It just worked out that way…it was an off and on gloomy and slightly chilly day, but warm enough to heat up the vat and hang things on the line. It was a good day to play around, see how strong the vat was and play with some upcoming spring imagery (for 2nd graders).
I have other approaches in mind – maki-age perhaps, Chinese butterflies (?)…I’m not entirely sure. Beginning simply, with shapes is a good thing, but this could be too easy or folding differently and using the same shapes…it has potential…we’ll see. I’ve worked with the age group many times, but the activity is new (I usually do high school) and I really want to do it. I especially want to introduce them to indigo and think it will work well in this context due to its immediacy. I’ll be limited to roughly 45 min. per class as usual, so we’ll be working quickly – hence the play. I’ve got a couple of months before that time, but playtime/prep well in advance is always a good thing. In this case though, the indigo was calling.