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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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My daughter loves your stories and they have been especially wonderful since her baby sister was born. She listens to them while I am nursing or putting the baby down for a nap. This is a girl who has constantly asked for stories, all day, since she could talk. She also tells wonderful stories. I’ve noticed her diction has changed some since listening to Sparkle Stories. She occasionally even adds a tag line at the end of a story….Thanks so much for providing such lovely stories that also help us keep television out of our lives.

~ Cathryn, Portland, Oregon, USA


sparkle crafts – collapsible play tent

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Summer days are long. Blissfully long. With so many daylight hours in each day, there are many opportunities to make magic happen! With just a little time spent at the workbench and behind the sewing machine, you can create a collapsible play tent for your little ones. Putting the wood and sheet together just so elevates the whole experience from just a collection of sticks and fabric, to a magical play tent perfect for spending long, lazy summer afternoons. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – collapsible play tent” »


sparkle kitchen – cherry icicles

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In this week’s Junkyard Tales, the animals are worried about Mr. Flinch, the old possum. It’s really hot out, so they devise a plan to create a cool house for him under the Junkyard Warden’s air conditioned office.

Another way to keep cool in the intense heat of summer is to eat cold foods, like popsicles. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – cherry icicles” »


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 can’t help but feel sad as I’m downloading our final set of So Many Fairies, Sparkle Sleepytime, and The Willowbee Tree stories for the year. While we are all excited to spend more time with Martin & Sylvia and our Junkyard Tales friends, and we know that our old friends will always be there for us when we need them, it still feels like the end of an era. I don’t think I could ever thank you guys enough for what you do…. 

I think I’ve mentioned before that this is the best $15/month we spend on virtually anything. So thank you again for providing such a grounding and sweet and imaginative piece of our lives. And lots of love from our clan as we embark on Year Two with you.

- Jenn, San Mateo, CA, USA

 

 


sparkle crafts – dip-dyed braided flower wristlet

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | sparkle crafts

There is a time during the summer called the “dog days of summer” – it’s a time when the weather is oh-so-hot and it begins creeping into how everyone is feeling. The hot can make you feel uncomfortable, sweaty, and even…a bit grumpy. Martin and Sylvia are feeling it too, and their grumpiness turns into picking – picking at, and on, each other – all day long. So how do we cure pickiness? By following Mama’s lead and making something beautiful! Today we’re going to make a little bit of happiness that you can wear no matter how hot it is outside – a dip-dyed and braided paper flower wristlet – a sure way to beat any case of pickiness your little one may have (though that’s certainly not a requirement!) Continue reading “sparkle crafts – dip-dyed braided flower wristlet” »


sparkle kitchen – infused honey

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In this week’s Sparkle Sleepytime, Happy the Honey Bee deals with mixed feelings about being chosen to join the new queen and swarm to a new hive.

While they sometimes inspire a little fear, a swarm of bees can also be fascinating. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – infused honey” »


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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Thank you for the little post on the reality of family life. I’m sure we all needed it, as summer is upon us and school is OUT. It’s good to know who is behind the examples we set for our kids – real people!

When mom needs a break from activity and the outdoors, yet the kids are still full of energies, I get out the colored pencil box, paper and the illustrated field guild to birds. I place it all on our big square coffee table and put on a Sparkle story. We sit, we draw. Decompression time! Something about the combination of David’s voice and the hundreds of colored birds is soothing and inspiring. So, thank you again.

- Elizabeth, Sonora, California, USA

sparkle crafts – home team pennant

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | diy felt pennant

Go team, go!!

There is so much fun creating to be done this week making your very own sports team and sport! From uniforms to the game itself, Martin and Sylvia had so much fun coming up with teams of their own in this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, and we know you will too. Listen to the story and then come up with a sport and team of your own – remember, you’ll need a few important things:

  • A team name (What is something you love or love to do? Martin drew inspiration from a favorite animal.)
  • A uniform (Do you have an old tee-shirt you can decorate with fabric markers or paint?)
  • A sport or game to play (What game does your team name remind you of? Sylvia’s name had everyone buzzzzzing this week.)
  • A sport’s pennant to show your team spirit – that’s what we’re going to make today!

Continue reading “sparkle crafts – home team pennant” »


sparkle kitchen – hardtack

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia, pirates have invaded the local “Lake Days” celebration, complete with head scarves, gnarly beards, and thick pirate accents. Martin, Sylvia, and Daddy each play a part, captaining their pirate canoes and invading a friend’s sailboat to try to steal some pirate treasure. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – hardtack” »


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 have been meaning to write to you over the past year but..oh, how life gets busy! As we are wrapping our year up around here, we just had another wonderful Sparkle story experience that I wanted to share. My two littles ( who are now “officially” Martin and Sylvia aged – he is 7, she is 5) were having a very off day. I decided to check out the Helping and Healing stories about sibling rivalry. What a perfect break in the day for mama and babes alike! We all snuggled in our spots and rode the story journey together. The evening definitely took a turn for the better after that, as each could relate to the story, and find some healing from it….Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all that you do! Our family is blessed by your work!

- Amy, Derry, NH, USA

 


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