Get Blown Away

A while back there was this fun little book we got called Windblown by Edouard Manceau. It tells the tale of random shapes being blown about and transformed into various creatures. At the end it prods you to consider what you would do with the shapes. Good question!

For this super-simple project, all you need is scissors and a few different colors of construction paper. From there, just cut out random shapes – triangles, circles, squares, cones, squiggles, whatever you want. Then simply start arranging them into different designs. Are you laying them out to create a whole landscape? Making them all touch to create a single object? Create a story of your own to go along with it? The choice is yours.

This explores shapes, colors, patterns, loose parts, imagination. This may sound like something solely for the younger crowd, yet you’d be surprised how adults will quickly start experimenting as well. If you can look at all these odd scraps and see a vision, you might just be one of those lucky folk who can actually assemble something out of a stack of parts and unhelpful directions!

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Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last seven years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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