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creative living for big and little kids

HOW TO SLOW DOWN TIME IN A MOMENT 

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Of course, we can’t actually slow down time – yet.

Whether it appears to be flying by or dragging on, our watches and clocks will tell us the measurement of a moment, an hour, a day, is the same.

So if time flies, how can we hang onto it a little longer? Or at least slow that flight into a more pleasant and calm walk?

The answer may be easier than you think.

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DO YOU WANT SMARTER KIDS? TRY THESE EASY TIPS 

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We certainly should work on having smarter kids. Particularly since it seems adults are going the other way.

After all, it is adults, often leaders, who refuse to acknowledge the evidence that stares them right in the face. They make decisions and policies that seem designed to hurt, rather than help.

Did you think I was referring to climate change? Or energy policies?

I’m actually referring to education and how our policy makers seem to make so many brainless decisions.

 

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THESE THREE LITTLE WORDS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE 

 

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They are probably not the words you are thinking.

We make life unnecessarily hard don’t we?

We see a problem and want to be part of the solution.

Then we realise the problem is much bigger than us and often before we’ve done a thing, we have given up.

We even do this with personal challenges.

How many of you have broken that diet before the first 24 hours are up? Or give up on a new, great daily routine before the week is finished?

Then we follow it up with justifications to help ease the feeling of failure.

There is a simple solution, often overlooked in our desire to do great things quickly.

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HOW TO LET THE MAGIC OF TREES HELP KIDS GROW

 

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There’s a certain point, as you drive west on the motorway from Sydney, Australia, where your eyes are greeted with a blue vista on the horizon.

You are not seeing the ocean, but some of the trees in the 1.03 million hectares that make up the Greater Blue Mountains Area. The magic in these trees is so strong it can change the colour of the landscape, covering their green canopy with a blue-grey haze.

The eucalypts which dominate the mountain forests discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue from a distance.

Even now, after living in this natural wonderland for 30 years, the sight of that blue on the horizon puts a smile on my face when I am returning home.

It’s as if the trees themselves are calling to me. Perhaps they are.

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HOW TO ROCK YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS AND KINDNESS

 

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I’m not talking about music.

I’m talking about the new rock art craze that is sweeping the world, delighting children and their carers.

This latest trend has people finding small rocks and painting them, then hiding them in parks for strangers to discover.

It ticks all the boxes as far as entertaining the kids. They can be creative, be outside having fun in a park and play that all-time favourite game, hide n’ seek.

The benefits go much deeper though.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT LEARNING COMES WHEN YOU STOP TEACHING 

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After teaching arts and crafts for nearly 20 years, there is one thing I am certain of – the most important learning comes when I stop teaching.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying teachers are unnecessary. It is vital to have someone show us the basic skills, for, without them, we can’t do much of anything.

There comes a point, however, when the teacher should step back and see what the students can discover for themselves.

That is where the most important learning happens.

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JOIN ME ON A FUN AND MAGICALLY WACKY TRIP 

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Let me take you on a fun and magically wacky trip.

 

The magic comes with the fact there is no need to pack your bags, deal with airport security and you can travel half way around the world and back in the space of two hours.

Intrigued? Join me.

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HOW TO MAKE A PLASTIC BOTTLE BIRD FEEDER 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a plastic bottle bird feeder.

We all know the damage plastic is doing to our environment and the importance of recycling it so it doesn’t end up in landfill or our oceans.

We can take that one step further and get our kids involved in creative recycling to empower them to help save the world.

By showing them how to reinvent things, we are opening up their creative minds to come up with new ideas for recycling and reusing.

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HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD

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If you think your children are not hearing and paying attention to all the stories of doom and gloom for the planet, think again.

Those little minds are like sponges and take in all the information around them. And it scares them.

More than that, those stories can potentially rob your children of motivation, future planning, hope and joy. They can even lead to depression, particularly during the troubled teen years.

The good news is you can counteract the negativity that stems from doomsday stories and empower your children to save the world.

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HOW TO COLOUR YOUR WORLD WITH THESE FUN CRAFTS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to colour your world.

Colour can impact everything from our health to our moods and even appetite.

Understanding how colour affects us can help us gain control over many areas of our lives.

The first step is to learn colour basics and become more aware of the colours around us. These fun crafts and activities will help children to do that.

 

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