Yesterday we had our first school presentation for a group of 90 Kindergarteners. The original plans were to have the presentation at a local farm but with the rain in the forecast plans were changed. We quickly adjusted our plans to better accommodate 2 groups of 45 rather than the 6 groups of 15. We started out the presentation with an overview on Alpacas before splitting the group in half. My husband took his group outside where we had 4 of our boy alpaca in a pen waiting for the kids to pet and give them treats. I had the other group inside and talked to them about the Alpacas fiber. I showed them some before and after pictures of shearing day and let them feel the difference between alpaca and wool. Then I did a quick demo of drum carding and spinning fiber, finishing up my part of the presentation with a fun wet felting project.
Thanks to the input of some experienced fiber artists I decided to teach the kids to wet felt in a Ziploc bag making either a rose or a butterfly. It was a huge hit! The kids loved it. There wasn’t much mess at all. A special thank you to all the Kindergarten teachers at B A Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin for having us over and all the help to make things go so smoothly.
We had so much fun working with all the kids! We are looking forward to doing more events like this in the future.
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