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Making Breakfast Sensory Play from Felt: Tracing Shapes

Felt breakfast

Felt breakfast. Image copyright Malika Bourne

There is some very nice sensory play items on the commercial market. But, I prefer to make my own felt shapes versus purchasing manufactured products.

This multi-part post will show you how to get started making economical  felt shapes for pre-school children and younger grade school children.

Making felt items for kids to experience texture and shapes is requires minimal artistic skills and few tools. READ MORE


Thoughts on Day of the Dead and Death Celebrations and Real Life Death and Dying.

In this post I want to address the part of the process of life: Death and Dying. With Halloween festivities quickly approaching, I want to remind parents that children look to us adults to set the examples about life and death.

I wonder if our children and grandchildren get confused  about loved ones dying with all the carrying on at Halloween time or with creepy cartoons.. READ MORE


Did You Know that Skeletons are Functional Not Creepy?

Duct Tape with a skeleton design covers boxes and jars for fun conversation starter with the family.

Duct Tape with a skeleton design covers boxes and jars for fun conversation starter with the family. Copy right Malika Bourne

With Halloween decorating ideas being marketed all over America we will see lots of spooky skeletons that creep out the kids. But, have you ever told your children that the bones that make up our skeletons have 6 major functions?

Now, that is important to know and hardly spooky at all.

  • With any holiday some people may have a tendency to twist  concepts way out of proportion: Halloween and skeletons is one of those things.
  1. For some people or groups the  skeletal  remains have  religious meaning.
  2. For some age groups  skeletons are fun way to carry something to an extreme; individuation based on fear of the unknown.( Get the facts on this subject then the unknown is  no longer an unknown to be feared.)
  3. Images and talk of skeletons produces the strong emotions that marketing experts run to the bank with…because..EMOTIONS sell product with huge  profits. Ghoulish images can upset some groups(with  good intent) who may chose to become very vocal with their perception of skeletons being “evil” . Can we consider how these complaints add to the market frenzy with the heightened interest that increase sales in the out of bounds ideas. (That is lop-sided , I know.)
  4. Medical doctors and scientists make a good living after having studied bones/ skeletons in order to help people stay well or heal.(that is a very good thing!)

If we were to look at “just the facts” about what a skeleton is and what is does for every body, I think we may be able to get some “balance” in a learning situation. READ MORE