Tathra Preschool’s 30th birthday felt celebrations

With Tathra Preschool’s 30th birthday party quickly approaching, creativity is in full swing.

“This term the children were immersed in a seven week felt making project with Tabitha Zarins, with the aim to create felted art works,” director Jane Courtney said.

“The art works represent the sea, the bush and the desert and will hang permanently in the preschool.

“During the first week the children discussed where fibres come from, and that we can make things out of natural fibres such as goat, sheep, alpaca, camel, llama, rabbit and even silkworms.”

A visit from Lisa the sheep was a highlight.

“Tabitha brought in her spinning wheels and children were actively engaged in the ancient textile art of spinning; learning how to twist the animal fibre to form yarn,” Ms Courtney said.

The children also dabbled into the science of dying wool fibres.

“Each week we conducted research with children consulting books to inspire each art works which represented our environment theme for the week,” Ms Courtney said.

“It was amazing for children to be engaged in the actual felt making over the seven weeks, as they had the opportunity to really understand and immerse themselves in the sensory experience of felting.”

the children have also made a book to document their journey, which is a valuable resource for children to revisit and reflect on their learning, Ms Courtney said.

Anniversary celebrations will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 12pm to 2pm at the preschool.

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