There are a million things you can do with a bird theme.
What are they good for?
They came up with a fun list. Tickling, dusting, hats, painting and writing, pillows, sneezing, even speech therapy! We practiced speaking with a feather in front of our mouths. A few of us decorated out hair!
Of course...the peacock feather was the favorite! We tried balancing them in an open palm. (It looks like an impressive trick actually) Libby teased us by holding it the longest and then we noticed she had it tucked between her fingers!
She's posing AFTER her stunt in this photo!
We talked about the famous artist and looked at his incredible bird paintings.
Then we decorated bookmarks with Audubon stickers and dangling feathers.
I've got mine tucked into a book already.
Bird Day 2!
This Tuesday, the weather was so lovely, I thought we could continue the theme, outside on the patio!
A beautiful day with fresh air and breeze can only encourage our group sharing and fun! Besides, we might actually watch some real birds!
So I threw out bird books and puzzles and even an Audubon coloring book with felt tip pens.
Happy, just sitting
I thought that some of the pictures would stir up memories and conversation. We all have favorite birds. There are dozens of birds we could have listed. There are songs about birds and books with birds in the title. I'm sure each one of us had a story we could have told...about finding a nest or having a bird get in the house or a grandmother's birdfeeder, birdhouse or birdbath! I had about 10 stories in my head, I wanted to share.
But the group was at peace, sitting quietly...ignoring my prompts.
What I learned
You can't force wonderful conversations and thoughts and ideas... even with the help of lovely weather. Sometimes you can spark a memory or a creative moment and sometimes you just sit back and enjoy each other peacefully.
There was a moment when I was coloring along with Margaret and I started singing "Blue bird, blue bird out my window" a song I remember from childhood. The others all joined in and we laughed as we kind of forgot the ending. Then we all quietly went back to our books and puzzles and coloring.
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.