In Which the 9 yr Old Becomes a Mini Curator

 

Where: This morning the 9 yr old and I climbed the steps of Old Parliament House for our latest adventure. The building, you may or may not be aware is now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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While MoAD is best known for comprehensively chronicling our political story- it actively seeks to engage and inform young visitors.
There is a new kids’ area- Play Up that is being launched as a permanent exhibition in August. Play Up celebrates children and the importance of play in their lives

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To celebrate the opening of Play Up and commemorate 25 years of the  UN’s Convention on the Rights of a Child, MoAD is holding an exhibition in August called The Right to Play featuring art by the children who have attended their holiday programs this last couple of weeks.
The Activity: I am grateful to my friend Trevor for alerting me to the fact that MoAD runs a kids holiday activity.
The photography sessions that ran in the first week sounded great, but I was really intrigued by the Mini Curator sessions this week and signed the 9 yr old up.

Once the group had assembled and waved goodbye to the parentals, about a dozen excited kids followed Norrae from the learning team to the nearly-open-for-business Play Up. It already looks fantastic.

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Kirsty, the visiting artist welcomed everyone and facilitated some great conversation about play; why is play important?

This is what the group of kids came up with.

Play:

-keeps us fit
-teaches us new things
-is a lot of fun
-helps us learn how to cooperate
-helps us learn what we are good at

I was at once impressed with their insight and acutely aware how privileged we are to live in a country where the right to play is a given.

Kirsty then explained that that each child would be first draw up a plan…

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….and then go on to create a toy using the craft material provided.

Using the very cool Super 8 app they would make a silent vintage video showing how to use their creation.

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An hour and a half of feverish planning, discussion and  emerging brilliance ensued.  I did not take images of any of the other children in the group but everyone sort of looked like this:

Planning:

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Measuring:

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Visual check:

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Readability check:

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Readability double check:

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Balance check:

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Stay-on-ability check:

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Everyone helped each other to complete their toys and to make their Super 8 movies ..

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The adult helpers did the tricky jobs:

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To finish, each child had a video interview where they talked about what they had made and why they liked it.

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The 9 yr old’s interview went the longest by a long shot and he had his back to the camera half the time  as he pointed out the many components of his toy.

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All the toys, the Super 8 films and a little video interview with each child describing how their toy works will be part of The Right to Play exhibition. I am so excited to check it out!

Details: MoAD runs 2 hour holiday programs every holiday. It cost $2.

Such a thoughtful, resource-laden activity for $2!  I am gob-smacked!

There are other fun things kids can do at MoAD any day of the week. Check it out!

 

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