Potions!

I can’t tell you what’s in them…

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And who knows what magic they can perform…

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…but I so know they were all natural, crushed from our garden and a few kitchen ingredients.

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I have seen a few potion kits doing the rounds (this one is very cool!) and knew my boys would love them. I finally got to it! Here’s the potion kit I set out this morning.

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The motar and pestle was something that wasn’t in any of the ones I saw, but was inspired by a PD session I went to recently. (More about that soon!) But it was a hit, and that was how the children managed to get such great colours. Amazing, huh? All those white powders at the bottom?  Bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, rock salt and self raising flour. And in each of the jugs I put water and vinegar.

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I’m thinking we might experiment with natural fabric dyes next. I have done it before,  but the children were very little,  and they probably don’t remember it. Look out tomorrow for the flashback post about that.

Land Art

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We couldn’t have asked for better weather to create land art today – The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens were sunny and clothed in beautiful autumn style!

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A select group of adventurers thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty looking for the perfect acorn to complete the project!

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Let’s do it again soon!  🙂

Weekend Sewing

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I love these adorable cuddly creatures created by my children on the weekend from old t-shirts. They were made with a combination of hand- and machine- sewing. I wasn’t able to post them until now as they have been in active cuddling!

Everyday Creativity

So many of us don’t think we are creative. We aren’t artists. Artists are creative. Maybe musicians. But not me, with my ordinary jobs and ordinary life! And if I am not creative, well then, how can I help my children be creative?

Eventually I realised that creativity is the act of creating something. Was I not creating something when I threw something together for dinner with the random unused bits from the fridge? Was I not creating when I arranged the knick-knacks on my shelf? Or when I consciously made a choice in my life, rather than just going with the flow? This realisation was slow coming – my grades in school art were not entirely sparkling – but eventually I have got there. I know see my life as profoundly creative, although I still don’t do much that I really think of as ART.

I was creative. I could help my children be creative too. And so can you.

Some of my favourite creativity resources

If you haven’t already seen the wonderful talk by Sir Ken Robinson on Schools and creativity, then where have you been? It has had more than 25 million views. Still it is wonderful, and definitely worth watching if you haven’t already! (In fact, go ahead and watch his other Ted talks while you are there, absolutely fascinating!)

A lovely book to help parents get started is “Child of Wonder” by Ginger Carlson. I really enjoy this book because it  looks at creativity in ways that are not stereotyped,  there is a chapter on creativity in mathematics, and because it provides such easily implemented advice for parents.

In slightly more traditional creative style – and a visually beautiful book – is “The Creative Family” by Amanda Blake Soule. It has some lovely ideas, particularly if you are a bit of a fabric craft-er, like I am!

A slightly different edge to creativity is Maker culture, typified by MAKE magazine. A wealth of projects there!

And if you still aren’t sure you are creative? Think about the choices you make, and how you create your life, then watch this fantastic talk about hackschooling – what I think of as creative education.