Arrow-shaped Valentines

While my life is awfully pink and purple, naturally, living with two young girls, I find valentine’s a great time to explore how colors interplay. Pink can be obvious. But, what other colors can you put together that still feel valentine’s day? This is one of those exercises that is all subjective. Some people like…

Daruma for New Years Luck

Why? The Daruma doll is a harbinger of luck, associated with Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. In Zen Buddhism, action is a form of meditation. This sect of Buddhism is associated with the tea ceremony, chado, for example, in which the practice of preparing tea for a guest become a reverent, ritualized practice. Daruma…

Paper Poppers

Why? I love mischief. Tricks, jokes, and hilarity are deeply embedded in my soul. But, I work in a serious place. I invite my children to mature and to become more serious. I had imagined myself to be one of those parents (extolled in paper toweling commercials) that makes messes with abandon. But, it turns…

Paper Helicopters

Paper Helicopters Why? Making something that moves and floats on its own is powerful.  Perfecting a design is even more powerful.  This activity blends the power of pattern with the practice of prototyping. How? The basic premise is that a strip of paper can be fashioned in a helicopter.  The top half becomes the propeller. …

Dreamcatchers

Why? It began with a dream, or rather, a nightmare.  My daughter awoke complaining of bad dreams.  The horrors that she had seen evaporated once her eyes opened, but their specters remained in her mind, like an ache in the muscles hours after a fierce run.  Assurances were made.  Nightmares aren’t real.  Of course. But,…

Gnome Bowling

Why? Every family has a holiday tradition. Ours it turns out is to travel for hours across the state to then find ourselves spending most of the holidays in our hotel room. How we have come to this tradition is a tale that isn’t worth telling. But, what has come of this tradition are things…