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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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Party Poppers with a Twist

Kids love to get into the New Year’s Action or any party with the opportunity for games and fun. These poppers are easy to make and fun for kids to get some party action. Filling the prize with notes, riddles, jokes, fortunes, and quotes adds playful writing into the fun.

What You Need: Recycled cardboard tubes (paper towels, toilet paper, or wrapping paper tubes work great!) cut into 4-6 inch lengths, tape, scraps of wrapping or tissue paper, scissors, strips of colorful paper or cardboard for surprise writing

photo of supplies: paper, tubes, scissors, tape, ribbon, and cardboard strips

Recycle holiday tubes, wrappings, and ribbons to make these fun party poppers

Play and Write! Show children samples of party poppers or make one ahead of time as a model so they have the idea of how they work.

1. Children write favorite riddles, jokes, make-up fortunes, sayings, pictures, and look up quotes to write on the colored strips of paper. Fold the strips accordion style.
2. Cut the cardboard tubes in half.
3. Cut wrapping paper 3 inches longer than the tubes. Decorate the paper with drawings and writing.

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Adult Playful Writing

Try taking some time to enjoy a little playful writing during the holidays and winter break. Donald Graves, a guru in writing education, stressed the importance of discovery writing for teachers. When we allow ourselves time to write openly and playfully, we become better at facilitating writing experiences for children.
Here are a few ideas:

Start playful writing journal to explore interesting ideas, new discoveries, dreams, and musings.
Collect bits and parts of writing you have as notes, lists, journals, papers, etc. Cut apart pieces and combine into a creative reconstructed poem, story or collage that includes photos/ pictures.
Design your idea of the perfect vacation, house, bicycle, work space, or any other place or object. Describe this detail and explore your desires.
Imagine yourself as one of the characters in a favorite tv show, movie or novel. Write a scene with yourself as a character.
Create a holiday story with children. Use traditional charters in new situations or makeup new characters. Use the story to make an illustrated book, create puppets to act it out, or put on a family holiday skit.
Artful Writing- bring out the colored pencils, markers, and pens and create a combination of drawing and words to explore an idea, interest, or space.

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