Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Head in the Clouds

My boys are big fans of picnics.  I like to think it's because I try to encourage a lot of outdoor play but I think it has more to do with all the construction trucks that drive by our house every day.  Anyway, we were having a picnic that consisted of juice and crackers and my oldest decided to lay on his back and watch the clouds.  My youngest joined him and they laid there poking each other and pointing out what they saw in the clouds.  I have tried to do this with my oldest before and my sweet and VERY literal son says, "Oh mommy, there's no giraffe!  Those are just clouds!"  Silly, silly me.  

This time, it was different.  He found turtles and alligators and ducks and my youngest, when asked what sound each animal made said, "MOOOO!"  We both thought it was hysterical and made him do it over and over again.  I wondered what had changed then I remembered that we had listened to a story from Sparkle Stories about a daddy whose job it was to paint pictures of clouds.  If you haven't heard of their site, do take a look.  They offer a new original audio story every week and they are enchanting.   I asked him if he remembered that story and he said, "Yeah, I've been noticing how the clouds always look different."  

We decided to do our own cloud art with some cotton balls, glue and construction paper.  We set out to recreate what we were seeing with the cotton balls and had a great time putting together our 10 minute art project.  

I just love when there is an opportunity to make a story real.  So many times, it isn't about the activities that I create but about how their mind interprets the stories they hear.  I try to always listen and jump at an opportunity when it presents itself so that we can fully experience all the things that life has to offer.

How do you see your children bringing books to life in their every day adventures?  How can you help that process along?

Sparkle Stories is offering the first month subscription for only $1. They have several story series to choose from based on your children's ages and interest.  I hope your kids enjoy!!

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