SunBee Friends, I feel so blessed to be part of the amazing alchemy of imagination and magic that is going down at NiaMoves this week at Whole Kids Summer Camp. I’d really like to share five things from today that were absolutely soaked in sunshine and sparkles and enchantment. You see, it’s hard for me to explain to people about this camp when they ask me because it really is so multidisciplinary. So perhaps these five jewels will help explain…
- I told the beginning part of “The Crystal and the Whale”, a tale about two children got caught in a storm at sea! Kids made journals and took some time to write and draw their responses to the story. One girl mapped out the entire island. Several showed me their interpretations of the famous “Warrior’s Tattoo” from the story. Another showed me just what a girl with fins on her ankles and a gill on her forehead, like the main character, would look like.
2. Theater teacher Gabriela Maya invited the kids to use sounds and movement to create the beginning of their play. The children began with creating a storm: one was the spirit of the wind, another pair were seagulls pulling at each other’s wings, and another twirled like a spinning tornado.
3. The plot thickens. Some kids become animals on the island. Another girl arrives: a human, but the storm gods do not like humans! Drama. There was definitely some drama.
4. Outside, the children work with artist Holly Hudley to create a totem. On REAL wood with REAL paint! I dunno, it’s such a thrill when you get to work with a heavy material like actual wood- not cardboard pretending to be wood, but actual timber!
5. Speaking of high quality materials: we all screen printed our own T-shirts! Screen printing is awesome…
PS. Another thing that brought me joy today, although it was unconnected with the kids’ camp, was the contents of the recycling bin at Nia Moves. Keep calm and kombucha on.