To celebrate Indian Arrival Day I thought we could turn our attention to one of the beautiful and colourful traditions of India... the Elephant Festival. The Doodlebugs looked at pictures of these majestically adorned creatures while I explained that in India the elephant is greatly respected and revered because Hinduism is the main religion in India and Hindus believe that the elephant-headed God Ganesh is the most important God of all!
Some of them had never seen this before and they were amazed by all the colours and of course they were full of questions. My favourite was "Aunty, how do they get the elephants to sit still long enough to paint them?" Huh? Honestly I must confess this is one of the reasons I love talking to children lol! Their perspective is so fresh and simple that it renews your sense of wonder!
Anyway, after checking out the pictures of these beautifully adorned creatures they got down to making our very own interpretation of them! Today we focused on making the elephant and the first layer of the border and in the next class they will decorate them Jaipur style!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)