New Zealanders are also referred to as “Kiwis”. Along with the delicious fruit, the Kiwi is also the country’s national bird. The past few days we have been having lots of fun creating some unique Kiwi crafts. Yesterday at the beach, we even collected a bottle of sand to use for a craft today. Since the Maori people were the original people of New Zealand and have some beautiful traditional crafts, we decided to focus on Maori-style crafts this week.
Koru art is one such Maori design that we decided to do after discovering this art project on Kinderart.com. Koru is the Maori word for a new fern frond and sympolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. (source: Wikipedia.com)
First, we looked at various pictures of ferns wrapped tightly together.
Then, the kids practiced several times drawing the curving lines of the ferns and I demonstrated how to draw a few on our white board.
Using chalk and crayons, we then drew the ferns onto our permanent paper and filled in the spaces with two shades of oil pastels.
There is another step of washing the entire piece with black paint when finished, but I’m not sure we’ll do that step for mess purposes and just because I rather enjoy them as they are. Whatever we decide, we will certainly mount these and put them in a special place as I really think they are quite beautiful.