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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…’
Story Cd’s with songs & stories to inspire, nourish & entertain by Australian storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong, all $24.95 each
The Story Tree & other Nature Tales (suitable for ages 5-10). Settle in & listen to original & ancestral stories of whales & frogs or turtles & magic tress, interwoven with the relaxing sounds of nature. Delightful earth-loving tales & songs to inspire care for the environment. Length 61mins.
The Troo Adventures of Salty Pete the Pirate (suitable for ages 5-85). Join Salty Pete & his Scurvy Crew for a series of adventures on the high seas! These humorous stories are hugely enjoyable as well as being geographically & historically educational. Length 67mins.
Molly Whuppie & other Wonder Tales(suitable for ages 5-10). An award-winning compilation of empowering global folk tales & songs to capture your child’s imagination and gently teach them a few of life’s lessons along the way. Length 36mins.
The Mermaid’s Shoes & Other Enchanted Tales (suitable for ages3-8). Stories full of the mystery & power of the ocean with influences from the environmental to the fantastical. With no scary stories it is suitable bedtime listening for children of any age. Length 60min
As the darkness of our nights increases and we head towards the shortest day of the year, winter lanterns can bring a beautiful glow of light to all environments. Here are a few ideas for how to make some:
Use Kite Paper (a translucent waxed paper in radiant colours) to fold and glue into any shape you desire, or even to cover a jar. Available in store by the roll $6.70 or a pad of smaller squares $8.80
Use modelling wax (a transparent wax that can easily be shaped and pressed onto jars) giving a stained glass effect. Available in store $2.85 per colour (a little goes a very very very long way)
Watercolour paintings (your children’s masterpieces or your own) – can be used in the same way as the Kite paper above. Painting paper available in store 75c per sheet.
Use tealight candles within and make sure you have a long handle to avoid the heat that comes off the candle burning your hands. 100% wool handles are great because of wools flame resistance qualities.
On the shortest day of the year take your lanterns and have a little walk, either through your home (with lights turned off) or through your neighbourhood. Invite others to join you and later, see if you can find some quiet inner time to connect with the flame that burns within you. An open fire is a lovely way to finish your lantern walk, especially with roasted apples!NOTE: The shortest day of the year, also known as the Winter Solstice, may be on 20 or 21 June in Perth WA Australia (I’ve found differing dates, you choose what works for you).
With school holidays finally here, families are relaxing or getting ready for a trip away and those still working appreciate the lighter traffic and general ‘quietness’ that comes with holidays. Autumn brings a breathing out for all of us and we look towards those activities we’ve been wanting to learn or do but haven’t had the time. Finally we get the chance to find a great book to read or a new jigsaw for the table for everyone to help with, time for games and laughter, for creating with crafts of all sorts, drawing and painting, days full of imaginative play or time to gently enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our shop with a cuppa and handmade organic delights.
Have your seen our beautiful 2 Storey Dolls Houses from Poland
or our quality beechwood Marble Runs
Both these products are two of our very favourite items at The Honeyclock. Our Doll houses have all the access required for inspiring great imaginative play, ‘playing families’: eating dinner, going to bed, climbing the stairs, and walking in the surrounding gardens while someone waves from the upstairs balcony. The long arms of our marble runs guide balls or a tinkling bell disk down in a mesmerising rhythmic descent. A fascinating and engaging toy, this run folds away easily, ready to be brought back out again and again for fresh new play.
How do you celebrate Christmas in your family? When you become parents, you get an opportunity to think about this in a different way. What traditions from your own childhood do you carry forward? Are there things you want to do differently? It dawns on you that you are creating your children’s memories – and the urge to make Christmas special and meaningful burns brightly.
Getting together with family – sharing food and gifts and time together – feature in most people’s picture. Can we call this ‘honey time’? Time that is sweet and fluid and oh so nourishing.
But it’s not all sweetness and light, is it? It can turn out to be a very stressful time of the year. Getting together with family often opens old wounds and there are so many things happening at this time of year that it can get a bit much: the school year finishes, summer holidays need to be prepared for, office parties, neighbourhood gatherings, Christmas cards to send, baking and gift buying… It can be a time of contradictions.
Here at The Honeyclock, we wish for you some sweet honey time. Relaxed, stress-free, uncomplicated. Some time to connect with your dear ones and nourish yourself. We wish for you a lovely break!
And, if you’re still not quite ready for Christmas or stocked up on your Dr Hauschka or cleaning needs for the three weeks we will be closed, pop in to The Honeyclock this week and see us! Our latest newsletter gives you a brief overview of our shop and some of what we have to offer you this Christmas…