gleeful grandiva

creative living for big and little kids

Author: tamuria (Page 2 of 28)

CELEBRATE SEA WEEK WITH SCINTILLATING STATS

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What has no beginning, end or middle and touches every continent?

If you answered ‘ocean’, you are right.

In fact, the ocean covers more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and is responsible for producing more than half our oxygen.

Ocean currents have a major influence on weather patterns.

This means even if you haven’t seen it (nearly 40 per cent of the American population haven’t) it affects your life.

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AN EASY WAY TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL BLING

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project –  an easy way to make your own beautiful bling.

They say there’s no such thing as too much bling and this easy project will have the little ones, and you, making a treasure trove of jaunty jewels in no time.

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GRAND GIVING – HOW TO SET BOUNDARIES AND IMPROVE LIFE

 

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Are you a giver or a taker?

If you’ve answered ‘taker’ then this is probably not for you.

If you consider yourself a giver, what inspires this?

The idea that giving is its own reward? A belief that this is what ‘good’ people do? Is it your religious beliefs? Or, are you a people-pleaser?

Regardless of the inspiration for giving, setting personal boundaries is essential for a happy life.

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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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