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4 FUN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – musical instruments to make.

There are so many benefits to teaching kids about music. If you have the resources to teach them to play an instrument, even better.

However, instruments and lessons can be expensive. These craft projects cost next to nothing to make and are so much fun to play with.

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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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3 GREAT WAYS TO REUSE PLASTIC BOTTLES

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project, focusing on ways to reuse plastic bottles.

Plastic seems to be one of the biggest curses when it comes to the world’s environmental concerns.

It is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of marine creatures every year. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of landfill waste and up to 80 percent of rubbish littering beaches, seabeds and oceans.

By finding fun ways to reinvent plastic and creating with children, we can avoid adding to this number and empower kids to help save the world.

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HOW LESSONS FROM A POT CAN HELP SAVE THE WORLD

 

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It has cooked hundreds of meals.

Filled my young sons’ tummies with healthy food.

Created countless comfort food meals for cold winter’s nights.

Saved me from ‘slaving over a hot stove’ on hot summer days.

Now it’s helping to nourish my children’s children.

And I look at this little pot and see how it can help us save the world.

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HOW TO MAKE A GROWING FLOWER – NO NEED FOR A GREEN THUMB

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a growing flower.

You don’t need any gardening skills and won’t even get your hands dirty doing this one.

In fact, this project is so easy I recently did it with 30 preschoolers, aged three to five.

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GRAND INSECURITIES – HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE FEELINGS

 

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It’s amazing how grandchildren can awaken all those youthful insecurities you thought you’d overcome.

Those precious parcels of perfection come with a bunch of other people and suddenly you are left questioning your importance in the scheme of things.

Perhaps the greatest threat to the calm equilibrium you’ve worked so hard to achieve (right?) over the decades are the Other Grandparents.

Let’s face it, for most of us, sharing children we adore with others who have an equal status in their lives is a new adventure.

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HOW TO SMARTEN UP YOUR SMARTPHONE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to smarten up your smartphone.

I recently wrote about the secret to using your Smartphone Smartly.

If you just can’t get enough of your phone, these clever crafts, to smarten up your smartphone, will be just what you need.

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HOW TO USE YOUR SMARTPHONE SMARTLY

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Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.

What song is this? Your phone will tell you.

What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.

How wonderful are smartphones?

With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?

I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A TURTLE PLANTER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a turtle planter.

World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 each year to raise awareness about the plight and importance of those wonderful creatures.

Did you read my post, A Tantalising Turtle Tale to Add Magic to Your Day?

To celebrate and to honour turtles I’m going to show you how to make a really sweet turtle planter.

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A TANTALISING TURTLE TALE TO ADD MAGIC TO YOUR DAY 

 

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A group of islanders stand at the tall cliffs overlooking the South Pacific Ocean and sing a song. And a little bit of magic happens.

The islanders, from the village of Vaitogi, in American Samoa, sing some ancient words and one by one, the sea turtles in the area will come to the surface of the ocean and raise their heads from the water as if in greeting.

Those lucky enough to see this spectacle are often rewarded with the sight of sharks also coming to the water’s surface at the sounds of the ancient song/chant.

That the sharks and turtles, natural enemies, would swim alongside each other is a modern day mystery steeped in ancient legend.

 

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