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STORYTELLING GAMES THAT WILL HELP YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, making storytelling games.

In my post, Why Telling Tall Tales is Good For You, I explained the importance of encouraging this in children – and ourselves.

TEACUP TALES

The Goddesses love a television show called Teacup Travels. It inspired me to get the very special tea cups out and have our own storytelling session (they have water in their teacups) about our imaginary ‘travels’.

A few days ago all four were visiting and we used a teacup candle as inspiration for storytelling time. The Goddesses took turns telling their delightful tales to the rest of the family.

Sometimes it is helpful to have props to spark ideas to open the imagination for stories.

This week I’m sharing how to make story blocks (templates included) and some story time props.

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WHY TELLING TALL TALES IS GOOD FOR YOU

 

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Not the one about the fish that got away.

You know, the one that was so big it could have sunk the boat.

Tall tales are essentially stories and storytelling can help people solve problems, deal with stressful situations and increase inner harmony.

That’s why it is so important to encourage this creative use of imagination in children.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR DRAGON

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make your dragon.

How can you train it if you haven’t made it?

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BELIEVING IN MYTHS

 

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Do you believe in dragons, mermaids, unicorns and fairies?

Science has been unable to prove the existence of any of these, yet many of us hold onto the idea that they may exist.

The ability to accept the possibility of the unseen and unproved is what leads to scientific breakthroughs.

Embracing the world of fantasy, mythology and magic will open minds and doors to endless possibilities.

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 HOW TO MAKE A GOOD LITTLE DINOSAUR

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, making a good little dinosaur.

If you read my post, How to Create Your Own Happy Ending, you will understand what inspired this craft.

As usual, most of the materials are things you will find around the house and you can get as creative as you like with the scenery ‘play mat’.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPY ENDING

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I recently found myself in an embarrassing situation.

I was watching a movie, The Good Little Dinosaur, with one of the Goddesses when I felt my chest tighten and my eyes start to tear up.

It was a poignant part of the movie where the little dinosaur had to say goodbye to a special friend.

I was horrified to be having such a strong reaction to a kid’s movie, particularly since I had trained myself years before not to do this in order to avoid the inevitable jokes from my male dominated family.

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CLEVER WAYS TO GET CREATIVE WITH CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFTS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – clever ways to get creative with Christmas card crafts.

These projects are a great way to avoid adding to the ever growing piles of rubbish on our planet. Have you read my post How to Win by Avoiding the Bin?

So first things first, DON’T THROW OUT YOUR CARDS.

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TERRIFIC TRIVIA TO TEASE YOUR BRAIN

 

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Do you ever wonder why we love trivia so much?

Sometimes it’s fun to fill your head with useless facts you can bring out, dust off, and share at appropriate moments.

There is more to it than that, though.

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HOW TO MAKE A SPARKLING FUN LIGHT

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a sparkly fun light.

When I was making my scary candle holder for Halloween, five-year-old Goddess said she wanted to make a jewelled candle holder.

I explained that jewels and beads would be practical as we cover the whole thing with tissue paper, so the embellishments need to be flat.

We compromised with sparkling metallic sequins and the end result was beautiful.

She had a lot of fun making it as well and the jar doubles as a treasure trove and night light. This is a clever and fun way to recycle glass jars.

I love those sequins and always keep a supply on hand. They can be bought in craft and dollar stores. They have the sparkle of glitter but are not nearly as messy and they can be used for so many cool projects. Check out the pictures below these instructions for some other fun projects using metallic sequins.

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PAINTING A PICTURE – THE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE THE GINGERBREAD MAN

 

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George the Gingerbread Man heard the family leave the house as he lay in his little doll house bed.

He decided to explore, excited for a new adventure.

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