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friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Just wanted to let you know how much we love the stories. I have 2 boys, a 2 yr. old and a 4 yr. old. We listen to Sparkle Sleepytime before nap, and they both love it. I like that it helps them relax and quiet themselves. (Some of the stories have become particular favorites. I think we listened to “Serena the Manatee” every day for 2 or 3 weeks- by their request.)

I’ve also used the stories on car trips and they work great there, too. Thanks for making something so cool!

~Katrina, McKinney, Texas, USA


Free Stories to help with Fears at Halloween!

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Oh Halloween excitement!

Romping about in the dark, where ghosts and ghouls,
fairies and firemen, kitties and other critters
make their way down lamp-lit streets in search of treats.

But sometimes, for young ones, Halloween can be a bit scary too! 

We crafted this Helping & Healing story for the Sparkle Podcast, in support of children who find Halloween a bit daunting, or who have seen or experienced Halloween in a way that has left them with fear. 
Continue reading “Free Stories to help with Fears at Halloween!” »


sparkle crafts – marionettes

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | dog and cat marionette tutorial

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Like Cats and Dogs”, Martin and Sylvia try to decide if they are a “cat person” or a “dog person”…or a bit of both! What kind of person are you – which do you like better, cats or dogs? Today you get to create your very own perfect pet marionette – or string puppet – whether it’s a cat or a dog (or both!) Continue reading “sparkle crafts – marionettes” »


A Free Story to help with Fear of the Dark

Halloween is so exciting!

Romping about in the dark,
where all sorts of Halloween creatures roam in search of treats.

But sometimes, for young ones,
Halloween can be a bit scary.

The dark can play tricks on the eyes,
and the shadows can become frightening.  

We crafted this Helping & Healing story
for the Sparkle Podcast,
in support of children who are afraid of the dark,
and are concerned about Halloween night.

It is called:

“The Dark”

The story:

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It’s autumn: the days are getting shorter, and the dark comes earlier. Martin is feeling nervous. He can’t see as well at night, and he worries about shadows and things he can’t see. All of it makes it difficult for him to go to sleep at bedtime. Continue reading “A Free Story to help with Fear of the Dark” »


sparkle kitchen – popcorn balls

sparklestories.com | popcorn balls | sparkle kitchen

In this week’s So Many Fairies Halloween story, Henry and his new friend, Brie, discover the fun of trick or treating at the Davis Heights story houses where, instead of giving candy, the residents tell magical stories.

While I don’t remember trick or treating for stories, I do recall a few special houses we looked forward to visiting every single Halloween. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – popcorn balls” »


A giant Halloween treat: FOUR Free Stories!

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We have an absolute
HEAP of Halloween stories!

We love Halloween,
and we enjoy sharing that in all ways!

The following four stories
are the four “hidden” stories from the last four weeks of our “trick-or-treat” game.

And below that you’ll find links to EVEN MORE!


Hold out your Halloween bag…..


TRICK OR TREAT!

 


1. “The Magician and the Knight”

This story is about Ellie and Arnold, two 6 year old twins who share a wonderful idea: what would happen if all the children suddenly turned into their Halloween costumes – what if the children dressed as wizards, tigers, scarecrows and baseball players actually became wizards, tigers, scarecrows and baseball players?!


This story is from the
By Thistle By Thimble Series. Continue reading “A giant Halloween treat: FOUR Free Stories!” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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I don’t know who gets more excited on Friday when the new stories arrive, my girls or myself. But it is indeed a great cheer as I tell them “new stories from Martin & Sylvia!” followed by “yeah!!!” from my 4-year-old, and little dance of my 1-year-old as she listens to the beginning music. It is truly a joy! Thank you!

~Tomoko, Bakersfield, California, USA


sparkle crafts – collaborative accordion book

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia:  saturdays! | accordian book

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Waiting For The Sparkle”, Martin gets to talk with an author and learns a bit about the writing process and about how writers find inspiration for their books. How they wait for the sparkle of an idea to start their stories rolling. Today we’re going to make simple accordion books so you can tell stories of your own…but instead of drawing or writing by yourself, you’ll be working with a friend or sibling to create a unique story that’s only possible with two people. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – collaborative accordion book” »


sparkle kitchen – herb-y squash risotto

sparkle stories.com | sparkle kitchen | herb-y squash risotto

In this week’s So Many Fairies story “Quincy and the Golden Gourd”, Kalebas, the golden gourd fairy, has been looking for just the right place to plant a magical autumn gourd seed. He waits and waits until he sees a boy named Quincy who appreciates small, unnoticed things.

I think all autumn gourds are a little magical. Not only is there so much scope for imagination in carving the shells, the beautiful golden insides are just begging to be cooked up in interesting ways. While I love pumpkin pie as much as the next person, more often than not I end up roasting autumn gourds into more savory preparations.

One of my favorites is this herb-y squash risotto. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – herb-y squash risotto” »


An Audio Story for Children (and Families) worried about Ebola

The other day, I encountered a man lying down on a busy street corner and the two of us made eye-contact.  He reached out his hand and without hesitation, I took it.  He then smiled and said, “You saw me.  Thank you”.

My inner response surprised me.

When I let go of his hand and wished him well, the thoughts that lingered in my mind were not those of welcome or gratitude or compassion – it was of ‘ebola’.  I was worried in the moment about touching him.

I am not proud of that internal response, but I do want to see it clearly and honestly.

The word ebola is in all of us now – even though the actual ebola virus exposure in this country is tiny – a fraction of a fraction of a fraction.

So what does this mean? Continue reading “An Audio Story for Children (and Families) worried about Ebola” »


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