… and we celebrated by wet felting rainbow eggs with the children.

Our wonderful practicum student Tanya, from the Selkirk College Early Childhood Care and Education program, brought her magical drum carder to Bonnington Blossoms yesterday. It is a family heirloom from her great grandmother, and I feel so honoured that she shared it with us.

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Tanya started the day off by offering different types of wool to the children, so that they could explore it and discuss some of it’s uses. She brought her teaching puppet “Lamby” to the centre to help engage the children.

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The children dressed Lamby up in a wool saddle and fed her “grass” made out of green yarn. After discussing some of the many uses that people have for wool, one child said – “Lamby, you probably have wool stuffed inside you too.”

Lamby even brought us some new felted wool balls, as gifts for indoor play at the centre.

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Thank you Tanya, and Lamby!

 

Later on in the day, when the youngest children were napping, Tanya brought out her amazing drum carder.

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She let the children explore it gently and asked them what they thought it might be for. At first glance, the children noted that it was “prickly” and “roly”. After a bit of discussion, they decide it was a paint machine, that could mix colours. The unique thing about this “paint machine” is that it paints with wool.

 

The children each picked a colourful piece of wool and put it on the “licker upper”, which is the name of the metal tray.

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Very carefully, everyone had a turn spinning the drum carder and some of the children’s jaws dropped when they saw what happened to the wool once it was in the machine.

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After a while of adding colours and turning the large roller, the children had created a beautiful, rainbow batt of wool. Tanya used her flexible doffing rod to carefully remove the wool from the carder without damaging any of the small metal pins.

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It looked and felt so soft and beautiful. Perfect for the start of spring!

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Tanya and I began to tear off small pieces of the rainbow wool and roll them up into tight little balls for the children to felt into eggs. We dipped the wool balls into hot soapy water and rolled them until they began to hold their shape. Then we passed them on to the children to dip, roll and sculpt into eggs.

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These eggs are so precious. I think they will be used to fill the bird nests that we have started building out of paper bags.

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What else can we put into the bird nests? We will search outside for more items and hopefully see some real bird nests too, now that the robins have returned.

Happy spring everyone!