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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…

The Wisdom of Mary Poppins

The Disney film, Mary Poppins was a firm favourite when I was growing up. A story to capture imagination and songs that are not easily forgotten. I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the new Mary Poppins film at the end of the year. Watching it as an adult with your own children, you can uncover the wisdom in Mary Poppins’ approach. It’s the words from ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ that strike the cord for me. This has to be the number one tip for engaging children. Play Connects Us Children are wonderfully hedonistic in nature. They are motivated to do things that they enjoy and they find fun. Through play they learn and grow. As Lawrence Cohen, the author of ‘Playful Parenting’ states, “Play is children’s main way of communicating, of experimenting, and of learning”. This means that one of the best ways to engage a child is through play.…