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Friday, December 7, 2012


 The Idea behind his still life photographs is realizing landscape using just... food!

THESE clever landscape photos prove art is a matter of taste – they are made from the contents of a FRIDGE.

Plays with his food ... artist Carl Warner

Artist ... Carl Warner
Artist Carl Warner, 44, combines several images to create the amazing scenes, including a broccoli forest, bread mountains, cheese village and smoked salmon sea.

The dad-of-four plans to turn the photos into a book to encourage kids to eat more healthily. But he admits his own children still have trouble eating their greens. Carl, of Tonbridge, Kent, said: “But at least they don’t play with their food as much as I do.”

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Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner - A boat made of watermelon, peas, olives and asparagus plough trough a stormy seas made of radicchio salad

The castle is made out of cheese, the walls out of rice, and the wagon wheels out of mushrooms!

The trees, of course, are made from broccolis! The "rows" of farmland are made of corn, asparagus, and zucchini. Potatoes stand in for rocks ...

 Loaves of bread as mountains!

Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner - A sea cave made of bread, carrots crabs and a lobster

Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner - A sea cliff made of Parmigiano cheese, potatoes and cabbage

Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner - A sunset by the sea realized with salmon slices, black bread, potatoes, beans and a pod of peas as a canoe

Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner - A landscape made of bread and broccoli cabbage

 Vincent van Gogh's classic self-portrait

interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa:

Foodscape by Carl Warner

© Carl Warner - 

Foodscape by Carl Warner
© Carl Warner

Carl Warner Biography
Born in Liverpool England in 1963, Carl now lives in Kent and works from his London based studio near to London Bridge’s colourful food emporium of Borough Market. Having worked as a photographer in the advertising business for 25 years Carl stumbled on the idea of making landscapes out of food just over ten years ago and these ‘Foodscapes’ have now brought him world wide acclaim for his very own unique and individual art form. 

This has led not only to many commissions for international clients such as Nestle, Unilever and General Mills, but also to a publishing deal with Abrams books which saw the launch of his first book ‘Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes’ in November 2010. His work has been used in children’s hospitals, childhood obesity clinics, by nutritionalists and many other good causes to promote better eating habits in both children and adults.

Carl is has now completed his second book ‘A World of Food’ which will be for children and will feature poems which are also written by Carl, he is now starting to exhibit his work around the world to audiences both young and old who enjoy the ‘pleasant deception’ of his imagery and the escape to his gastronomic paradise.



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20 Sites to Improve Your Child’s Literacy

COURTESY OF Karen Schweitzer
Photo credit: Jasmic
Immersing children in literacy activities can help them improve their reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling skills. There are a number of organizations and sites that provide online activities, teaching tips, and free books for children. Here are 20 sites to explore over the summer.
National Children’s Literacy Website – This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving and promoting children’s literacy in child care and home settings. Helpful materials on the National Children’s Literacy Website include general literacy tips, advice on teaching children to read, educational activities, story-time tips, and links to additional resources.
Reading Comprehension – The University of Connecticut provides a wide range of literacy resources for children and adolescents. Resources include vocabulary instruction, text comprehension instruction, teaching strategies, and a list of websites offering comprehension practice.
Literacy Zone – Created by Woodlands Junior School in the UK, Literacy Zone offers online literacy games and activities to help children improve spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing skills.
StoryPlace – StoryPlace is a digital library created specifically for children. Library materials include free online books, online activities, take-home activities, and reading lists for preschool and elementary students.
Starfall – Starfall relies on phonics to help children learn how to read. The site offers movies, interactive games, and engaging activities for readers in pre-k to second grade.
The Baldwin Online Children’s Project – The Baldwin Project makes classic books freely available to children online. The project publishes books that are in the public domain (books published before 1923). Books are sorted by author, titles, genre, and subgenre.
International Children’s Digital Library – This online library hosts nearly 5,000 high-quality digital books in more than 50 different languages. Books contain both text and illustrations and can be discussed in a community forum.
Storynory – This site publishes a new audio story each week. Storynory offers both classic stories and original tales that have been adapted from stories around the world.
Kiddie Records – Kiddie Records publishes recordings of children’s records that were made between the mid forties through the early fifties. Recordings include classic stories like Horton Hatches the Egg and Casey at the Bat. All of the recordings can be downloaded or played for free online.
DogEared – Dog Eared is a National Geographic book blog written by kids for kids. The blog offers reviews, book recommendations, and a book of the month feature.
RIF Reading Planet – Operated by the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, the RIF Reading Planet provides book reviews and recommendations, an author showcase, reading activities, teaching strategies, and much more.
The Reading Tub – The Reading Tub is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting reading and literacy projects. The organization’s site offers a book zone and a special section for budding writers.
KidsLit – Operated by the director of the Menasha Public Library in Wisconsin, this blog offers book reviews and recommendations for children and young adults. New reviews are posted each week.
Grammar Girl – Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty provides a free podcast that covers common grammar mistakes and issues. Each podcast episode lasts only a few minutes and provides easy-to-understand grammar advice and tips.
The Story Kitchen – Created by Bruce Van Patter, The Story Kitchen offers dozens of story starters to help inspire young writers. Each story beginning consists of a few paragraphs with a note at the end that encourages site visitors to finish the story.
Writing with Writers – Writing with Writers is a scholastic project that allows kids to work with authors and illustrators in special workshops designed to improve writing and literacy skills. The project also provides featured writing activities and step-by-step writing guides.
ClassMarker – ClassMarker makes it easy to test your child’s reading comprehension or vocabulary. The site allows you to make free online quizzes with multiple choice, true false, short answer, and fill in the blank questions.
Flashcard Maker – Scholastic’s Homework Hub Flashcard Maker is a good tool for children who need to learn sight words. They can test themselves online or print the flashcards to practice off the computer.
FreeRice – This UN World Food Program site offers a great vocabulary-building trivia game for students at any level. Every time a question is answered correctly, FreeRice donates ten grains of rice to hungry people.
Shelfari – Created specifically for book lovers, this social media site makes it easy for kids to track the books they have read and make a list of books they would like to read. Shelfari is also a good place to discover new books.
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the Guide to Business School.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it interesting. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Have a Crafty Christmas


Have a Crafty Christmas

I love Christmas and have always loved that my kids were out of school for two or more weeks at that time of year. I love cooking, decorating, and doing crafts with the kids especially at this time of year. When you are helping your children create and spending time together like that you find out wonderful things about your children. You discover not only their talents but you also get a glimpse into their precious little hearts. I love these times that we can share and if you have never set aside time to do crafts or bake with your children at Christmas I encourage you to start. What a blessing! I am going to share some simple crafts that you can do with your children to get started.

 1.  Popsicle Stick Snowflakes – I just love doing crafts with the craft sticks (or Popsicle sticks as I call them). I have always picked up a box of sticks for my kids to do crafts with because they are so much fun. To make a snowflake all you have to do is take three sticks and glue them together in the centers to create your snowflake (sort of like an asterisk). Then you can paint them, spray them with artificial snow, paint and then glitter, glue light blue sequins on to resemble the sparkles of snowflake, the options are endless! Then tie with string and hang on the tree for a really cute ornament. The older children could even write Christmas greetings on each arm of the snowflake if they would like.

2.  Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees - It is the same principle as above and one of my favorites. Place one stick as the trunk vertically and then starting at the bottom place a full size stick progressively cutting them shorter as you go up the stick just like a Christmas tree. Glue them on and then decorate your trees. You can use yellow construction paper to add a star at the top if you would like. You can even make little ornaments to hang from your tree. Maybe some type of wire, florist wire is easy or even fishing line with a sequin dangling as an ornament? Small pom-poms from your local craft store would be adorable too. I have seen this Christmas tree done also with sticks from the yard. You would not glue them together but perhaps use florist wire to create your tree but it brings a warm and woodsy look in to the home when hung on the holiday tree.

3.  Yarn Christmas Trees – I think these are precious and so easy but they would add such holiday cheer to any home. I would probably even buy one of these if I saw them at a craft show when they turn out really well. Buy Styrofoam cones from your local craft store. They come in various sizes and it really does not matter but I generally get the smaller ones for my kids to decorate. You will need green yarn and some fancy push pins. You know the push pins with the little balls on the ends instead of the flat headed ones? You can get them at the craft store or fabric store. They have bags of buttons at the craft stores now and if you do not have a lot of old buttons at home you will need to pick up a bag. Just take the yarn and secure it at the bottom with a pin and wrap it all the way the tree as close together and tight as you can and then glue it at the top making sure to have a nice peak at the top. If you have younger children you could always dilute some glue and brush it on the cone so that the yarn will stay adhered if you are worried that they cannot get it tight enough to stay on the cone. The next step is to use your decorative push pins and “decorate” your tree with button ornaments. All you have to do is pin them on! So cute, sweet, and easy.

4.  Button Wreathes – This is a great craft project and goes along with the vintage look of the button decorated Christmas tree we just talked about above using that same bag of buttons that you bought at the craft store. I think pipe cleaners would work nicely for this one but you can use your imagination. Pipe cleaners, silky ribbon, and buttons are all you need. Use a pipe cleaner and thread it with buttons and bend in a wreathe shape. You could also use florist wire for this. You can select any color buttons you would like to make a pattern or stick with all one color. When you are done tie a silky ribbon to it and hang it on your holiday tree. It adds such a homey touch to any tree. It makes me feel like I am at my great-grandma’s house!

5.  Christmas Cone Trees – Here is a green craft for those of you going green! You get the opportunity to recycle your toilet paper rolls. Using a toilet paper roll make small cuts in one end and fold the roll out a little so that you will have a flat surface to glue to the “cone” for the top of the tree. Using pretty Christmas colored scraping paper or a thick wrapping paper cut out a half circle shape that will fit as a cone on top of your toilet paper trunk. Twist it into a cone and seal it with a glue stick or some kind of glue and then place it over the end of the roll that you cut and flattened. Glue the “trunk” to the cone and there you have it! If you only have white paper around then have the kids decorate the paper by coloring on green garland and ornaments before shaping it into a cone and gluing together.

6.  Sugar Cone Christmas Trees – Any craft that has candy or sweets involved all the kids will surely love. You will need sugar cones (pointed ice cream cones) for this one and some vanilla icing, either homemade or store bought will do. You will need green food coloring to color the icing green for your trees. The little ones will need a little help with this one, or not if mamma does not mind a bit of a mess. Have them ice their upside down cones with green icing and then decorate their trees with M&M’s, red licorice garlands, gumdrops, or just about any candy you can come up with. Just stick it right into the icing and you have your own edible Christmas tree. They will have fun making it and eating it!

7.  Pom-pom Pine Cone Trees – This is a craft for all ages and these pine cones can be used as table decorations or tree ornaments when you are done. Purchase a bag of small pom-poms from the craft store and if you do not have access to pine cones in your yard or a neighbors you will need to buy the pine cones as well. All you need is a little glue to attach a pom-pom to the “boughs” of the pine cones and you have a beautiful little pine cone tree. These would look cute hanging on the tree or as a display for your holiday table. The children will love seeing their creations being used as decorations for the holidays.

These are just a few easy crafts to get your holidays started. I encourage you to take some time to just sit around with the kids and have fun crafting and decorating. These are the times they will remember and carry in their hearts. Sometimes the shopping, the errands, and the events need to take a backseat to the one on one time we spend with our little ones. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes