Kids' workshops at Cygnet Folk Festival
10 January 15
The girls were happy to take advantage of the specialty crafting activities on offer at the Cygnet Folk Festival this year. The coordinators were superb in their interactions with the children, and I even heard the teacher whose classroom we were working in express her generous support to the staff who were managing the hoards of children playing with paint and glue!
Ziggy and Diane were back this year with their tie-dyeing activity. Children were invited to bring a cotton item to colour, but squares of white sheet were also on offer for those who needed them. Aisha brought a shirt along, but Brioni used a piece of fabric that was available.
Anne managed the marionette-making workshop with grace and patience. She brought bags of recycled materials for the bodies, a suitcase of fabric remnants for clothes and a kit-load of interesting accessories. Lana just liked to paw through the beads, pulling out ones that caught her eye and stringing them up into a necklace. Calista was happy to decorate her toy tiger.
The girls love a project that involves painting. We just don’t do enough craft while driving from place to place, and I remain in awe of those who cheerfully coordinate such activities! Nic not only pre-made a whole stack of oblong paper-maché masks, but he worked with each child to help them use the paint properly. After his first workshop, he was brimming with ideas that would make his next workshop better and after implementing them, he said he was feeling very satisfied with his ability to improve on-the-fly.
These activities were the highlight of the festival for our kids. I’m so thankful for the crew that coordinated each one — sometimes dealing with up to fifty children at a time! We had a great time and the girls look forward to doing more next year.