When left to their own devices.

Helena and her friend totally took the option of having a kids table and eating dinner outside. The adults were similarly keen…. weird that. So they set up their own table which included their babies and the associated paraphernalia of bowls, cutlery etc. Those babies were well looked after. It did not look like our…

Little things..

Helena is interested in little things, and she certainly isn’t the first. There were those Cottingly children who were made famous by photographing fairies at the bottom of their garden, there are those Irish little people… trolls… Tom thumb, Minpins, the Borrowers, the Slimtails (mice that live and talk like people)…etc. I am sure that…

All on her own

I hate baking. I hate that given any opportunity Helena would eat lollies, though she can make one lolly last 30mins (we had a long bus trip and counted time by lolly). Helena likes baking, actually she likes the decorating. Fortunately her fairy Godmother also loves baking and has the skills I lack (attention to…

Gardening group

We go to a Community Gardens Group around the corner from our house. It was, I think, Helena’s idea. She had an interest in gardening a way back, she built her own garden and was doing secret (well unobserved) gardening and I saw a sign at the community gardens so we gave it a go….

Bases

Helena plays bases, and this is one of the common games I see kids play. Bases appear at the holiday programme every session, when we go to our homeschool group, when we relieve at forest school, campground hosting… whenever there other children and even when she’s alone. They often have a place to sleep, a…

a Project.

I can’t always tell which of Helena’s project ideas are just her spewing ideas or something that she really wants to come to fruition so when she tells me a new idea I am guilty of: not fully listening, being agreeable but not helpful, being wrong when I run with a project that was just…

Helena’s interactorama

I made this interactorama under instruction from the client- Helena, who told me what she wanted some of which was less possible than other bits. I’m not sure how many of her ideas I took on board, I think there was a lot of her saying something with a picture in her head and me…

Poetry

This took Helena 30mins, she did if because of RNZ, we had to wait by the radio for the six words: high, still, stick, train, can, if. AT THE BEACH We are at the beach under the sun, We came by train, I’m licking an iceblock, it’s dripping down my chin and my T-shirt is…

artistic developments

I don’t think I make Helena do visual art, but I do like art. So she has books about art, and we visit art galleries whenever I get the chance. We play this game I invented to make her look at the art – where if she finds a horse anywhere in the gallery I’ll…

one of the things I like about my kid

She puts the same value on the stuff she makes as she does on the plastic stuff which comes in a box. She collects natural things that she places so much value on she carts them around for ages… yellow leaves, blossoms, pine cones, sticks etc. Check out her plastic slide vs her cardboard one,…