The next workshop "Toy Stories"at Hove museum will be at 10.30 on Saturday 28th January.
Before Christmas families enjoyed this story-themed workshop at Hove Museum. Everyone had seen our exhibition Many Ways To Tell A Story beforehand (still on until May 9th at Hove Museum) and they were ready for some of their own story making. Grown ups joined in and it was a lively family session!
The tables were laden with making materials, wrapping papers, foil, sequins, glitter, ribbons and glue as well as an abundance of recycled toilet rolls! Time to make some Christmas crackers!
|Families in the process of making and two children show their crackers off proudly|
Fabula member Juliette Rajak kicked off the proceedings by explaining how these were going to be different from normal Christmas crackers - how the children could use small toy animals, worry dolls, pom poms and their imaginations for inspiration to help them come up with stories to put inside.
Some children did lots of writing while others mainly made images. You could almost see the brain activity as the children started thinking about how they were going to tackle it - and it was tackled in as many different ways as there were children in the room. Some told touching tales about animals inspired by the worry dolls. There were stories that were based on fairy tales - perhaps inspired by the exhibition. There was a three-dimensional story with a secret part, a comic strip with no words, a miniature book made to go into the cracker - and more. The whole room was sparkling with children's ideas (and glitter)!
|One child carefully writes her story|
|The story, written and illustrated|
Each cracker was individually crafted and unique and decorated both inside and out. The children seemed very pleased with what they had made and some crackers were taken from the workshop very carefully wrapped up - we suspected they were going to be special Christmas presents.
|Wrapping up the story to hide it in the cracker|
|A snowy house with smoke coming out of the chimney and a bit of magic sparkle on the roof|
The concentration was evident as they got involved in the details of their individual creations. Their grown-ups joined in and offered assistance - at times seeming that they wanted to make their own house too! But the children had very definite ideas about what should be included and what should not. This child (above and below) spent ages on the details getting it just right
|A very detailed house with individual bricks drawn and decorated with coloured fabrics|
|Inside the house live the penguin and the frog...|
|...and the super hero (girl)|
And then the outside was collaged and drawn to make a flower garden.
|A sleeping bird peeps out of the door - making it four occupants of this house|
|The inside is hidden (but you can peep through the window) and the roof is put on.|
Then, just before we said goodbye, we lit the houses up with candles (battery operated!) and turned the lights off
|The house looked magical when they were all lit up|
The next workshop "Toy Stories"at the museum will be at 10.30 on Saturday 28th January - we hope you can come!
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