The theme for WOMAD 2013 was floating and flying, so we have decided to choose jellyfish as our subject for the Children's Parade. We thought we'd give it a test run in our Buckfastleigh workshop series, and I'm glad to say it went SWIMMINGLY well (sorry, the pun just happened naturally).
There was a choice of two activities - silly jellyfish hats or jellyfish swishers (similar in spirit to the snake windsocks of other workshops).
The swishers wered the most popular, as they have a lovely bouncy movement that really looks like how a jellyfish swims through the sea.
Some children really got into imagining the room was under the sea, hiding behind curtains and making the jellyfish swim together as puppets.
The underlying theme we were promoting in the workshop was the re-use of plastic bags, which are mistaken for jellyfish in the sea by sea-turtles and other marine life. A whale that died near South America was found to have 8kg of plastic bags inside of it, two from British supermarkets.
Plastic bags can make a beautiful craft material after use, so try to avoid bunging them straight in the bin!