I met with Kylie yesterday – she has been doing a placement for her studies in early childhood education and had a great book with her – called Windblown…



It’s about these 7 paper shapes that are blown about by the wind into different creatures, and she uses them with children to make their own shapes and drawings. We had a play with them too, and made different things…

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What I was struck by, beside the fun of playing with shape and colour, was the quote from Aristotle at the start of the book which says:
“Riches consist more in use than in possession.”


This seems to me such an optimistic and egalitarian idea – we don’t have to have a lot, we can just do things, and we will be rich. These shapes are just shapes – when we play around with them, the circles become eyes or wheels or… the orange quarter circle can be a beak or a window or a nose or an arm or a mouth or a… and on it goes. Perhaps the same applies to our days – it’s what we do with them that makes the difference. So let’s have a go, get creative, let the wind blow, and see what we can turn ourselves into.



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6 Responses to Windblown

  1. nickypage says:

    As usual Elizabeth you take the everyday and find inspiration. Thank-you for that regular gift in my inbox. Thanks to Kylie too, and Edouard Marceau, and Aristotle!

  2. Kylie says:

    Great post! And a few simple resources (a pen, pencil and a piece of cardboard with a heart drawn on it) can have so many possibilities!
    Thanks for the reminder and for listening.

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