So Much About Birds!
There are a million things you can do with a bird theme.
Last week I carted in bird books and stuffed birds, a nest and photographs, eggs and feathers. More than anything, they loved the feathers.
What are they good for?
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!
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 bird feeder, 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... even with the help of lovely weather. Sometimes you can spark a memory or a creative moment and sometimes you just sit back and peacefully enjoy each other.
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. Sometimes that is just all that we need.
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.