I love the simplicity of these creative play sessions. It is a joy to see young children and their grown ups playing with everyday objects in such imaginative ways. If only the box was big enough for the grown ups to get into too!
More pictures from last week's session at Sure Start in Norwich can be found here... http://spontaneous-communities.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/dough-island.html
It was really exciting this week at our Spontaneous Communities workshop as we had a really fantastic turn out. I think we had 10 families along which meant the energy in the room sky rocketed!
Mandy had planned a brilliant session using clay, toys and recycled stuff for the group to play with. A mad metropolis sprung up out of the ground with tubes, funnels, cars and all sorts of creatures all vying for a bit of space in the great clay mound.
For those that found the city life too hectic they took themselves off and built satellite towns. It was like watching medieval town planning in motion. An amazing day to document. There were so many good pictures from the day that I couldn't choose, so I have put most of them here in a slide show.
The title says it all really. Not quite ready to put the fairy lights away from Christmas, myself and Mandy transformed the Sure Start learning centre into a fantastical other worldly tent using different coloured and patterned cloths and of course the disco ball. The families came to explore and used laundry airers, fabric, pegs and ribbons to create their own mark on the space. We sang songs, played with scarves, pegged things, made homes for teddies and transformed ourselves into strange bird like creatures.
This workshop session is an part of the on-going project called Spontaneous Communities and is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2012.
Following on from our previous session, the tower we had constructed started to take on tree like qualities. We used branches and willow sticks to transform the skyscraper into something altogether more earthy.
It being the season to be jolly and all that, we decorated our tree with lights, sparkly hand prints, baubles and the trunk part had chocolate coins hidden in it too! We sang to our tree and each other, a celebration of what we have achieved together and a nice way to round things off till next time we meet in January.