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Goodbye Gnomes!

November 4, 2013
Written by: Johanna

After a month of telling gnome stories, making gnome gardens, going on gnome adventures, and building a gnome world, we packed our gnomes up in individual little containers and sent them home with the preschoolers, where they will hopefully continue to spread their wonder and magic…

As earth-dwellers, the gnomes represent a way of life that is much more connected to nature and its cycles, than we humans tend to be.  For us, they provided an opportunity, or a doorway into that connection.  It was easy for most of the kids to leap into this imaginary world, and to make it come alive.  

While waiting for the crystals to grow, we collected leaves, sticks, stones, chestnuts, acorns, berries…anything we thought we might need to make a cozy home for our gnomes!  Some we added a little extra colour and sparkle to, before adding them to our gnome world (I’ve never seen so many sparkly sticks and stones in my life!)

Bye bye lentils, hello gnome world!

Once the crystals were fully grown, we used them to create a crystal cave.  With a playdough pumpkin patch and mushroom garden, our gnome world was complete!

To say goodbye and wrap-up the month, we went on a yoga journey with our little gnomes, remembering and re-creating all the fun experiences we had together. With the gnomes safe and warm in the preschoolers’ homes for the winter, it is my hope that the kids will continue to play with them and re-create their own magical worlds again and again!

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