary motivators). It’s really about this: Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and work out of our lives , and our planet is quickly becoming a place running out of magic, a knitter takes silly, useless string, mundane sticks, waves her hands around (many, many times…nobody said this was fast magic), and turns one thing into another: string into a hat, string into a sweater, string into a blanket for a baby. It really is a very reliable magic.” ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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