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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!

:::

My daughter and I are completely in love with Martin and Sylvia, by the way. So thank you for everything you have done. We both love the world you have created and the care and warmth that fill each story.

~ Lee and Ciela, Rhode Island, USA


sparkle crafts – a mouse and a house

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Mouse Houses”, Sylvia finds a little mouse nest nestled in their woodpile. Working with Mama, Sylvia finds a way to build a new little mouse house by the edge of the woods, since the mice can’t live in the woodpile. You can build a little mouse house in the woods near you (remember to keep the little houses away from your home so the mice won’t get confused). Or bring the fun indoors with this sweet little hand-stitched mouse and a little house of your own! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – a mouse and a house” »


sparkle kitchen – breakfast burrito bar

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In Martin & Sylvia this week, Martin finds out that his good friend Peter is going to move away to a new house in a new town far away. The night before Peter leaves, the whole family has a sleep-over at Martin and Sylvia’s house. Though they have lots of fun sledding and playing games, Martin still finds it difficult to say goodbye.  

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a sleep-over, but from what I remember—even if I was going to see my friend again the very next day at school—the morning after was often a little emotional. The combination of late night fun and perhaps a few too many sugar-y snacks could be rough. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – breakfast burrito bar” »


NEW! The “Diversity” Audio Book

We’re excited to share our newest
Stories for Helping & Healing
Audio Book!

 

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The
“Diversity”
Audio Book


Three stories that explore
three different perspectives on “Diversity”
and the questions they bring, such as:
 
  • Is there a “best” point of view?
     
  • What do you do when you can’t see
    the other side of the story?

     
  • What if you want to be a part of a
    group
    where no one is ‘like you’?
 
These questions – and more – are central
to this particular look at Diversity. 

Our aim with this audio book is not
to prescribe or preach, but to
imaginatively explore
the valuable possibilities
that arise when diverse groups come together.

Our hope is that it inspires conversation
and new perspectives for young children.

diversity.audioThese stories are great
for ages 4 and up.

Find the
“Diversity”
Audio Book
HERE
. 

Continue reading “NEW! The “Diversity” Audio Book” »


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!

:::

Many thanks to Lisbeth and David for all your wonderful stories. We are a family in Austria and your stories are part of our daily life. We spent three years in the US and when we moved back to Austria I was looking for a way to keep my boy’s English alive. Thanks to Sparkle Stories, we a found a way.

My boys love to listen to your stories and I appreciate your meaningful parent education as well. Even our toddler who is two years old and wasn’t with us in the US likes to listen to your stories and seems to understand your English. When he hears the music I begins to dance and is totally present…..

~ Monika, Austria


How to Use the new “Diversity” Audio Book

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The words Difference and Diversity come from the same Latin root – which is to ‘turn aside’.  When something ‘turns aside’ something else, it becomes distinct from that original thing, it becomes clearly separate – it becomes different. 

So “Diversity” is a ‘turning of different ways”

I like this image of turning.  It affords a clear view with many perspectives.  When someone turns, you can see the front, side and back of them.  And the turning person can see all around themselves – can see where they truly are.  Much wider view than a snapshot – which is the way many people view the world.  One image is enough for them to make a decision about someone or something.  One image defines it.  And that is when the trouble comes.  

No, where there is Diversity (which is just about everywhere), one must see as much as possible.  And one must be seen as much as possible.  And for this to happen, we must turn aside, we must turn in different ways.

So the three stories in the “Diversity” Audio Book are about that turning.   Continue reading “How to Use the new “Diversity” Audio Book” »


sparkle crafts – diy wooden buildings

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Our Town,” Sylvia is a little distressed at the thought that their downtown might be changing. Daddy helps her to understand the process the planning committee is going through by having Martin and Sylvia build a little town of their own, imagining things differently than they are right now.

Perhaps you’d like to build a town, as well. Why not start with some handmade wooden buildings? Continue reading “sparkle crafts – diy wooden buildings” »


sparkle kitchen – cinnamon honey snowflakes

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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia, Sylvia wakes with a plan to build a fairy snow fort. The whole family helps build the fort together, working steadily all day. That night, they have a star-lit dinner within.

Doesn’t this story make you want to build your own igloo during your next big snow day? Think of the fun, bundling up and working out in the snow to create the perfect structure. Think of what a magical place it would be to have dinner, with the stars and maybe a few candles reflecting off of the glittery snow. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – cinnamon honey snowflakes” »


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!

:::

We just finished our 12th Day story [from Martin & Sylvia "Twelve Days of Christmas"] and it’s beauty and magic has left me in tears. We have been so touched by this entire series and it has been such a wonderful addition to our 12 days of Christmas. We often don’t have much to focus on between New Years and Epiphany and have so looked forward to our stories each morning. We have loved traveling to Tullyport with Martin and Sylvia each day and loved hearing about all of the wonderful characters there.  It was also great to get to know the Browns better :)

I am teary that it is now over…..I am in awe of how amazing David is at touching our hearts and I am so blessed that you all share your gifts and talents with all of us.
Thank you so much for all you do. I can’t imagine our lives without Sparkle Stories in it.

Merry Christmas and many good wishes for 2015!
~The Weller Family

sparkle crafts – painted story seashells

sparklestories.com | sparkle crafts | painted story seashells

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Sudden Story”, Martin and Sylvia witness impromptu storytelling in a park while they are visiting their Grandma. Delighted, the children try to figure out a way to tell their own sudden story. With just a bit of planning, you too will be able to tell your own sudden story with this week’s craft – making painted story shells (or stones, cards, etc.) Once you have your set, when the moment is right – or any moment that strikes you, really – you too can tell your own sudden story! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – painted story seashells” »


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