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Creativity and Imagination: Mexican Alebrijes

If you have young children you have probably seen the 2017 Disney Pixar film Coco. If you haven’t you should put it on your watch list. The plot may be a bit advanced for younger viewers but the visuals are enchanting. Based on the Mexican Day of the Dead/Dia De Meuertos festival, Coco tells the story of a young boy transported to the Land of the Dead where he has to find his Great Grandfather who can help him return home. Warning: This film will probably bring a tear to your eye! Disney Pixar’s Coco My children loved watching the spirit animals such as Dante and Pepita. Our viewing of the film coincided with the delivery of a package from my sister who had been working in Oaxaca, Mexico. She’d sent us our very own Alebrijes from the region. The small, carved wooden figures are the stuff of imagination. Each…

Using Story Baskets for Sensory Play

It’s easy to make your own story telling baskets at home. It’s never too early to read to your little one and cultivating a love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child. Why not make reading even more fun by using story baskets of props and engaging your child’s senses?! How to Make a Story Basket  Pick a story that you think your child will enjoy. It can be a picture book, story book, fairy tale, song or poem. You don’t have to have an actual book, as long as you know what happens so you can tell your child. Use toys and props that you already have in and around the house. Use your imagination: stones and twigs can represent different landscapes, pieces of fabric can be used as the sea or a river, soft animals can be characters and small toys or…

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