Objects, like blankets, are important in telling the stories of our lives.
The blankets in this piece were given with the heirloom-like intent of passing on stories, remembrances, and teachings
— Marie Watt
How can you encourage young children to share their stories related to an object or idea?
- Have children choose a special object from home or at school based on a theme like family, celebration or community. Give them time to share a story about the object.
- Have children choose a special object from home or at school, describe the object using color, texture, size, etc., and then share its story.
How can their stories about objects be recorded for the intent of passing them on?
- Children can record their own thoughts and stories about their objects by drawing a picture or sharing it with a small group.
- Adults can document children’s stories by writing on a tag to attach to the object or by using audio/visual equipment.
TIP: For further inspiration, check out A History of the World in 100 Objects, a radio series and book from the British Museum.
Rococo Armchair Legs
Related Creative Activities
After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.
Children will use their bodies and faces to express feelings and states of mind in order to prepare them to look at and talk about how Roxanne Swentzell’s sculpture The Things I Have To Do To Maintain Myself shows emotion and focus. They will then talk about things they do to take care of themselves and ”mend” two pieces of fabric by sewing them together with yarn.