While we are enjoying some extra snuggle time with the Monkeys, we are so pleased to be able to bring you a series of posts from some of our favorite bloggers. Today’s post comes to us from Varya of Little Artists. Many of you will also remember her from our Random Acts of Kindness Series.
Varya and I are fellow members of both Bahá’í Mom Blogs and Multicultural Kid Blogs. Anyone who knows Varya knows how kind and generous she is. When I was pregnant with Monkey, she would often email me to see how I was doing and offer some very appreciated advice for caring for two little ones.
Varya is also incredibly creative, and I always enjoy reading about the art projects she does with her daughter. Today she is reviewing a coloring book by a wonderful artist, so enjoy!
I am always on a lookout for some Bahá’í children’s books for my daughter. They aren’t very easy to buy in China, so we sometimes ask friends to buy the books for us.
A few months ago I was browsing Enable Me to Grow – a website designed for parents who want to cultivate spirituality in their children. And I found that there was a wonderful gift available – the 11-page downloadable coloring book, called Tiny Seeds, designed and compiled by Misha Blaise. This book was based on a prayer book Misha compiled to help her own son to memorize quotations and prayers.
You can read the interview with Misha at the Enable Me to Grow website and download the coloring book there.
It is a very well designed book which has a small quotation from the Bahá’í Writings on each page. Each page has a picture associated with the meaning of the quotation. The idea behind is to learn the quotation together with the child and color the page.
What caught my eye is that each picture has an animal or few, instead of people. It is also a great way to explain oneness and unity to children by showing the harmonious relationship in the nature and the animal world and how we should bring it into our lives.
The uniqueness of this coloring book is that it is suitable not only for Bahá’í families but for anyone who is teaching their children about spirituality and God. The quotations that are chosen are very neutral yet profound.
I highly recommend this book to any family that is exploring Bahá’í Faith and spirituality in general with their children.
The Tiny Seeds Coloring Book can also be found in this year’s Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide.