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Morning Light

by Jessica Lee
(Vancouver BC Canada)

Morning sunbeams

Morning sunbeams

Here is a corner of the livingroom in our small apartment where me and my two children, ages 5 and 2 spend time playing, storytelling and learning.


I created this space to allow my children to breathe and experience beauty and light. While situated by the window to look outdoors, our carefully chosen playthings reflect the beauty and light found in nature, coupled with a sense of serenity and quietitude.

This space also refects the seasons. Currently, the overhead branch suspends butterflies and bees (made with my children from wool).

Through play with things from natue, I wish my children to have strong creativity and a sense of freedom in their play, largely developed through open ended toys.

Many of the items we play with are made by me from wool, such as animals and people, or are made by others from natural materials such as wood. One of our favourite things to play with are silks, which we have dyed ourselves, including the canopy over the playstands. The playstands are made by my Dad. If not made, other items are found washed ashore or in the woods: seashells, pinecones, driftwood, rocks, and acorns. These are props for stories, used in building, or for (pretend) cooking.

My 2 year old daughter loves playing with the little people, gnomes and animals here. She cooks for them and feeds the animals. She takes them though walks over the bridge and knocks on the doors of the little homes. My 5 year old son enjoys building. Using blocks or wood he has cut to create houses or ramps for cars from the shelves. Occassionally, the two of them will move the stands to create a store, home, train or rocketship.

Mornings we are here. While I savour a cup of coffee, we chat, read, play, reflect and plan our day. This photo is taken in the morning, and I hope refects the care and love taken to nourish my children through their senses.

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Aug 18, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Hanna

What a fantastic and creative way to bring the beauty of nature into your apartment. I love the overhead branch with the homemade butterflies and bees!

Aug 18, 2008
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Beautiful!
by: Hanna

What a fantastic and creative way to bring the beauty of nature into your apartment! I LOVE the overhead branch with the homemade butterflies and bees!

Aug 17, 2008
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I think it is plenty unique
by: CalebsMama

To anon below - I think this entry is plenty unique. It is simply stunning, congrats mama!

Aug 17, 2008
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Love the light
by: Anonymous

I love the light on the playstands, it makes it so warm and inviting.

Aug 17, 2008
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Congrats
by: AngelaWatts

Congrats, mama, on your winning entry! Very pretty room!

Aug 17, 2008
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Pretty
by: Anonymous

Pretty, I can see why this entry was picked as one of the winners since the photography is very nice, but I think there were other rooms that were much more unique than this one.

Aug 16, 2008
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Thoughtful
by: Karina

A very thoughtful mother.

Aug 15, 2008
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Amazing
by: Jamie, Nanaimo, BC

Well done, it takes a lot of love and creativity. The children are truly blessed.

Aug 15, 2008
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good memories
by: Anonymous

A lovly thing to do. The children will remember it all their lives.

Aug 15, 2008
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Jessica and Creativity
by: Max

Cfreativity Plus !!

A wonderful exhibit - reflecting love and caring for her children and their welfare, including education.
Max
Port alice, B.C.

Aug 15, 2008
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Outstanding use of space
by: Kathy

It's lovely set up of possibilities of God's nature for your children to explore. How true to your surroundings. I believe the children will grow with a ture sense of nature, even tho they aren't in the midst of it. Well done parents & Grand Parents- you certainly can be proud! blessings to you all!

Aug 15, 2008
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A true winner
by: Val

I think if I were the judge I'd pick this one too. It is so great and warm and inviting and I love that you made so much of it. Even the playstands! Wow. It really speaks to me.

Aug 15, 2008
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well thought out with love
by: Rhoda

Amazing at how much care and thought has gone into this special space. It takes a special parent to create this perfect play area.

Aug 15, 2008
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Simplicity
by: Helen

This is just beautiful: so calm and simple and tranquil, so that every bright splash of colour, from a wooden rainbow to the butterflies or bees you made with your children means something.

Aug 15, 2008
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True Waldorf
by: Jessica

What I love about your space is that you and the children have made and personalized so many of the toys. Anyone with unlimited funds can buy a room full of gorgeous toys, but the creativity and handiwork here is truly of the Waldorf philosophy. I have so much to learn. Even though I entered, I think you should win.

Aug 14, 2008
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I love it
by: Anonymous

I love this space with the light. So beautiful.

Aug 14, 2008
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Yowza!!
by: Rachel

My eyes are like saucers at the beauty of this space and over the beauty of what you wrote. It so captures the peace and innocent imagination of childhood. SO inspiring, mama. Thanks for sharing!

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