w is for wind

i was in charge of an intergenerational sunday school time on the topic of the holy spirit.  we made these wind catchers to demonstrate that even if you can’t see the wind, you know it is there because the fabric moves.  with church and preschool sharing space, we share these now too.


the children are surrounded by streams of color that move with every passerby.


i am surrounded by the reminder that goodness and peace are moving with us.


p.s.  to make one you need a panel from old wire shelving units and about 20 thrifted scarves. : )

w is for winter animals

we discussed ways that animals adapt to winter and hid some of our nuts to eat at home.

hiding nuts

hiding nuts

a paper “cave” glued to old mat board, covered with kleenex and paper towels, then nuts hidden inside.

hiding nutshiding nuts

we covered the cave hole with another kleenex.

hiding nuts

that way families didn’t know we had nuts in there.

w is for winter

welcome to winter!

feeling cold?

how about making yourself a fireplace!


still from this painting project, we cut flames and glued them to a big paper.

reading by the fire

(here we are showing our favorite pages from christmas books.)

favorite books

if you don’t have a bridge/boat, the kids think you could use chairs or a table on its side. : )

fireplace stand

w is for waiting

when we have to wait (which i try HARD to avoid), i’ll invite the children to copy me.


sometimes it’s too strange to do more than stare or laugh, though.


thanks, carol, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a photo of this in action…they are so cute!

w is for web

another year, another web.

spider web  - 4

spider web  - 1

spider web  - 3

this time an elephant came out to play.

spider web  - 2

our egg carton elephant named ellie.

one elphant went out to play upon a spider’s web one day

she had such ENORMOUS fun that she called for another elephant to come…

two elephants went out to play… (you get the idea!)

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elephant on spider's web! - 1

then we had some elephants walk on our own paper spider webs.

elephant on spider's web! - 2

elephant on spider's web! - 3