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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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
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace ~Mary Sarton
“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
Some things are black and white
This week we learned about the contrast between Dark and Light. We talked about the colors black and white and the concept that if you add a bit of black paint to another color, it darkens the color. And, conversely, if you add white paint to a color, it lightens the color.