Winging it: A Bird’s Eye View

“There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Each of us sees the world from our own perspective  – a point of view all our own. Recently one of our dogs helped herself to a seat at our table – hopping up on an ottoman we’d moved on a whim. She looked over at our meal, amazed at what she’d been missing. Right in front of her a whole new world awaited her.

We  get comfortable seeing life through our usual “lens.” Until recently, for example, we’d never imagined being out of school for an entire spring, missing our friends, having to spend so much time at home.

Learn: Might there be something positive about taking a new perspective? Just for a moment, see what’s upor down, from an eagle’s “eye view.” We’ve included two short films, which will give you a chance to imagine things differently.

Mindset: From the top down.

Materials: Paper, pencil, and colored pencils.

Winging it:  Day 3 Mapping your Space Differently

º Your bedroom is a place where you’ve spent plenty of time. You are used to seeing it from the perspectives you know. As you walk through your bedroom door. Lying on your bed and looking around you. We want you to imagine soaring above it – as an eagle hovering for a moment or two.

º First make a list of the furniture in the room to be sure you include everything. Next to each item, draw a quick sketch of what you’d see from overhead. Label each one.

º Next take another piece of paper and draw the shape of your room and put the doorway in with a slanted line [ / ] and the window or windows in with a straight lines     [ l ].

º Finally draw each piece of furniture – from a bird’s eye view, inside the shape  of your room you’ve created. Imagine what you would see if you were looking down on it. If you have a lamp in your room, for example, you would only see the top the lamp shade. Have fun with this. Use your imagination. But be as accurate as you can.

º Add all the important details using colored pencil in your bird’s eye view drawing. Do you have a pet that sleeps with you in your room? Do you have siblings who share the room with you?

Taking a new perspective is a BIG STRETCH.  It isn’t easy.  All of a sudden you’re putting aside the views you normally take and challenging yourself to think differently. In many ways, it’s  like taking a breath of fresh air after being confined to your house for a long time!

If you liked drawing from this perspective, try making another drawing of your classroom. Of other rooms in your home. Or of a room you know well from visiting a grandparent or relative.

We think that when kids learn to take new perspectives they are preparing themselves to play a positive role in the future of the world- whether as teammates, family members, or colleagues.

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Here are some fresh perspectives on feather designs from our first Winging It activity. Thank you, Abby from South School, for sharing so many different ideas about what a feather can look like! It’s great to see what you’ve done with your journal, Maddie!

Keep imagining new perspectives ~

Nancy, for the LEAPS’ Team

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Abby’s Feathers and Maddie’s Paper Bag Journal


© Nancy Harris Frohlich 2020




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