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New Eco-Friendly Digital Subscription Service For Kids Encourages Social Activism Via Creative Play
Informed by a Kids Advisory Board,The Yellow Canoe brings families, classrooms, and communities together to create, play and grow at personal, local, national and international levels.
The Yellow Canoe unites activism and art in a way that brings families, classrooms, and communities together with the goal to create global citizens who can solve problems on a personal, local, national and international level. Candice Blansett-Cummins, The Yellow Canoe founder, says: "Integrating social-emotional connections and academic subjects within the context of the creative activites kids enjoy prepares them as innovators, lateral thinkers and empathic problem-solvers benefitting themselves, their communities and eventually our world."
Subscribers receive printable project instruction for beginners and those ready to take on bigger challenges, tips for kids, parents and educators to extend the learning, modifications accounting for a range of capabilities and prompts for reflection along the creative adventure.
An example of a Yellow Canoe activity is origami. This art of Japanese paper folding into shapes can be learned using traditional washi paper or by repurposing an old piece of homework or junk-mail: regardless of medium the practice of folding yields lessons in geometry and patience. Through the power of questioning, kids learn to practice perseverance skills individually and recognize preseverance outside of their immediate world. In the hands of The Yellow Canoe, the activity of paper-folding ultimately teaches kids to be self-aware and aware of others who want to be a part of the "fold".
The Yellow Canoe is a digital extension of the philosophy of The Wishcraft Workshop. The Wishcraft Worskhop is a space for children and families in Chicago that grows curious artists who experiment, confident thinkers who question their world, and mindful citizens who advocate for themselves and one another.
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