Since the start of the term, I have been helping our local school nursery (kindergarten) with art activities for the children. The theme was CS Lewis' Voyage of the Dawn Treader, inspired by the film that is out at the moment and using this to introduce the idea of Chinese New Year to the kids, who are all three and four.
We made Chinese Lanterns, with an inside of laminated shredded tissue paper for extra colour. We made little dragons on sticks and a huge 4m long dragon using fabric we snow dyed outside. The children also made the dragon's head using card, which the cut and stitched together.
The children all seemed to have fun - felting was very popular as was the snow dyeing - and I can't quite believe the mess we managed to make using glitter and glue to decorate dragon scales. It was an interesting experience for me too and one that has taken up a lot of time and energy. We had a presentation to the parents last week to show them all that had been going on and so my time at nursery is complete (apart from the next 18 months as a parent). Back to concentrating on my own work!