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When we tell our own imaginative stories a whole new world opens up. Sometimes they can be a bit tricky to begin so here are 20 story starters to help. What kind of story will you tell - A long story, a short story, a story that takes place in a faraway land, a story right here at home, a story filled with bright colours and mysterious characters and all kinds of unexpected things.
Storytelling with Children by Nancy Mellon
“Many people are surprise at that young children what them to make up stories. Yet it doesn’t take long to realise how meeting their need for stories creates a sense of warmth, family & community. This book has been written to stimulate your direct experience of the wise and benevolent creative forces which, however dormant, are in each and every one of us.”
This is a fascinating and inspiring book for teachers, parents or carers of children, as well as creative writers and students of literature. ‘This beautifully written and wise book taps into a deep source, the spring of imagination. The author […] gives very helpful examples of certain stories particularly well-suited to different ages, explaining how each matches and reflects the child’s developing consciousness. If you have anything to do with children, buy this book. If you have anything to do with yourself, buy it as well.” — Matthew Barton, New View, summer 2007
Play silks allow imaginations to create and flow with the changing moods of play.
Uses are limited only by ones imagination; Squares of 90cm can be used for flowing landscapes, table cloths or dress ups: cloaks, skirts or wraps. Squares of 53cm can be used for wrapping dolls or bundles of treasures or in the centre of a table. A rectangle length of 2.7m long can be used for draping over tables or frames to create forts, cubbies and private little enclosures, even over a bassinet, cot or bed. Each size is available in a range of plain and/or variegated colours.
Hand wash, hang dry. We find children love to wash these themselves in a sink or bucket outside. The silk feels different and interesting when wet!
Above image shows variegated colours – rainbow, sea, starry night, blossom and fire. For more information see our web page playcloths and silks.
A new double Story CD has been released by Australian Storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong. ‘Inspire your child to be kind, generous and resilient’ with ancestral tales of wisdom that have been lovingly reinterpreted for a modern audience. They will stimulate your child’s imagination, retain interest for years and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Perfect for rest-time, long journeys and holidays. For more information on her other Story CD’s see our previous blog ‘ A Story is a gift that lasts a lifetime…’
February NEWSLETTER , out now, there’s sure to be something to inspire
If you are having trouble finding it, click the word ‘newsletter’ above.
‘at any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting’* . Its amazing what we experience when we document something (whether by drawing or writing), when we look deeper we find details, patterns, characteristics and colours we never new existed. All the different parts of whatever it is we are looking at. Try looking around you this week and noticing detail, be an Explorer of this amazing world we live in.
* from ‘How to be an explorer of the World’ by Keri Smith
left; detail of cover photo from ‘How to Live Forever’ by Colin Thompson
Summer is here and The Honeyclock is once again OPEN and hummmming. We are bursting with school supplies, the last of our Christmas Stock is reduced and new goodies are making there way to us daily. Our coffee nook is offering delicious drinks and yummy foods, try our new Chewy Apricot Spelt cookies. We wish you all a wonderful NEW YEAR and look forward to helping you in what ever way we can. See you soon!
We have extended our shop hours before Christmas to: later on Thursdays (until 5.30) and OPEN the next 2 MONDAYS from 8.30-4.30 (like Tue, Wed & Frid). Our Sat hours will stay the same 9-1.30. But then we will be CLOSED for a few weeks and reopening on Tuesday, 14 Jan for business as usual.
We want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Christmas full of nourishing company, great food, joyful times with family and friends and lots of belly laughs. Thank you for all that you bring to our shop, it is a pleasure creating for you. MERRY CHRISTMAS
Bring nourishment and creativity to your Christmas. The ‘Advent Craft and Activity Book’ is a practical and fully illustrated book with creative suggestions for every day from December 1st through to Christmas and Epiphany. Full of crafts, activities and stories, this is a fabulous book for engaging and involving children in a Christmas Season full of joy and reverence.