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Tuesday Tots: Bubble Wrap

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This post is NOT about wrapping preschoolers in bubble wrap. But it is about how much fun tots have popping bubbles.

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Today during a sorting marathon, I discovered two small boxes filled with hand-sized rectangles of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap became the seed of creativity for my two young charges.

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First, the fine motor skills used in attempting to pop the plastic bubbles brought intense concentration. Next came sound effects-boisterous shouts for each successful popping noise. And after introducing the ‘stomp-til-you-pop’ game while standing on the kitchen floor, squeals of joy and excitement filled the house.

30 minutes. That’s the minimum time they spent focused on small squares of bubble wrap. Moms, I was able to complete several tasks while supervising the giggly kiddos.

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Mom tip: Get (save) bubble wrap!

Other activities to do with bubble wrap:

– use bubble wrap taped to a cardboard tube to make a paint roller

– add bubble wrap to cardboard strips to make bumpy roads for toy vehicles

– experiment with the protective properties of bubble wrap (drop an egg?)

– press bubble wrap in play dough or damp sand to make prints

– add bubble wrap to doll beds for mattresses (tape securely with duct tape)

– cut bubble wrap to fit inside a freezer gallon ziplock bag; seal with duct tape; let younger tots pop bubbles through the bag

– make bubble wrap shoes and walk around outside to see how well they work

CAUTION: Always supervise any play with plastic. Keep plastics and bubble wrap away from faces and mouths.

It might be noisy, but bubble wrap fun will be music to your ears.

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Fun Friday: Rubber Stamping Holiday

Welcome to the wonderful world of stamping!

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Stamping is always a holiday of sorts, taking me away from the regularly scheduled program. Mixed media (stamps, inks, water colors, markers, patterned papers, trinkets, ribbons, glitter glue) form the foundation of creativity.

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One other ‘most important’ component of rubber stamping and creating is engaging with a partner. The back and forth bouncing of ideas, materials, and suggestions energizes the joy and productiveness of the hobby.

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In addition, two or more crafters mean combined stamps, tools, and resources! In essence, the community of supplies multiplies opportunities for creativity!

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Besides, it’s much more enjoyable to chat and solve the world’s problems with a friend while I’m involved in a fun pastime.

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I suppose this habit of working with a partner to be applied to nearly every pursuit in life: writing, rearing a family, hiking, building a career, preparing meals, cleaning, going to college, pursuing spiritual growth…

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Thanks, friends, for joining my journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A Tub Can Be . . . Creative Uses for Everyday Items

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Taylor and Chelsie enjoy a sticky treat while lounging in a plastic baby bathtub.

A tub can be . . .

Actually, a child’s plastic bathtub can be:

  • a snacking spot
  • a boat
  • a water table
  • a push car
  • a chair
  • a sink for washing
  • an actual bathtub
  • a container for small animals
  • a storage unit
  • a reading nook
  • a garden box
  • an art project
  • a doll bed
  • a watering tub (for animals or kids)
  • a pond
  • a fairy garden
  • a mud pie factory
  • sand box
  • a cat box (if one is not careful)

Taylor and Chelsie (circa @1992) are enjoying some good old sticky lollipops as they sit in the baby bathtub. It was no longer a bathtub at this point, but instead became the object of many imaginative games.

How about you? What other uses have you found for a plastic baby bathtub?


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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 16: Tami Charles Might Fail (and that’s OK!)

Not every day comes with a deluge of perfect picture book ideas. Some days ideas might shower down for future projects while other days are as dry as the Sahara Desert. Nada.

Thanks, Tami, for your encouraging words. Thanks, Tara, for STORYSTORM!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 14: Rachelle Burk Shares Resources

Do you need resources? This post (and Rachelle’s site) are chock full of anything a writer could need! Wow!

Thanks, Rachelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 13: Lori Mortensen Finds the Main Ingredient

Me? You? We are the main ingredients for coming up with ideas for new writing projects. Yes, that’s correct. We writers are the main ingredient. What does that mean? As writers, we need to listen to what interests us or causes us to ask questions like What if? or Why did that happen?.

Me? I’m going to be the main ingredient. Chocolate.

Thanks, Lori and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 12: Alicia Padron Does Nothing

Doing nothing (work related) allows the creative part of our brains to stew. Let ideas cook on the back burner. I do this, but I realize I also need to value the time to takes for those germs of stories and projects to come to a full boil and be ready to move up to the front of the stove. Patience sounds like a desirable character trait! 🙂

Do nothing!

Thanks, Alicia! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 10: Heidi E. Y. Stemple Keeps Every Single One

Oh, I am totally on board with this! Keep every single idea! Some will be good, some not so good, some good now, others won’t be ready until years from now.

The big thing is to keep them all. Now. If I would take that next step and LOOK at my files of ideas…

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Thanks, Heidi! Thanks, Tara!


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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 8: Annie Silvestro Mindlessly Multi-Tasks

Mindlessly multi-tasking is my choice-du-jour for allowing my creative side to enjoy some free play time (and hopefully toss out a few story idea sparks).

One of our hobbies (hubby and I) is taking motorcycle trips. I ride behind him, so my hands are empty and we don’t have a way to talk to each other, so I have all that talk-to-myself time. I’m working on one story right now that came directly from daydreaming and wondering on the back of the Honda Shadow.

I’ve also learned that wherever I go I need paper and pen. This goes for motorcycle trips as well. Other motorists often see me hunched over behind his back, jotting down ideas on my paper, fighting for control as the wind gleefully tries to steal my notes. Alas, it’s January, foggy, cold, and in Washington state, not a good time for motorcycle rides. Otherwise I’d say, “Pony up, honey, we need to take a ride!”

Guess I’ll do the dishes. Or sweep. Or bake something. And let those ideas flow.

Thanks, Annie! Thanks, Tara!

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