Raising environmental awareness amongst children at an early age is an important part of their development the Arts can play a very useful part in this area of growth.
We had a series of specially designed workshops led by Jessica and Julie of MudBugs.
As part of the process, participants worked with leaves, pine cones, feathers, and shells; and discovered how to integrate patterns from these items into their own clay creations. Non-toxic, air drying clay was used which could be painted afterwards. The techniques learned will inspire children to search for the natural art in their own backyard and local park/forest while opening a discussion on environmental awareness. Each child will also given a special notebook made of re-cycled paper to take way with them as a visual reminder of the day and nature journal
Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through performance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings, screenings, special events and much more.
Thanks to all the teachers and parents who attended from St Mel's N. S, Longford, Tots Haven Creche, Dromod and Ardvarney N.S, Dromahair
Cruinniú na nÓg is supported under Creative Ireland Programme through Leitrim County Council.
Mud Bugs work is a blend of the Scandinavian Forest School pedagogy with nature-based activities. Through teaching children from an early stage that nature should be respected and nourished, the children have the space and skills to be active, reflect, meditate, care for each other as well as themselves and overall, thrive in nature. Mud Bugs promotes independence, self-reliance, problem-solving, co-ordination, emotional well-being and physical development.