Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poem #21 & TV Turnoff #3 - A Roll of Foil

For all time and in all corners of our world, children have played with small bits of things, making their own toys from very simple materials.  Even though we have gadgets and gizmos galore in our modern world and wealthy country, we can still do this:

Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.

This picture book about a young boy in an African village who builds his own toy vehicle out of wire scraps is a good story to recapture a sense of building something out of what may appear to be nothing.

If you are interested in allowing children to live out their complete childhoods, you may wish to read this article by Lenore Skenazy at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

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  1. I love this poem AND the book Galimoto! Our art teacher worked with our 2nd grade team, letting the children create toys from everyday odds and ends.

  2. Tammy,
    Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. What a cool art teacher...I'd love to see the toys they made. Happy Earth Day tomorrow!

  3. What a good idea, Amy! I think I'll share this book with our teachers. They will more than likely love it. ~ E

  4. Hi Eileen,
    It's a great one...I just love all of those "build it from scratch" books. We're similar-spirited, no?