Fox Themed Art Birthday Party

Daisy just turned 8 years old and asked for an art party. I love throwing parties and have managed to keep my children’s parties at home. This keeps the cost down, allowing me to treat the party kids to fun activities.

Instead of multiples of the the same gift we “echoage” our parties. This means we ask for a donation and echoage splits the money between a charity of our choice and Daisy so she can choose one big gift. Here is her certificate, highlighted by some cheeky foxes.

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Daisy recently completed a project for the school fair on the red foxes so we thought foxes would make the perfect decorative theme at her party. The Playful Foxes Cut-outs were just the right size to use as decorations and …

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….place cards on the table… and to add to party hats.

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The Playful Foxes Two-sided Decoration hung over the table with Daisy’s name to personalize it.

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Cute!

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As the party guests arrived they were invited to make a puzzle using “Make your own Puzzle” and markers.

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When completed they were put in a labelled zip-lock to take home.

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Activities in the basement included free painting.

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Nature’s Attire Creative Paper was the basis of a beautiful oil pastel creation.

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The paper has an animal on one side and a closeup of the animal on the other.

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Fox cupcakes with fondant were of course necessary.

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The gorgeous birthday girl, trying to demonstrate everyone’s hat!

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The Playful Foxes range is available here should you wish to deck out your classroom.

Happy 8th Birthday Daisy!

Compassion and Empthay

These are 2 skills which are so important for children to learn. They are also the most challenging. A friend sent this letter to a grade 3 student, knowing I would appreciate the sentiment and raw emotion behind it.

I cried, then decided to share it with Daisy as she prepares to enter Grade 2. I replaced the names in the letter and printed it out ready to read the day before school starts.

It got me thinking about compassion and empathy, skills I hope I am building in my children, as surely as they are constantly developing in myself. I firmly believe it is our responsibility as educators to help build compassion and empathy in our children and students.

The Fill a Bucket Series is a great way to introduce a class or even school wide initiative to promote kindness and compassion on a daily basis.

Fill a Bucket Series (Set of 2)   Bucket Filling from A to Z   Will You Fill My Bucket?

Choices of age appropriate books are now available, thanks to the author Carol McCloud, and we even offer a ready made pocket chart for the classroom.

Appreciating what makes us different is also important to building compassion and empathy.

Our Multicultural World Series of books introduce children to the major world religions and cultures and help to build appreciation and respect for other’s beliefs and customs.

Addressing some of the issues raised in the letter I talk about in the first paragraph, is The Juice Box Bully.

The Juice Box Bully

Bullying and the job of bystanders to act are addressed in this text. As always, using story to introduce the issue gives more children an opportunity to empathize without feeling threatened.

There are so many opportunities to encourage our children and students to develop their compassion. We just need to take them!

How do you help to develop compassion?

 

Welcoming Freddy

I have been slack with blogs posts but with very good reason…

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Frederick Rowan (aka Freddy) joined us on April 2nd.

He is a joy to us all and much loved.

Fred and the flowers

The flowers love him to pieces.

Thanks to Carolyn of CueLife Photography for the wonderful photos of our beautiful boy. A photo shoot with our newborn and his two big sisters was made stress free by this talented photographer!

Just one more gorgeous pic:

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