Sunday, October 30, 2011
I am sure we all have seen, admired and marveled at the various patterns that our eyes have deciphered in the soft cottony clouds - a giant, a tiny baby, a strange animal, a ferocious monster or sometimes a scene of a big party going on in the sky. But are clouds the only ones which tempt us to see patterns in them, I think it is just extending the reigns of beautiful mind's imagination and voila we are called out by amazing ideas and patterns by almost everything surrounding us.
My son(when he was 2 yrs old) started recognizing the models of cars as 'happy faced', 'frowning', 'angry faced' or 'having a moustache' cars. And having the blessing of watching the world through his eyes, I am reminded of this fact every day - how enriching and exuberant this world is. The only gear we need to be equipped with is letting our mind, heart and senses lose on this track and explore as much as possible.
The theme of CROCUS 2011 is the five essential elements of life and we are celebrating it through some wonderful books from around the world as well as some interesting art/craft ideas based on these elements.
Here are some ideas for the craft activities that our little ones can do in their free time. I am sure, the temptation and lure of these wonderful craft ideas is such that even the grown ups will not be able to hold their imagination back for very long.
Lets begin the fun filled journey with the element 'Earth', by paying humble tribute to The Plants - our silent companions on this planet.
Here are some ideas:
Try creating different shapes, animals and plants with leaves, flowers and twigs...
Decorate greeting cards and envelopes with pressed leaves and flowers…
More animals with different leaves…
Lend personal touch to your notebooks, journals and diaries with transparent pressed leaves and flowers…
How about a nice pond scene with leafy fish ….
Use the fine veins of leaves to good use too. They can work as your own blocks for block printing. So load them with colours and see the magic…
You can even create an authentic tribal scene with dresses and head gears made of dry leaves and twigs.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead, send us the pictures of your children's adventures in arts/crafts using the five elements we have presented. We will add it to CROCUS gallery. Our email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!