Every year this park (located near the last Queens apartment that we lived in) hosts a Kite Flight – where kids are invited to make a kite, and then fly it. This year the kite instruction was a bit complex and in ernest mostly parents were making kites for kids… but it was great to get to Socrates Sculpture Garden filled with kites and see the lush gardens blooming along the edge of the park.
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Posted in Crafting, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, blooming, children, city, crafts, kids, Kite Flight, LIC, make a kite, NYC, park, Queens, Socrates Sculpture Garden, spring, wisteria on May 16, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Crafting, Fun in NYC, Parenting, tagged parenting, green, children, solar power, eco friendly, new ideas, innovations, inventions, water power, makey makey, urban park ideas, New Museum NYC, traveling with kids on May 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
After being inside the New Museum for a bit we tumbled out on to the street for a walk around the Ideas City Street Fair. Ezra loved the truck farm (its owners offered us some beans to grow at home) and the Mobile Public Park. The combination of gardening and trucks make his little heart sing. And we learned about new innovations being implemented in our city now — like this cool pool and the possibility of having a LowLine some day. One of our favorite new ideas is the ‘Make Anything Into a Key‘ product by Makey Makey – the kids got to play bananas as piano keys!
Ezra doesn’t like art much … which has always appalled me. I’ve been drawn to art for as long as I can remember. I could draw and paint and sculpt all my hours and days away if I was allowed to, so to have a kid who feels like he could take it or leave it – well I often wonder if he really did come from my own gene pool.
So when Ezra was telling me that he was making a puppet in school with his artist-in-residence teacher, he told me with great reluctance – insisting that he was making a mess of it, that everyone told him he was taking too long to create it. When I finally went to his art show/puppet show I was SHOCKED to find him holding the most detailed, intricate little face on a paper dress – AND he was the show’s director! He took so easily to talking into a microphone to the audience (of 3 grades of kids, and all their parents) and then proceeded to change his voice when he made his puppet talk. He guided his other puppeteers/students around, and narrated the story. I think he was being very modest when he told me his puppet was a mess, as it was the most beautifully detailed little nose and mustached puppet I’ve ever seen!
Posted in Crafting, Found Things, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, earth day, electric cars, green, kids and green, kids marching, marching, parade, parenting, recycle, save the environment, school on May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Ezra and his class had a march around the block one day during school in honor of Earth Day. They spent a few days making hats out of recycled things – then proudly marched around the neighborhood wearing them and holding their eco-conscious ideas on signs. I was so proud when I saw his sign insisting on ‘more electric cars’ to keep the trees happy (and – according to his sign – it will also prevent stick figure people from falling over and bleeding in the streets!)
As the sign says: “Gas cars is killing us!”
Posted in Crafting, Fun in NYC, Parenting, tagged Big Red Chair series, children, classic, crafting, Guess How Much I love You book, kids, Mermaid Theater, new york city, New York University, NYU, paper plates, parenting, puppet show, puppets, rabbits, show, theater, travel, weekend, what to do on March 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Last week we went back to the NYU Skirball Center to see another great puppet show put on by this troupe. It’s amazing how the puppeteers can be present yet you never notice them (dressed in black so that the recede against the background, and the puppet movements are so amazing.) My little theater goers are looking so grown up these days, and loved the bunny puppets from this classic book and the crafting time before the show.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Crafting, Parenting, Rainy days, tagged art, children, crafts, creative, drawing, fun, indoors, kids, Nancy Bevans, oven, shadow boxes, Shrinky Dink, winter, wooly creatures on March 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
While hanging out with our friend Brad in Connecticut, he allowed us to play with one of his Christmas gifts from his grandma. Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? Not only are they still around, but they come in more variety – including packs of large blank paper where you can create your own drawings and crafts out of them.
Coincidentally Brad’s Aunt Nan came over to the house with her own Shrinky Dink art that she exhibited in a local gallery. Check out her amazing shadow boxes filled with her own created creatures! And after finding this pinterest page of other ideas, I cannot wait to try my hand at making rings.