Posts tagged ‘community’


 

On 10 February, Chinese New Year celebrations began across the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Snake. The fifteenth and final day of the celebration is commemorated with the YUAN XIAO JIE, or the Festival of Lanterns. Children and adults carry lanterns in a parade during a full moon. Learn how to make your own lantern to light up the sky on the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, 25 February!


Here at the Barefoot Books Studios we love to read My Mama Earth, so it was only natural that we incorporated some of the great watercolour illustrations into an inspired craft. Read on for instructions on how to make your own tropical fish with brilliant features.


To mark National Storytelling Week (28 January to 3 February), we are teaming up with Giraffe Restaurants to present ‘Tell Us A Story’ – a week devoted to getting children excited about turning those pages.


Do your children enjoy music? Mine thrive on it – and so, it seems, do the children whose parents buy our Singalong Songs, and the families who like to spend time in our Oxford studio. I love to watch little ones sway and groove to the music we play as they explore the studio and its treasures.


We’re in the thick of the festive season and were wondering how families celebrate this time of year. We asked our friends on our Facebook page and were so excited by all of the responses (nearly 100!) that we wanted to share some of them them all with you. Read on for some favorites!


It has been said that the world does not lack for wonders; what it can and does suffer from is our lack of ability to wonder. As a little girl, few things awoke my sense of wonder as much as the Christmas tree that stood in our hall each Christmas. I hasten to stress that the tree was far from being an artistic masterpiece; it was more of a ramshackle assemblage of every child’s rather wonkily-made ornaments; clumps of tinsel; bags of chocolate pennies (these disappeared extremely fast); erratically arranged angel hair; rather garish lights; and a papier-maché star that was usually lopsided. Still, to my young eyes it was an object of deep wonder.


This time last year, I was present-hunting in Exmouth Market, London, when I came across an enchanting selection of hand-woven cotton toys. When I noticed that they had been produced by a company called Barefoot Ceylon, I was even more intrigued. I bought two of the animals as Christmas gifts for Nancy and her husband Marty.


For Jewish people everywhere, Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates miracles and is often enjoyed with festive family celebrations that include the making (and eating!) of delicious potato pancakes called latkes, playing a game of dreidel, and lighting the candles of a menorah.


It is always fascinating to follow the journeys books make once they have come into the world. One thing you can guarantee in advance is that their journeys will be unpredictable.


No story I heard last week has touched me as much as this one. It comes from a girlfriend, Annabel Huxley, who on Thursday evening ran a debate at the Zoological Society of London on the animals we cannot survive without. Here is the story, with thanks to Annabel for sharing.