So, I have been meaning to put these up for a while as this is part of the job that I love best. These pictures were taken in the summer when I had the pleasure of working at the Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. A beautiful place with incredible works and some of the nicest, most friendly staff I have ever worked with.
The tickets had all been booked which is wonderful and shows that the audience will be keen to take part and get involved. Sometimes open events, where you stumble on a performance, it’s easy to stumble out again and it can be distracting so it’s lovely when you know that people are definitely up for a good time and know they are coming to see you.
When you see the children’s excited faces as they run their little hands over the calabash and open it up to smell the interior, try on some bead jewellery, marvel at an ostrich egg or rubber soled sandals and discover the million different ways of using the leso (African fabric) then it’s well worth it. Then they will be putty in your hands for the story.
I do believe that kids discovering about other cultures in a fun, informative and interesting way, allowing them to ask questions and discover things themselves, encourages a healthy, open attitude and outlook to people and cultures from other parts of this beautiful world we live in. Also, to set the scene using these artifacts allows for a more interesting and accessible story.
What do other people do to teach their kids about cultures from around the world? Would be VERY interesting to hear your thoughts.