Mollusc and mud painting puts children in their element!

PUBLISHED: 12:51 30 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30: BUDLEIGH Salterton youngsters, aged from three to 13, rolled up their sleeves to learn about molluscs and fossils at Fairlynch Museum. The mollusc and mud painting afternoon encouraged youngsters to create works of art using mud and empty shells. A furthe

BUDLEIGH Salterton youngsters, aged from three to 13, rolled up their sleeves to learn about molluscs and fossils at Fairlynch Museum.The mollusc and mud painting afternoon encouraged youngsters to create works of art using mud and empty shells.A further session of an adventure story telling workshop encouraged the youngsters to explore the local and natural history of molluscs and dinosaurs.Fairlynch Museum spokeswoman Sonia Stone said the event was so successful further hands-on fun sessions could be in the pipeline."We also looked at the trails they make, which became the stimulus for the mud painting," she said. "Empty shells and stones were used as tools to create patterned fabric pennants and a large sail. All participators had a lovely muddy time, over thirty children and their parents joined in the session, which used five different muds from the Otter Estuary and Woodbury Common. "The children loved the use of mud and became very confident and proficient in its use. "It was lovely to see the children's interest in the local creatures and also being really creative. "The children had to follow shell trails around the Fairlynch grounds to discover fossils. They had fun and enjoyed finding the trails as well as the different facts about local fossils; including those of the rhynchosuarus whose remains were found near Ladram Bay.

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