It's winter! There hasn't been much snow on the ground, so here are some fun, sensory activities to bring the winter play indoors. And join us January 28 at the Park Slope Library for our Free Family Art Day exploring snowy stories and sensory play.
Materials: Watercolor paper, watercolor paints, brushes, white crayon, salt
Tabletop Snow Forts
Materials: Paper, water, white dissolving packing peanuts (“magic noodles”), aluminum foil, glue
Materials: Water bottle, clear glue, silver glitter, snow sequins, hot glue or Krazy Glue, paint, paint brushes, pipe cleaners
Dusk ~ Uri Shulevitz
The Snowy Day ~ Ezra Jack Keats
First Snow ~ Peter McCarty
Penguin on Vacation ~ Salina Yoon
Tracks in the Snow ~ Wong Herbert Lee
No Two Alike ~ Keith Baker
Best in Snow ~ April Pulley Sayre
The Mitten ~ Jan Brett
When It Snows ~ Richard Collingridge
Happy New Year from all of us at Spellbound Theatre!
As we begin 2017, I've been thinking a lot about the power of stories in our lives. Stories are uniquely human - no other animal (that we know of) tells stories. The act of storytelling helps us make meaning and connections with the world around us. Stories allow us to see things from another person's point of view, and imagine ourselves in a world different than the one around us.
Our audiences, ages 0-5, are still young enough that they are largely unaware of the tumultuous arguments happening in the adult world, arguments about health care, national security, climate change, and social justice. But we have seen what happens in the adult world when we are no longer able to see the world from others' points of view, when we are lack the imagination to see the world as different than our immediate experience.
At Spellbound, we believe that the young children in our audiences must be equipped so that when they enter the complex and contentious adult world, they are armed with critical thinking, creativity, and empathy. We are more committed than ever to providing storytelling experiences that invite children to stretch their imaginations, listen to and share with one another, and provide multiple points of view on how the world might be.
Storytelling is crucial to our ability to respond to a complex world, to make sense of diverse experiences and perspectives, and to see the potential for magic, transformation, and connection all around us. In the spirit of New Year's, I offer these three commitments for the children in our lives:
May 2017 be full of stories, surprise, and discovery! Your little ones are getting bigger and bigger each day, and it is an honor to be a part of their growth.
Happy New Year!
and the artists, staff, and Board of Spellbound Theatre
Lauren Jost, Director