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Kids’ DIY Manga Selfies

The kids are pretty interested in Manga these days. So, I thought I’d get them to make themselves over as Manga-style characters. When I told her about my idea, Bea, who had an amazing art teacher at school this year (xoxo Brie), took over and came up with the entire DIY! And, it sounded sooo fun […]

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Kid-Drawn “Cyborg Stories”

Although we’re nearing the end of the summer, I introduced the kids to a new art-meets-books project yesterday.  It’s one I hope to revive in various forms as we move into The Lunchbox Season: Kid-Drawn Stories. What did I do?   I asked the kids to draw a picture or series of pictures that told a story […]

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Three Surrealist Games for Kids

It’s been a little cold and grey, so I thought I’d get the kids interested in some indoor fun. Since we love surrealist games, I thought I’d come up with a few variations on old favourites. Here are the Three Surrealist Games for Kids we played! Exquisite Corpse  Supplies Blank Paper Pen, Pencil, Crayons or Markers Method […]

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Summer Books: Mapping Gulliver’s Travels

This week, we read portions of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and we watched two film versions: a somewhat-faithful 3-hour television movie from 1996 starring Ted Danson; and the first non-Disney animated movie from the late 1930s.  The kids had certain favourite moments from the tale. They absolutely loved the final two sections of the travels, particularly […]

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Summer Books: Sketching The Faerie Queene [Book I, Cantos i-iii]

Within five minutes, we had read about a knight, a lady, a dragon, a dwarf, a vomiting half-female half-serpent monster, and her combustible spawn….This week, we’re reading the first book of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and the kids are loving it! The first book features the adventures of the Red Crosse Knight [or St. George] and […]

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Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day Three

Today, I finished reading Beowulf aloud to the kids!  Beowulf and his companions return home to their King. After several years of service to Hygelac and, then, Hygelac’s son (whose murder is depicted below), Beowulf himself became the ruler of the Geats.  In his old age, Beowulf must do battle one more time. A poor […]

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Kid-Drawn Story Cards & Story-Telling Games

Today, we had a long train trip home from our trip to High Park, so I took the opportunity to have the kids both create and play story-telling games. They had their markers with them already. And, thinking ahead, I had brought along a big deck of blank white cardstock that I cut into small […]

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Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day Two

Today, we took our reading and illustration project to the great outdoors. On a misty, “drippy” morning, we sat on a bench beneath a cluster of trees in Toronto’s High Park. There, I read the kids our second instalment of Beowulf:  Just when things were settling down at Heorot, Grendel’s mother comes and attacks the […]

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Kid-Illustrated Definitions I: Utopia & Dystopia

As part of our summer reading and writing project, I wanted the kids to understand what the terms Utopia and Dystopia meant. This led to a fun exercise that we’ll continue throughout the summer and, likely, into the fall… ILLUSTRATED DEFINITIONS What is an Illustrated Definition? A handsomely written word, a single, kid-friendly definition, and […]

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Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day One

This going to be a lit-heavy Summer of Funner…And by that, I mean, we are going to read some of the “classics” and relate to them by taking notes, drawing, memorizing bits, writing about them, re-writing them, or writing original work inspired by them. And the theme of this summer? Well, that would be “dystopias.” […]

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Yesterday Books, The 2013 Edition

“Don’t be led away by those howls about realism. Remember-pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.” L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon. Each year, the kids keep journals to document all of their Summer of Funner activities. We call these “Yesterday Books.” In the Summer of 2011, […]

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