|Drawing and making music at The Big Draw, Playeum|
On reflection， there are some things that could have been improved. Here are my learning points:
Kids didn't really like it when things got too structured. Some liked to cut， others wove， while others enjoyed the whole process. If it's too structured for kids, it's not play, it's not fun, and then they lose interest. I saw this on a friend's Facebook timeline. Very true, isn't it?
What is weaving? We have learnt weaving a standard way; maybe there is a better way to approach it? We ended up with some kids weaving sections of the hoop away from the starting point ( ie not from the centre) while one boy said he wanted to make a spider web， and why not? When he finished， the ball of yarn became the spider!
One of the main reasons why it was called Weave a Story was because every child contributes to it in some way or other be it cutting， preparing the hoops or weaving.
It was crucial to get their buy in and we realised about an hour into the activity what better way than to get them to write their names on the hoops. We had hoops with several names on them which spoke out "We did this together".
A big thank you to Playeum for engaging me as one of the artists at The Big Draw!