Our focus in the classroom today was on "sewing scales" for our dragon costume. In this process the children hand-sew and decorate smaller pieces of fabric by adding other materials to it. These will then be added to the dragon costume as scales. Everyone was very invested in the work and together we created some incredible scales! Michael added "watermelons" (small green marbled beads) to his scale, Finlay sewed a "curved" letter chain and Wilder created a "shiny" scale by using a purple fabric with sequins on it for his base.
We would like to share a few moments from today with you:
Cape worked on his special scale for over an hour and added "long handles" to it. As his base he used the fabric on which his mom had embroidered his symbol, the bird. Cape was fascinated that his bird was created by using a needle and thread as well. "This is how my mommy made the design" - pointing out the short stitches.
He took photos of his favorite parts of his work (see two close up photos below)
"The bell. It makes great sounds."
Investigating other scales
On the light table we are also investigating scales of different animals, e.g. fish, snake, pangolin, butterfly (yes, did you know butterflies have scales?!), or lizard. We are exploring them by taking a closer look at them through magnifying glasses, tracing and drawing them, identifying their shapes, creating our own scale patterns with tangrams or reading and learning about the different animals.