Yes, I know it is Wednesday already and I didn’t get to post about the Tuesday Craft in first grade. We did something very simple with a few supplies I had at hand, yet it matched their flower window decoration from last week. Butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners. They colored the filters with wax crayons, then folded them into a semicircle, and twisted the pipe cleaner (half a regular length) around the middle. You get the picture!
This image, however, is not even my butterfly. We didn’t do such an elaborate curly body, just straight pipe cleaner. They do look pretty, though, on the windows with the flowers. The children were enthusiastic as always, very rewarding experience for me, every single time.
If you try this at home, I certainly recommend watercolors. It is magical how the colors run on the coffee filters!
Last night I took the girls and friends to a concert, featuring Andrea Beaton, a Nova Scotia fiddler, a Cape Breton style fiddler, to be more precise. I didn’t know anything about fiddling or that there are a whole variety of styles, composers, traditions, festivals. I have heard the Irish fiddling (and I’m sure there are a whole lot of variations in that, too) and I like it. Andrea’s fiddling sounded very similar to my untrained ears, she was very professional, very fast, played everything by heart (where I didn’t even hear a difference between the jigs and reels and whatnot she was playing – how do you memorize those tunes?). It was very refreshing, because it was different to what I would normally listen to and educational to learn about this whole world I didn’t know existed in the first place.
When asked by her dad how the concert was, the older daughter replied:”Long!” I don’t think, she is going to become a fiddler.