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Questions for the Sparkle Artist
August 13, 2020
education

Questions for the Sparkle Artist

Did you know all of our Sparkle graphics were drawn by David? He is not just an artist of words, but a maker of images as well!

sparkle crafts: nine sparkle art projects
August 12, 2020
crafts

sparkle crafts: nine sparkle art projects

I've rounded up some really fun crafts from our Sparkle archives! We've got bath paints and nature brushes, collaborative paintings and hidden trail art...

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Artful Creations
August 10, 2020
storybox-playlist

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Artful Creations

Humans are naturally creative beings and each person has a different medium that works for them....

friday's kind words
August 7, 2020
testimonials

friday's kind words

I live in Burlington, Ontario. I’m 73 years old and enjoying every single story. Thank you for your free trial — It’s filling my solitude in a lovely way. ~ Sparkle Listener

Meditations
August 5, 2020
helping-and-healing

Meditations

...Below you'll find three short meditations to help little people (and their caregivers) ground and center. They are great for bedtime, or mornings, or anytime you're feeling particularly agitated...

Body-Based Solutions for Anxiety
August 4, 2020
helping-and-healing

Body-Based Solutions for Anxiety

....We've teamed up with Margery Segal, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, who's created a lovely list of tips and techniques to help with you or your child's anxiety...

sparkle kitchen: lavender and sweet orange mask spray
August 3, 2020
crafts

sparkle kitchen: lavender and sweet orange mask spray

For anyone even remotely aware of herbal remedies, using lavender as a sleep aid is a no-brainer, but the addition of sweet orange oil makes this blend particularly lovely for children. Most other citrus scents can be overstimulating, but sweet orange is relaxing and soothing.

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Soothe Anxiety
August 3, 2020
storybox-playlist

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Soothe Anxiety

When we feel anxious and worried it can be quite overwhelming. We experience anxiety not just in our heads but through our whole bodies...

friday's kind words
July 31, 2020
testimonials

friday's kind words

We have been subscribers for years and absolutely love it! Couldn’t imagine our days without having it. The stories put us in such beautiful places and spaces while we’re staying home during the pandemic. ~Sparkle Listener

NEW STORIES! Mrs. Castlechanter’s Magic Cabinet: In It Together
July 31, 2020
news

NEW STORIES! Mrs. Castlechanter’s Magic Cabinet: In It Together

Just in time for this very unique school year, we have a NEW story collection for you! Mrs. Castlechanter’s Magic Cabinet: In It Together...

Storybox Playlist: Stories for Fear of New Things
July 27, 2020
storybox-playlist

Storybox Playlist: Stories for Fear of New Things

The stories in this playlist explore new fears and how to acknowledge them and let them go.

friday's kind words
July 24, 2020
testimonials

friday's kind words

"My husband and I appreciate all that you guys do to create these wonderful, wholesome stories. You truly are helping us raise our five-year-old in a grounded, naturalistic way." ~ Barb

Sparkle Craft: Four Feel-Better Recipes
July 22, 2020
crafts

Sparkle Craft: Four Feel-Better Recipes

Getting sick or being hurt is never fun, but being prepared with a few things to help out is easy. We've found four recipes from our Sparkle Archives that will help when you have a little one who is sick or needs a bit of comfort after getting hurt.

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Help With Sick Visits
July 20, 2020
storybox-playlist

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Help With Sick Visits

The stories this week are all about needing help from a physician — be it a doctor, a dentist, or a veterinarian....

friday's kind words
July 17, 2020
testimonials

friday's kind words

[Our] son fell asleep on the floor in the dining room. Our pet rabbit stood by him, nudging him occasionally but generally just keeping watch. Another son pointed out that Winchester was like Sergeant the steadfast watchdog. “He’s a steadfast watch-bun,” he said. ~Katy

sparkle crafts: ideas to get you moving
July 16, 2020
crafts

sparkle crafts: ideas to get you moving

One easy way to get moving is to make an object or game that inspires movement. The projects and crafts below are a combination of games, art, walking, and play — all to get you outside and moving!

Body-Based Ideas to Offset a Life in Lockdown
July 15, 2020
helping-and-healing

Body-Based Ideas to Offset a Life in Lockdown

Even though our minds understand why we are at home, why we are separated from other people, and why we are wearing masks, our bodies struggle to make sense of it all...

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Get You Moving
July 13, 2020
storybox-playlist

Storybox Playlist: Stories to Get You Moving

Recently, we've been having unseasonably cold rainy days that have kept us inside. This often means less movement. Movement everyday is so important for our mental and emotional well being...

friday's kind words
July 10, 2020
testimonials

friday's kind words

Considering how often we listen to Sparkle Stories, you might as well be part of our sheltering-in-place bubble! ~ Sparkle Listener

sparkle crafts: cooking from the garden
July 9, 2020
crafts

sparkle crafts: cooking from the garden

One of the best feelings in the world is cooking from your own home-grown food. In this round-up, we've gathered recipes that you will easily be able to make from your summer garden. From a flower-y salad to purslane pesto to kale cupcakes — there's something deliciously veggie-based for everyone!

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