Resources for Creatives

Resources for Creatives

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

In March, I wrote a blogpost sharing why my family loves to celebrate the the change of seasons:

For the last three years, my family has made it a point to celebrate the start of each season. The Earth has given us a natural ebb and flow of seasons. The progress of time is marked by nature's quarterly rhythms. 

These seasonal changes provide the perfect moment to pause as a family and create a family ritual.  A celebration causes us to stop time and reflect on the past year - the growth, transformations, hardships, and joys. In the pause, we acknowledge our gratefulness. We also look to the upcoming year with anticipation and hope. 

Family celebrations should be simple and speak to each member of the family. It should include traditions that will carry on each year, as well as room to add new elements as the family evolves and grows. 

Honoring the Summer Solstice 

1. HONOR THE SUN

2. ENJOY NATURE

3. READ BOOKS ABOUT SUMMER

4. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS


1. HONOR THE SUN

-START THE DAY WITH A YOGA SUN SALUTATION

I wasn't able to wake up with the sun and watch it rise this year (two young kids, you get it) but it can be a great tradition to see the sunrise on the solstice. The next best thing is to do a sun salutation. I've attached a video of how to complete a sun salutation with Adriene (Yoga with Adriene). I enjoyed starting my day with a quick 10 minute yoga flow to celebrate the Summer.

 

 

-MAKE A WATERCOLOR SUN MOBILE

My children really enjoyed creating this sun mobile! All we needed was watercolor paper, paint, brushes, scissors, and string. I drew simple sun outlines on the paper, all three different sizes. Nora painted the suns with red, yellow, and orange. She used a spray bottle to move and blend the paint around. Once it was completely dry, I let Olsen use warm colored sharpies to color the back. I cut the suns out and with then out a circle in the center of each sun. I taped fishing line to each one and hung them up! Nora kept singing, "Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me"!

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-Create a "Ojo de Dios" Mobile 

Does anyone remember making these at summer camp? This is our 3rd year making this yarn art (also called God's Eyes). This year I decided to make them all using warm, sunny colors. We hung them like a mobile to welcome the sun and good wishes for this season. 

Sun craft | Ampersandmother.com
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2. ENJOY NATURE

- Go camping

Spending time outdoors is what summer is all about. Camping is the ultimate way to embrace nature and celebrate the long, slower pace days of summer. Plan a family camping trip and invite friends along!

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Camping | ampersandmother.com

- Play in water

Nothing says summer like water play. Celebrate the first day of summer, and really any day of summer, in water! This could be at the lake, beach, river, pool, splash pad, or a backyard sprinkler!


3. Read books about Summer 

Check out our list of books below. Books are a great way to teach children new concepts!
(Click on the images of the book covers - it will take you to the amazon page). 

summer solstice | ampersandmother.com

4. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS

- Build a fire 

Nothing says "summer" more than a bonfire at night surrounded by fireflies! In many traditions, building a bonfire is part of the celebration to celebrate the new season.

- HAVE A FEAST WITH FRIENDS

Find a poem, light a candle, and honor the new season with friends. Share a meal, build a fire, and sing some songs. I am blessed to be part of a potluck group that meets every week. On this solstice, we passed the guitar around many sang songs as the children caught fireflies. It was pretty magical!

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The summer heat can feel unbearable and schedules may be chaotic without kids in school. Take time to honor with warm and bright season. Find ways to celebrate the good things in your life!

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Strawberry Fairy Garden DIY

Celebrating seasons can be such a fun activity with children.  One idea for celebrating spring is creating a fairy garden. These little indoor gardens are a creative way to inspire imagination with children, while incorporating art and nature. Follow these simple steps to make your own fairy garden. 

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Celebrating the Spring Equinox

I love holidays. I love the anticipation of an exciting event. A celebration that is repeated each year is full of tradition and quality time with family. For the last three years, my family has made it a point to celebrate the start of each season. The Earth has given us a natural ebb and flow of seasons. The progress of time is marked by nature's quarterly rhythms. These seasonal changes provide the perfect moment to pause as a family and create a family ritual. Discover 7 ways you can celebrate the Spring Equinox with your family!

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5 Tips To Make Painting With Children More Enjoyable

 As an ampersand mother, I am always trying to balance family and work time. I have found that mixing painting and family time together can be a really enjoyable experience. 

I have provided 5 tips to make painting with children more enjoyable. They are foundational when it comes to painting with children, especially young ones! Some of these tips are pretty simple but I have found that the simple ones are the easiest to forget when moments get crazy. I hope this helps you and your little ones when you begin your next painting project!