gleeful grandiva

creative living for big and little kids

gleeful grandiva

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MAKE THIS PERFECT ROSE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Around 11 million roses are expected to be brought into Australia in the days leading up to Valentine’ Day on February 14.

Aside from the cost to Aussie farmers who cannot compete, there is an environmental cost.

And then, of course, there is the personal cost.

Fresh rose prices range from around $30 for a single stem to $100 plus for a dozen.

Everlasting, Infinity and Forever roses can put you out of pocket hundreds of dollars.

What if I told you that you could create your own everlasting rose for under $15?

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SIX GREAT AUSSIE BIRD CRAFTS FOR KIDS TO MAKE

When it comes to celebrating all the beauty and wonder Australia has to offer, it’s hard to know where to begin.

More than 90 per cent of our wildlife is found nowhere else in the wild. This includes kangaroos, dingos, wombats, echidnas, platypus and koalas – making this a truly unique and special country.

As for our birds – Australia is sometimes referred to as the land of parrots and honeyeaters because we have so many of them.

There are more than 900 recorded Aussie bird species and almost all of our cockatoos are unique to this country. In fact, no other continent other than South America has as many parrots.

Here are six Aussie bird crafts ideal for kids to make to celebrate our unique feathered friends.

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How to Create a Confident Kid

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Jack was a happy baby with a big belly laugh he used with great regularity. He was a curious and adventurous toddler with a booming personality and the voice to go with it.

His first few years of school were filled with curiosity and the desire to learn. Then, his voice became quiet, his smiles infrequent and his urge to try and learn new things disappeared.

What happened? Jack (a fictional character to illustrate this point) lost his confidence and self-esteem somewhere along the line.

If he doesn’t regain confidence, Jack’s tumultuous teens will be even more challenging.

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THE WACKY SOLUTION TO CREATIVE FUN

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That frantic search for a pencil or pen as I grab my bag, sunnies, keys and granddaughter in the race to get out the door and pick up her older sister from school. That’s me at least once a week.

Why the pencil or pen? To go with the little granddaughter’s drawing book – something to keep her occupied as we wait in the car for school to end. The earlier we leave, the better chance of finding a decent parking spot. But then, the longer we have to wait.

Why is it so hard to find a pen or pencil in a house occupied by journalists and art teachers? No idea. I think they hide. They take the granddaughter’s little drawing book with them.

Granted, it’s not the biggest problem in the scheme of things. In fact, now it’s not a problem at all because I’ve solved it with the wacky solution to creativity. Let me tell you how.

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THE SECRETS CREATIVE PARENTS ALREADY KNOW

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Creativity has become a buzzword – the Holy Grail that will help us be happier, healthy, more productive and better equipped to deal with life in general.

We mourn the lack of creative programs in mainstream schools and businesses fork out thousands of dollars every year on creative thinking exercises for their employees.

There is a general recognition that advances in technology will change the way we work and live.

Already, the need for manual labour has diminished to the point many businesses are now obsolete, meaning very human traits – such as creativity – are highly sought after.

With a future that looks particularly bright for creative people and creative thinkers, and schools more focused on academic outcomes than fostering these traits, what’s a parent to do to prepare their kids for the future?

Here are some of the secrets creative parents already know and how they are using them to foster creativity and creative thinking in their children.

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SILLY SNAKE FUN TO CELEBRATE WORLD SNAKE DAY

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Poor snakes. They really get a bad rap, don’t they?

Fear of them is one of the top 10 phobias. It’s called ophidiophobia.

They’ve been blamed for the temptation that resulted in people becoming mortal (according to the Bible) and also revered by others as the bringers of good luck.

However you view them, snakes are a vital part of the eco system and humans would be doomed without them.

Try these silly snake fun projects to help teach kids about the importance – and dangers – of these slithering reptiles.

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5 FUN AND EASY SPACE THEMED CRAFTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – space themed crafts.

Have you ever seen a UFO – Unidentified Flying Object?

If you have you are not alone. There have been more than 12,000 reported sightings – at least six per cent of these have remained unresolved. Meaning nobody knows what the objects actually were.

Sightings have been reported for hundreds of years and there is even a World UFO Day – July 2. This date was chosen in honour of an alleged UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, on July 2, 1947.

What a wonderful time to celebrate with some space themed crafts.

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HOW TO ACHIEVE INNER PEACE BY HONOURING WHAT WE HAVE

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“For what we are about to eat may the Lord make us truly grateful”.

That was our pre-meal prayer when I was at school. I remember it not so much because of the gratitude I felt, but because we said it a lot and most of us raced through the little prayer, eager to eat.

In later years it struck me how remote that little sentence seemed. It didn’t thank the plants and animal life for their sacrifice. It didn’t thank the food producers, the farmers, or the school cooks who worked tirelessly. This is probably a good thing. As teenagers, we were ravenous at meal times and having to give more thanks and delay eating could have caused a riot.

It was a gesture at gratitude and I’m sure some students maybe ignored their rumbling tummies long enough to feel thankful.

But it didn’t really honour all the elements and hard work that went into providing the meals.

So how do we honour what we have?  And how does doing so help us to achieve inner peace?

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HOW TO PROMOTE OPTIMISM IN KIDS

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It’s interesting that the first part of the word ‘optimism’ spells ‘opt’ because being optimistic is a choice that you can opt in or out of.

That’s probably the most important thing we can impress on our children. Optimism is a choice. And choice is a superpower.

We all become discouraged at times. For children, the frustrations are great because they’re trying to learn so much at once and often don’t have the focus, patience and wisdom to understand that practice is key to achieving their goals.

At the first sign a failure, a child may become morose and feel that they will never achieve their goals.

When we promote optimism in kids, we teach them to welcome mistakes as vital learning tools.

This in turn will give them the resilience and determination to keep trying, rather than give up.

So how do we promote optimism in kids?

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HOW TO MAKE WIND CRAFTS THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – wind crafts.

It can be a welcome breeze on a hot summer’s day or a devastating force, destroying all in its path.

The wind that is so vital to the environment, dispersing seeds to help plant populations, can also have catastrophic effects on all that it touches.

It is a force to be reckoned with. It is also a source of pollution-free, renewable energy.

Civilizations have harnessed the power of wind for thousands of years. Windmills used wind power to crush grain or pump water.

Today, wind turbines are using the wind to create electricity.

These projects celebrate wind, in all its glory and all its fierceness.

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