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CRAFTING A HAPPY LIFE – WHY KIDS NEED (AND LOVE) TO CREATE

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They file into the studio and choose their seats.

They are the latest Wacky Workshops students (aged five to 12) and they’re drawing a picture of their favourite toy.

This was the first activity in a toy making workshop. A way to keep them busy and get into a creative groove while waiting for the others to arrive.

Almost all of the students drew iPads on their sheets and began to talk to each other about their favourite games. The perfect icebreaker.

Friendships were made. The conversation was enthusiastic and joyful.

They discussed the challenges of getting through complicated stages in a game they all knew and loved.

I wondered how today’s activities would stack up against the lure of technology.

It was more curiosity than concern. I’ve never had an unhappy student.

I also knew that during that three-hour workshop, amazing things would be happening inside their brains. Things that don’t happen while in front of a screen.

 

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THINK YOU ARE NOT AN ARTIST? THIS IS WHY YOU’RE WRONG

 

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Have you ever told yourself you are not an artist?

What if I told you your very thoughts could be considered art – art that people will pay handsomely for?

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HOW TO FIND FREEDOM IN A FAIRY TALE

 

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. (Funny, there never seems to be an ugly princess).

Anyway, the beautiful princess had a huge heart and loved to help the flowers, bees, butterflies and birds grow and be happy.

She was also a talented ballerina who loved to dance. Her dancing was so magical that the birds would sing special songs to entice the princess to dance more.

The flowers would sway to the beat and the bees and butterflies would act as the chorus to her fantastic choreography.

One day an evil witch came to catch the princess. Luckily, the princess’s best friend was a dragon who came to rescue her.

 

 

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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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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 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 HARNESS COLOUR CONTROL FOR A BETTER LIFE

 

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We are surrounded by colour and though we may be unaware, it has the power to affect our moods, our choices, our skills and even our health.

It can be difficult to take full control of our lives with these ‘hidden’ influences at play.

Understanding the energy that colours emit, and helping our kids do the same, is the first step towards regaining that control.

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TAP INTO THE MAGIC OF MUSIC FOR BRAIN GROWTH IN KIDS

 

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It soothes our souls, changes our heartbeat, triggers emotions, ignites memories and that’s just the beginning of the magic of music.

Music reduces stress, increases joy and has been proved to accelerate brain development in children exposed to it regularly.

Promoting music and musical activates can help children with their speech, memory, attention span, reading and communication skills and has a host of social and emotional benefits as well.

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