Bead-Making and Book-Binding
In order to prepare for our upcoming beading workshop, the children made both paper and clay beads today. While they molded the clay beads, some of the children named the types they were making such as "snake," "ball," "door," and "tea pot." Some of these names showed the children's understanding with various clay techniques while others were either a literal representation or fun expression of creativity. We began dreaming up the different types of beads we could make.
At the book-binding table, children learned some basic hand-binding skills: folding papers in half and then stacking them together to create a signature, using a bone folder to get a crisp fold, making holes through the crease of the signatures with an awl, and threading through the holes to bind the pages into a book. Elena and Tegan worked in the books they had made yesterday including stitching a cover onto their books. Louise and Grace worked on their books as well once they had finished binding them together. Tegan wanted to make a second book and, while waiting for her thread color of choice, figured out how to thread a needle! She even set up some extra needles for future sewing.
All in all, we had a wonderful afternoon of creating together, including talks of winter break and the brief spotting of a snow!!
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