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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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All of you on the Sparkle Team have made such wonderful contributions to our lives. We end each day by listening to stories and this has made our evenings so much more peaceful and happy with warm, creative and inspiring stories to help us wind down and cozy up. We can really feel the love and care that goes into each one.

~ Kathie, Morgaine and Ronan; Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

 


Three FREE Scripts for magical Halloween Events


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Imagine: it’s Halloween evening.

You and your children join with friends on the edge of the woods, and follow a candle-lit path, in search of the answer to an exciting mystery. 

With wide and delighted eyes, your children encounter colorful characters, music and song, dancing and merriment. 

When the adventure comes to an end, and you bid farewell to the woods, you and your children are filled with a bubbly sense of wonder growing from the magic that is Halloween.

Wonderful, right?

You can create this.

In your neighborhood or school. 
In your back-yard or field.

You don’t really need a forest,
or even a bunch of fancy costumes.

All it takes is a script, some playful actor volunteers,
a sense of adventure,
and an intention to spark the imagination of children.

We’ve done it for the past seven years, and we know how wonderful it can be.
For children AND parents.

And we have the scripts to help you!

They are free and they contain production notes to encourage you along your way. Continue reading “Three FREE Scripts for magical Halloween Events” »


sparkle crafts – furoshiki lunch bag wrap

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | furoshiki wrap

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Lunch Boxes”, Martin and Sylvia set out on a quest to find new lunch boxes so that they can carry their lunch wherever they please, just like Martin notices other people doing. When they’re unable to find just what they’re looking for, they make lunch boxes instead!

All around the world people have had to figure out a way to bring their lunch with them when they travel – either to work, to school, or just out on a picnic. In Japan, there is a special wrapping called furoshiki that has traditionally been used in place of a lunch box. It’s a relatively simple basic skill to learn, but it can make for a most magical lunch-carrying experience, indeed! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – furoshiki lunch bag wrap” »


sparkle kitchen – train car french toast

sparklestories.com | sparkle kitchen | train car french toast

In this week’s Junkyard Tales, the animals awake one morning to the entire junkyard shaking. They’re alarmed. Is it an earthquake? A hurricane? A dragon?

Sally the chipmunk is the only one who actually sees the source of the shaking and noise: a big, long, metal truck-like creature that rides along the iron tracks outside the Junkyard fence. What could it be?

Of course, the animals eventually learn that the big creature is a train. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – train car french toast” »


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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sparklestories.com | friday's kind words

My daughter was definitely inspired by Sylvia. She scrubbed her feet with a nailbrush and stomped in a big pan of tomatoes. Thanks for the fun!

~Catt, Portland, Oregon, USA


sparkle crafts – pressed leaf wreath

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | pressed leaf wreath

What’s happening in your area this time of year – are the nights getting cooler? and the leaves starting to turn? 

Perhaps you live someplace where the leaves don’t turn and fall.

Either way, whether the leaves you collect are red and orange and yellow or still a brilliant green, this pressed leaf wreath is fun to make!

Join Martin & Sylvia with this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “True Colors,” as they collect leaves, preserve them, and turning them into something newly beautiful.
Continue reading “sparkle crafts – pressed leaf wreath” »


All About “Martin & Sylvia”, plus TWO Free Stories!


We are celebrating Martin & Sylvia this week,
as we head into autumn. 

Because we know that
(more than almost anything)
Martin and Sylvia love to celebrate the seasons!

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Oh, there are so many interesting things
to know about Martin & Sylvia!

FOR INSTANCE:

:: David created “Martin and Sylvia” spontaneously one night eight years ago, while telling a story during a tricky bedtime.
Continue reading “All About “Martin & Sylvia”, plus TWO Free Stories!” »


sparkle kitchen – blackberries with cream

sparklestories.com | sparkle kitchen | blackberries with cream

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia, Martin and Sylvia’s family have been invited to join friends at their mountain cabin in the woods for a weekend of blackberry picking! Everyone is excited to hike the many trails to the lake and waterfall, and, of course, pick some beautiful blackberries.

While berries are good in a variety of dishes and desserts—pie, cobbler, ice cream, and on and on—really good, fresh-picked berries rarely require that much fuss. In season, our local blackberries are so big, fat, and juicy that we often have them plain for dessert or with just a little whipped cream.

If you’ve never made homemade whipped cream before, it’s definitely worth the tiny extra effort it takes. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – blackberries with cream” »


Stories of surprise, magic and wonder: “By Thistle By Thimble” Series

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Stories about elderly knights
and brave princesses.

Stories about garbage maidens
and fools’ sons.

Stories of surprising valor,
and
hidden beauty.

Stories of bold challenges,
and wonderful secrets

The magic in the back corners,
the delight in the small moments
.

These are the stories in the By Thistle By Thimble
Subscription Series.

In every story is a bit of surprise, a bit of magic and plenty of wonder.
The stories will leave you inspired, tickled and a little spellbound.

(We recommend them for ages 6 and up, but youngers may enjoy too!)


tales.of.world.and.wonderWould you like to have a listen?

Here are TWO FREE STORIES
from the
By Thistle By Thimble Series!

Plus a SWEET DEAL on the
By Thistle By Thimble Sample Pack!
(50% off!)
Continue reading “Stories of surprise, magic and wonder: “By Thistle By Thimble” Series” »


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 take a moment to thank you for the truly fabulous stories that y’all create and share with all of us each week! Our family is so grateful to be a Sparkle family and our days wouldn’t be the same without a Sparkle Story or two! The girls fall asleep listening to a story each night, and we often listen to them in the car as well. It’s so wonderful to have such sweet stories as a part of our day. As a home school family we were over the moon to have had the “Butterfly Gifts” story to enjoy during the back to school time! We loved that story so much that we just had to add At Home With Martin & Sylvia to our subscriptions!
~ David, Shell, Grace & Emma, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

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