Today’s Museum work with Woven Communities welcomed Stornoway Primary School along to try some willow fish weaving, some marram grass twining to make rope, a walk around the Museum to look at baskets and windlass rope making with bailer twine.
The children were split into groups and each took turns with the different activities – everyone made some rope and a willow fish and everyone had the opportunity to walk around the Museum looking at baskets, supported by the knowledge of Dawn Susan, Maggie Smith and Angus Murray.
Some things to mention today were the very visible thinking processes happening with the children – how are we going to do this? What could we use the rope for? Could it save my life? What can we use to make a mouth? How can I do this faster? How do I test it?
And the imaginative games thought up were wonderful. Shapes on the floor, wobbly patterns, skipping, even tying each other up happened today!
Two comments from the children, upon leaving, were..
“I wish we could do this all day!”
“When can we come back?”