Friday, June 8, 2012

Out of the Ocean ~ Story and Small World

When I came across this lovely book, I couldn't wait to share it with my little one. Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier tells a story about a mother and child who takes the time to wish, see, and remember.  A thought provoking story, that I hope he will grow to appreciate as time goes on.



“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of  getting 
something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing
and appreciating what we do have.”– Frederick Keonig

What do you wish for every morning?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of your wishes came true?  In a way, they can.  Imagine if you could ask for beauty beyond compare and treasure that is so magical that without it, you would be lost. I sit here now, after reading this story, and think of some things that I couldn't live without.

Fresh air ~ a warm, glowing sunrise ~ strong, willful trees ~ the wind sweeping across my face ~ the twinkling of stars at night ~ laughter ~ hope ~ second chances ~ third chances ~ freedom ~ love

When the mother and child in this story wake up every morning and journey to the ocean, they make a wish.  The mother wishes for water, ocean shells, and the sun.  Her child doesn't understand why she is wishing for things that are already there.  Throughout this story, the mother reminds us that it's not the asking that's important, it's the remembering to look.  Remembering to look at all that you are given each and every day even when things aren't perfect. 

So, please, don't forget to look at the big things that are present every day..."sometimes the bigger the thing, the easier it is to forget to see it."  When you wake up every morning and wish for a better day, try stopping to look at the big picture - look at the beauty that already surrounds you and your wish will come true.

Since today is World Oceans Day, we decided to create our own small world that contained all of the "big beauties"  in a miniature version. We discussed the different parts of our world and had a wonderful time getting our hands dirty, too! To create this small world I included:

~water colored blue with a bath fizzy
~bubble bath
~water beads
~play sand
~shells
~rocks
~flat marbles
~sea creatures
~a sand tools and cup












As we sat and played (yes, I played too!) I tried take a few moments just to stop and look up at the sky.  It was such a gorgeous day and I realized that we had own little pieces of paradise above us.  I could almost hear the ocean lapping against the sand and smell the salty sea air.  Almost.  This little world in a box was the next best thing and the little guy sitting on my lap truly is my wish come true.

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29 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love these photos! What a fun small world!

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    1. Thanks! It almost felt like we were near an ocean. ;)

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  3. I love this! I want to do this for beach week with my kids next week! They will love it!

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    1. Oh, I hope they have fun! I would love to know how it turns out! :)

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  4. This is wonderful! I plan to order the book and copy your actiities! I featured your post this week: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-links-week-four.html

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    1. It's a wonderful book, Hannah! Let me know how your ocean works out! :)

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    2. Oh, and thanks so much for featuring it on your post!

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  5. This sounds such a lovely book and your ocean small world play box is fabulous. I featured your post this week too! :) http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/all-year-round-week-seventeen-7-summer.html

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    1. Thank you! I happened to find this book somewhere at a used book sale and loved it! Thanks so much for sharing it on your weekly post! :)

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  6. This book sounds lovely and I LOVE the sensory bin you created.Thanks for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.

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    1. Thank you, Isil! I just love looking through the pictures of this book...such a great way to remember to stop and look at the big things that we forget sometimes.

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  7. The ocean turned out great! Beautiful writing!

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  8. Thank you so muh for the beautiful writing about Out of the Ocean. This is Debra Frasier, author and illustrator of that book (and On the Day You Were Born). I was born in Vero Beach, Florida, a tiny town (then) on the east coast. Our house perched on the edge of the dune and every day we walked, finding things. The book is my love letter to the walking and the collections that accumulated on our porch. And to my mother, too, who really did say those things written in the book, and then I was able to say them to my daughter, Calla.

    What a wonderful blog you have and the connections to women and their children everywhere.
    Sincerely, Debra Frasier

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    1. I'm so glad you could stop by to check out our post! On the Day You Were Born is another of my favorites. What wonderful memories to share with your mother and daughter!

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  9. This is awesome!! My 6 yr old might be a bit old for this, but I bet my sister's 23 month old would love it!

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    1. Thank you! I would love to hear how it turns out if your sister tries it! :)

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  10. That is beautiful. I get relaxed just looking at the blue water and sand. I definitely need to remember to stop and just take time to really look at all the wonderful things I have been given. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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    1. Thanks so much! I was totally relaxed while playing with it as well! :)

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  11. I loved this idea, but I could not get mine to look the same. When I tried to make the beach, the sand kept "melting" into the ocean and the sand was total mush. But yours looks great!

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    1. Thank you! I'll admit, a lot of my sand did get covered with the water too. I think I put the sand down first and only poured a bit of water in slowly afterwards. I'm sure your little one had fun with it, though! Ours was all combined after only a few minutes, too! :)

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  12. Your beach fun looks great! I love the blue water!

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    1. Thank you! We're planning on doing this activity again, soon!

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  13. I'm pinning this. It might be the best beach sensory bin I've seen. You really make the best sensory bins. :) (Also, I just started following you. I can't believe I wasn't already!!!)

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    1. Allison, you're so sweet! I appreciate the pin, as well! :) Several of your ideas have given me such inspiration, too!

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  14. Oh, I love that book, had forgotten all about it! Must check it out for my girls next week!

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    1. It is a wonderful book. I love many of the books by Debra Frasier!

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