My grandparents raised chickens on their southern Minnesota farm. As a little girl, I loved all the animals on the farm, but the baby chicks especially. When they arrived, I was given a cardboard box and allowed to take a chick or two into the house to care for during my visit.
Yesterday, Zola brought two fluffy, peeping baby chicks home from preschool to care for overnight. The sight, sound, and smell of those chicks brought back so many sweet memories of my childhood. I’m happy that, now, Zola gets a turn to experience the wonder of brand new life.
Last week, I had fun collaborating with Zola’s preschool class and another classroom mom on this colorful mixed media collage. We put together kits of beautiful odds and ends for each child, then let them loose with blank squares of card stock, bottles of glue, and their own boundless imaginations. I may be a bit partial, but I think they did amazing work! The finished piece is vibrant and colorful just like the artists.
I love the make believe corner at Zola’s school. Or any place that encourages flights of fancy and provides tools for the imagination. Glimmering in shafts of afternoon sunlight, the dress-up clothes whisper an invitation to come and play, to inhabit the daydream.
58/365: dress-up in teal & tulle (preschool afternoon)
Yesterday was Zola’s first ever class field trip. It was my first black light performance complete with hyper-color puppets, and a gaggle of giddy preschoolers but no Pink Floyd to speak of…
Thanks to Imagination Theatre for Valentine’s Day Surprise: a play that dazzled us with a levitating circus in a sea of black and taught us that the key to happiness is to open your heart to the love and kindness within you.