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“We’re going to catch a big one. It’s a beautiful day! We’re not scared”


Children from Active Learning Southgate Nursery and Preschool on Chase Road have brought one of their favourite books to life as part of the world's biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw.

The Big Draw festival is an international celebration of drawing that takes places every year from 1-31 October. Launched in 2000, The Big Draw has encouraged over two million people back to the drawing board and has notched up two world records. The Big Draw 2014 involved 26 countries, with 414,000 people attending over 1800 events by 1000+ organisers. This year, The Big Draw is celebrating the theme ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’.

As part of that theme children at the nursery decided to bring one of their favourite books, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen, to life. The nursery’s sensory room was transformed into one large piece of artwork and covered with white paper, and over two days children, nursery parents and grandparents had the opportunity to be creative and draw their understanding of the story.

“Drawing is a vital part of children’s development, enabling them to express and communicate their ideas,” explains Ann Middleton, the Nursery Principal.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for children to draw on such a large scale using their whole bodies and a range of mark making materials, the children drew upside down, on tiptoes, lying down, with their feet, backwards and even with their eyes closed. While being a really fun and enjoyable activity it also helped the children to develop their key skills through imagination, creativity and play.”

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