My son got invited to a birthday party for a fellow geekling. Birthday invites are a good thing, right?
Except the birthday girl is one of my wonderful Little Leafers nature study students, as well as the daughter of a friend and fellow geeky homeschooling mom… so the gift should be somewhat personal.
And I had no clue what to get her!
Cue mild panic attack.
Then, Geek Dad shared a link to a fully awesome bowtruckle tutorial on their Facebook page.
(If you don’t know what a bowtruckle is, they are teeny tiny little magical creatures, that look like twigs and leaves, who guard the trees whose wood is used to make magical wands.)
I checked it out and I already had everything I needed in my craft supply stash. Score!
The story of Harry Potter has inspired a love of literacy among innumerable children. The story is so engaging that many adults are unashamed to be caught with the YA novels and even pre-readers love the audio books.
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Something about Christmas time always seems to bring the geeks out of the woodwork (or away from their game consoles, which ever the case may be). Perhaps it is the Doctor Who Christmas special we wait [im]patiently for, or perhaps it is the stack of brand new fantasy books we know we’ll find under the tree on Christmas morn. In any case there is no shortage of geeks catching the Christmas spirit and finding unique ways to make their holidays reflect who they are. (more…)
Winter is upon us. LittleMan and SunnyGirl have been enjoying sledding down the small hill in our backyard and there is talk of putting up the Christmas tree soon.
One of my favorite classic winter decorations is the humble paper snowflake. A great exercise in creativity, an excellent way to study symmetry and early multiplication, as well as being fun fine motor practice. For the little ones, a simple circle with some triangles and diamonds cut out is wonderful, but the older we get the more complex our designs tend to become. This year I decided to take a little extra time and design our snowflakes after some of the symbols we find in the Harry Potter universe. It took a bit of time but I’ve made my designs into a simple template so that all you Potterheads can recreate these snowflakes to decorate your own windows at home with.
If you are a Harry Potter fan and you happen to live in England then you’re lucky enough to have a world of Harry Potter at your doorstep.
When we lived overseas, we (more…)
Welcome back! We’re jumping into second semester feet first with wizards theme week. If you’re like me then you have a hard time picking your favorite wizard, between Gandalf, Merlin, Elminster Aumar, etc.. there are just too many to choose a favorite. That said, when it comes to children hooked on fantasy, who doesn’t love a wizard they can relate to, perhaps one closer to them in age.
Thats right, I am talking about none other than Harry Potter.
So you’ve got a Potterhead* on your Christmas list and you aren’t sure what to get them?
Keep reading for awesome Harry Potter gift ideas that any Potterhead would surely love. (more…)