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Put Down That iPad! How We Get Our Kids Offline

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sparkle crafts: Get Offline: Art Supplies and Creative Play Materials for Screen-Free Days

With screens and the internet available just about everywhere, it might feel daunting to say to your family, "We're going screen-free today! All devices off." However, it's not so difficult if you have a few art supplies and creative play materials on hand. Children have an innate curiosity to explore their world through tactile experience and creative imaginitive play. Sometimes as adults, we forget that we too have this ability....

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

I love to talk about magic. I am happy to discuss magic with friends and strangers alike - and I have found over the years, that virtually everyone is open to that kind of conversation. When I say “Do you believe in magic” the answer is surprisingly ALWAYS yes - even from the most mathematical of materialists. The reason for this, I have found, is that everyone has their own definition of what magic is....

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

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Sparkle Weekly Wondering

One of the biggest perks of being a storyteller is that I am schooled in my own attention. In order to write a story about a lonely squirrel, I need to pay attention not only to squirrels, but to loneliness as well. I need to focus on the sensation of loneliness and recall times when I felt lonely. And because I write stories about virtually everything, I need to pay attention to everything, whenever I encounter it. I pay attention, I recall, and then I use that information later when I write a story....