I really liked this one....this morning the sky was a blanket of cloud, so I wondered how I'd manage, but it also meant that every break in that cloud I saw may not have been a picture, but represented hope. And then, walking home from work, I found a heart in the sky - so much love :-) Really enjoyed how it made me look up and live in the now a bit rather than walking along in a haze. I love playing this game with others.. it's amazing what different things you see and what you can conjure up. Going to try and play this a few times today.. but I think this is a flying pig/unicorn! I really enjoyed this challenge! I originally looked up and thought oh no - I'll be searching for a while but really you just have to use your imagination (as my abstract cloud story telling shows!) If you're wondering - it's Robin Hood in battle with a fire breathing dragon! ;) Whether it's grey or bright where you are, unless you're off on your Spanish hols it's likely you'll see some clouds in the sky today. We all know every cloud has a silver lining, and today's is that they're fun to play with. Have a go at this today: Look up to the clouds and see what shapes you can see. Is there a rabbit being chased by a carrot monster? Or a huge elephant sitting on a balloon? If you're together share your stories with each other and show each other what you can spot. If you're apart take pictures and share them with each other - do you see the same things? Or have you got totally different stories to go along with the shapes? If you have a bit more time... Why don't your try drawing the clouds? Or maybe drawing the things that you see? Think What did you discover about your imaginations? Were they different or similar? How often do you spend time looking at the clouds? Share Show us some pictures of your clouds and let us know what you see. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Would have been lots more but we ate loads as we were attempting this. As it is whiskey flavoured chocolate it became more difficult the more we ate ? Great fun, younger generation way better at the game than the oldies. I enjoyed thinking about something creative to balance on the spoon but I have a 3D print out of my own brain so that obviously was a no-brainer - talk about balanced body and mind ;) I've balanced as many words as my teaspoon could handle & enjoyed putting my own spin on a challenge. 56 grapes! I reckon I could have got more on but I ran out of fruit! Definitely good fun trying to come up with something a bit different to balance on a spoon!! It looks so effortless on the picture but I'd say this was maybe the 5th attempt (I do blame a slightly wonky apple though ;)). A good patience & determination challenge - fun & silly too! This was part of my family's challenge.. I am definitely winning so far! I have challenged my whole family today to play this game.. having a family whatsapp group has meant we speak to each other most days which is nice, and they're all pretty competitive.... This is my entry - 61 paperclips on a spoon. It was a great start to the day and really woke me up! X Day 3’s challenge requires patience, dedication and imagination... and our most loved kitchen utensil. If you’ve ever taken part in an egg and spoon race you may be off to a head start. Today’s challenge is a fun one to try together, or if you’re far away from each other maybe you can get a little competitive and see who can get furthest with this silly challenge.... Balance as many things as you can on a spoon. It can be any spoon - wooden, table or tea. Get creative with your objects - how high can you balance? If you have a bit more time... Make it even harder and embody Einstein’s famous quote: “To keep your balance, you must keep moving...” How far can you walk or run with your spoon? Think How many items did you get on your spoon? Did you find it challenging? Were you patient? Share Share a photo of your spoon towers with us.. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ This is a screenshot of a video of me playing the floor is LAVA! It was so fun to play this again. I'd love to play more games like this - just have a bit of fun and be silly for once! Today I taught Laura a clapping game that was my favourite when I was young. Me and my mum and my sisters would all play it and try and get faster and faster - often ending up in lots of laughter. It made me think about how little time I take out to play.. and how I'd like to teach this to my nieces! Naughts & crosses in the office! And we drew so everyone's happy. Rematch tomorrow? Naughts & crosses in the office! And we drew so everyone's happy. Rematch tomorrow? Day 2 Warri a game from my African heritage surviving in the Caribbean played by me as a child in Antigua #TheGenerationGames @wftassociation It was brilliant. Jean was initially not sure but really got into it at the end. She was so pleased with the final picture of her. Excited to try more challenges. One of my favourite games when I was younger was the floor is LAVA! I remember clambering over toys, furniture... people! It was sometimes an obstacle course - sometimes a completely imagined scene from a movie... running away from an erupting volcano whilst flying dragons tried to chase me avoiding the poisonous moss and searching for the life saving edible flowers! I am hoping to actually play the game today - maybe even in the office (if I don't create too much of a scene). I'll have a proper go at this later but I was thinking this morning about what my favourite game was when I was young and it made me smile because actually one of the things I loved most was the little woodworking kit I had and I relished being hidden away on our garage away from the hecticness of the house with my little work bench and saw! Decades later and those long hidden skills are now being put to good use laying a floor in my new flat! Today is National Playday in the UK, a celebration of children’s right to play. We'd like to invite everyone to play for Day 2 challenge. Let today be your Playday with this challenge... Play together your favourite game from your childhood whether that childhood is happening now, or a long time ago! Is it a clapping game? Or cats cradle? Or Minecraft? Maybe it's just sharing your favourite toys.. Play the game together, or if you're playing alone or far away from your partner share the game online and let's all learn together! If you have a bit more time... Why not try the childhood favourite - a treasure hunt. Design a treasure hunt for each other - both take turns making up the clues and hiding some treasure. What will you find?! Think Did you find it easy or hard to think of games? Were your favourite games similar or really different? Did any interesting stories come out of the challenge? Share Why not try making a little video of you playing the game - or some pictures - or even share the stories that you told. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Or just with each other in real life! You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ In July 2017 I did a 24 hour painting marathon up a ladder at the Arden Cancer Centre University hospital Coventry. Raising funds for the Cancer unit and donating two corridors of mural enhancements in Memory of my amazing dad who died of cancer in 2010. It was hard work but nothing compared to what many patients deal with on a daily basis. I love you dad x My grandmother. Good to look through photos of the family especially those that include children, parents and grandparents. We all agree that we still like to do things across the generations. This is a day working in the woods, making butterfly habitats. The photo of my grandparents was taken very recently before a family holiday and it is one of my favourite ones of them - always cheerful (and still trying to over-feed us). It was nice to reflect on the photo and make a sketch of it, as it gives me time to really contemplate the picture and what it means in a way which we don't always get too when we rely on fast technology like cameras, when moments are almost disposable because of the convenience. I look forward to sharing the image with my grandparents, where there is often a language barrier between us, and so hopefully they will appreciate it without needing too many words!! The Magic Me team enjoyed drawing portraits who have taken part in our projects recently and in the past. We wrote what we remembered about each person and their name. A wonderful quick exercise for us to do together on a Tuesday afternoon. #TheGenerationsGame is a bit of an abstract view of my Mum. She's 89 likes to sparkle, always wears earrings, enjoys texting and is Coventry born & bred. I completed the challenge on the train (with limited resources) and had to really think about what I could use to represent her traits & quirks! Day 1 of #TheGenerationGames and a colleague and I decided to have some fun I was hoping to make something WITH my girls, but they just want to play out on the street with their new friends. Pah! Here's a drawing of my lovely Mum, Cathy. She is actually a lot more smiley and happy than this, and usually has a glass of something fizzy in her hand! I hope I'm as active in my 60s as she is now - she's amazing :) Here's a drawing of my lovely Mum, Cathy. She is actually a lot more smiley and happy than this, and usually has a glass of something fizzy in her hand! I hope I'm as active in my 60s as she is now - she's amazing :) This is a bowler hat that belonged to my Great Great Uncle Tom. He owned a farm in Liverpool and wore it when he had to go and see the bank manager. I wonder what he's make of contactless payments! I instantly thought of my Grandma for this challenge as she is such a fab lady. I love that she loves leopard print (hence the top!) & then I have drawn below the first 4 things that came to mind... when she baby sat us she used to fill a plastic cup with sweets and hand one to my brother and I ALSO with a crisp sandwich!! Such a treat. The other two are a clock - as my Gran used to always tell stories about time and a high heel as she loves dressing up! I really like that this challenge has provoked such nice childhood memories! I struggled with this as I'm planning to play with a few different people and in my family we are quite big on everything being equal and fair so I couldn't choose a favourite! So I drew this because it could be of my niece Jasmine (7) or my mum Bron (a bit older than that). I love their big curly hair and I've always wished I had curly hair like them. I love that family similarity that spans a couple of generations but none of the rest of us have it, apart from my mum's mum who is sadly no longer with us. Drawing also scares me so was much happier spending a few minutes doodling and the rest writing! Welcome to Day 1 of The Generation Games! Today we embark on a 31 day journey. We hope in this time you’ll discover, create, share and have some fun together. So with this in mind we thought there’s no better way to start our adventure than with an introduction. Let’s get to know our fellow challengers with today’s challenge.... Create a portrait of your Generation Games buddy or, if you’re playing on your own, your favourite younger/ older person. You can make the portrait by drawing, or using photography, or even just writing a paragraph or two about them. Use whatever materials you like - it could be abstract or realistic, silly or serious. And remember... it doesn’t have to be perfect! Try and capture them and what you like about them. Have a go and try not spend more than 10-15 minutes on it. If you have a bit more time... Why not try creating portraits together of other people you know? You could draw them or make collages? Or go through old photos. Think How did it feel to do the first challenge? Was it fun? Did you feel nervous? How did you feel introducing the other person and not yourself? It may be interesting to include these answers in what you’re sharing. Share Share your portrait or short story with us. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Of course you can also just share with each other in real life too! You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Meet Storm. Storm is one of my rescue greyhounds (the other one is Mabel). She’s such a cuddle monster and an exceptional garden digger … sigh. Storm features in A Book of Me as a way to find pages available to print out and use again and again. She’s also in there because I love my dogs to bits and they’re a big part of my life. They make me smile and they give their love unconditionally (well…sometimes for biscuits). Even if the outside world has been tough, I open the front door and there they are, spinning around, tails wagging, pleased to see me. Meet Storm. Storm is one of my rescue greyhounds (the other one is Mabel). She’s such a cuddle monster and an exceptional garden digger … sigh. Storm features in A Book of Me as a way to find pages available to print out and use again and again. She’s also in there because I love my dogs to bits and they’re a big part of my life. They make me smile and they give their love unconditionally (well…sometimes for biscuits). Even if the outside world has been tough, I open the front door and there they are, spinning around, tails wagging, pleased to see me. Tuesday My perfect day Tuesday My perfect day Remember Me Tell about a memory with meaning. My doctor's opinion of my baby boy Remember Me Tell about a memory with meaning. My doctor's opinion of my baby boy Rainbow Walk. Want to know the story behind the project? Check out my blog https://rosannesart365.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vol-2-no-141-may-21-2017.html Rainbow Walk. Want to know the story behind the project? Check out my blog https://rosannesart365.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vol-2-no-141-may-21-2017.html