Fun ~ The 5th Freedom
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~ Introduction ~
This page evolves, so I hope you will return for the latest, with "no-pressure" goals ~ looking through these pages, like we look at life, there was need for fun. War, and sorrow, we are told, are part of the life experience, but fun is part of the healing process for personal repair, restoraton and resolution. One of the ways we re-assemble ourselves from disturbance.
Have YOU giggled with a child recently? What kind of giggling was it? Helpful? Sound? or with too much edge, or evil?...realllly good giggling has a nice after-effect.
We can learn a lot from our own laughter. :-)
FUN ~ the Fifth Freedom
Norman Rockwell shared a famous series of paintings, called "The Four Freedoms"
Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear
and inspired this title, for the logical reasons.
~ Labyrinths ~
Ancient fun, updated and once again popular, for fun, garden and meditation or art: done in mosses and low-growing shrubs and flowers.....or trace a path for fun in snow or sand, and play "tag"....or make it a craft challenge or wall-hung art project........Sacred places use them for meditative walks.
However your imagination takes them, they are fun and create interest.
Here are a few for starters, and you might find it fun, once you get into it , to invent your own.
All labyrinths have a "home" or center. The center is surrounded by several rounds of paths. The paths usually re-iterate the shape of the center, but not always ... some labyrinths share complexities between center and outer bounds....
but you can't get lost or trapped ...that is,
Labyrinths are NOT mazes ... one is lost in a maze, but found in a labyrinth, along the most interesting ways!
For Beginners, an easy one to make in sand or snow...done in a few minutes ... no shovel needed .... one can trail it in place with the feet. Then if you like the idea, try the fancier permanent installations.
Aztec icon,a fun thing from times past...sort of like a kitchen witch ...be fond of him and he is benevolent...Halloween fun!
...or a TV Jack o'Lantern, and so..
TV-Free! 25 Fun Things to Do When the TV Is Off
By Martha Southgate/ Inspired by the families in our article "Why We Turned Off the TV"
1. Have a tickle party. Wrestle and roll around with your children.
2. Blow the dust off those board games. When was the last time you played Monopoly anyway?
3. Have some friends over -- life without TV is a lot easier when you do it in a group. Try to organize your turn-off with another family or through your child's school. Marie Winn's influential book The Plug-in Drug: Television, Children, and Family (Penguin USA) is packed with reasons to live TV-free.
4. Let the children take every cushion off the sofa and build a fort. Crawl through once or twice yourself.
5. At the risk of being obvious -- read! Take the kids to the library to stock up before your set goes off and lay in a mountain of books. The older ones can read to the little ones when your voice gives out.
6. Share a skill with your children -- do you knit, sew, tie flies, play an instrument? Spend some time passing your knowledge on.
7. Take a class together. Isn't there something you'd both like to learn to do?
8. Go ice-skating -- have hot chocolate after.
9. Get to know the museums and historical societies in your town.
10. Stock up on books and stories on tape. There's an extraordinary selection available for the youngest to the oldest these days. Your local library has them for free, or ask at online "Search", for an ocean of sites to download or purchase.
11. Have a family letter-writing party. And no, not using e-mail, but pens, paper, markers -- remember them? If your children are too young to write, have them draw on the front and then dictate a letter to you to write on the back. Grandma, Grandpa, and faraway friends will be thrilled.
12. Set out a lot of good dress-up stuff and let your kids play with each other -- it might be bumpy going at first but you'll be surprised at what they can come up with without the tube.
13. Have a dance party in the living room.
14. Teach the children all the card games you know. If you don't remember any, get a hold of 101 Best Family Card Games (Sterling, 1994) by Alfred Sheinwold. For younger children, try Card Games for Little Kids (Workman, 2000) by Gail MacColl, which comes with a brightly colored deck of cards.
15. Bake something -- even the youngest can help with simple cookie recipes.
16. Cook dinner together. Mollie Katzen's Pretend Soup (Tricycle, 1994) has some terrific recipes.
17. Get crafty -- there are tons of books with terrific craft projects in them. Get one, get some felt and get to work.
18. Do something for someone else -- spend that afternoon you would have spent watching Pokemon or Arthur culling old toys to give to less privileged children or with older children, working with a community group or church or synagogue to help folks in need.
19. Can we fix it? Fix that leaky faucet, sew those ripped pants. Turning off the set gives you time to do some of those household projects you've been ignoring. Let your children hand you wrenches, or work on their own sewing (or for the little ones, lacing) projects.
20. Take it easy. Part of life without TV, for you and your children, is figuring out what to do with yourselves without the easy escape of the tube. Stare into space for a while -- something's bound to come to you.
21. See some live shows -- community theater, a dance performance, a music concert. Introduce your kids to the excitement and spontaneity of entertainment that's not taped.
22. Play outside. Even if it's cold outside, bundle up and go for a walk. Make a snowman or go sledding if there's enough white stuff around. Time spent outside every day is key to life beyond television.
23. Get photographic. Work together on scrapbooks or organizing photos into an album. Children love to see photos of themselves as babies or younger children, and they can help make beautiful scrapbooks that will become family treasures.
24. Take an evening walk together -- the days are shorter now and it will be dark well before bedtime -- time you might have filled with TV. Go see what your community is like at night. Maybe you'll even see some stars.
25. Laugh more, talk more, enjoy each other more -- the thing about television is that it means you never face each other. Once you start interacting more, you might find that you live with some pretty great folks.
01-01-2002 Copyright © 2001 Parents.com.
POPTOP VEST, HELMET, or whatever.....Materials needed:
Collect and clean poptops and/or crushed cans...
~small hammer & screwdriver with as wide an end as needed to thread through a poptop end
~metal file and sandpaper
~non-toxic clear spray acrylic
~enough fabric/trim of your choice to line, trim or bind
IMPORTANT: "rule one" of any metal work intended to be worn...no rough edges that might snag
and break skin or clothing is acceptable in the design or finished work...( unless youre into
dangerous apparel..in which case , stay away from me)
Poptop rings are threaded with tab end of poptop to create chains or chain mail,
as desired and bent over smoothly.
slots are hammered into edges of beverage cans, tapping the screwdriver head gently
to create the slot to receive poptop tabs for joining to the rest of the work.
Have fun visualizing and asembling a vest, for example.
the vest is done often with smashed-flat cans for chest protection , with the interlocked
poptops for the rest
A series of the cans makes a helmet , joined with poptop tabs
DON'T PAINT IT ... Just smooth jagged edges, clean it well and coat it with
non-toxic safe-to-wear clear acrylic finish to give it sparkle...
add a fabric lining if you like
...perhaps, in a metallic or bright color for contrast and comfort...
Spring owes everything to Winter's work, bears fruit in Summer, and Sings in Autumn!
watercolor by elle fagan