Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration

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Why not make something exciting this Saturday evening?

Kickcan & Conkers  is run by Yorkshire born Deborah  Beau.  Her blog is  not solely aimed at parents or professionals in the kids’ industry but for the child in all of us! Her blog is a wonderful source of inspiration showcasing handmade products, vintage things, art and illustration, craft projects, and animation.  Deborah also writes about bilingual and bicultural family life in the South of France.

Arenque Fumado / Salted Herring was first published in 1872. Since then the poem version has been learnt by many French children. Charles Cros’s fun poem provides great inspiration for making your own poem shaped like a herring, jellyfish or. . .

The Salted Herring

 

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The Smoked Herring

Once upon a time there was a big white wall — bare, bare, bare,
Against the wall there stood a ladder — high, high, high,
And on the ground a smoked herring — dry, dry, dry,

He comes, holding in his hands — dirty, dirty, dirty,
A heavy hammer and a big nail — sharp, sharp, sharp,
A ball of string — big, big, big,

Then he climbs the ladder — high, high, high,
And drives the sharp nail — tock, tock, tock,
Way up on the big white wall — bare, bare, bare,

He drops the hammer — down, down, down,
To the nail he fastens a string — long, long, long,
And, at the end, the smoked herring — dry, dry, dry,

He comes down the ladder — high, high, high,
He picks up the hammer — heavy, heavy, heavy,
And goes off somewhere — far, far, far,

And ever afterwards the smoked herring — dry, dry, dry,
At the end of that string — long, long, long,
Very slowly sways — forever and ever and ever.

I made up this story — silly, silly, silly,
To infuriate the squares — solemn, solemn, solemn,
And to amuse the children — little, little, little.

Translated from Charles Cros’ French by Kenneth Rexroth

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Three Neverending Stories

Why not make your own puzzle storybook? You get plenty of ideas by looking at the paper booklet that you can unfold to read three stories. A real Thinkibility treat!

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Photo:”small Girl holding toy windmill” by Vlado

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