Even though I love my job, I sometimes wish I could spend a little less time at my computer and a lot more time creating stuff and getting my hands dirty. I had plenty of opportunity recently, as I am one of the instructors for the Teddington Lantern Procession.
Along with fellow instructor Annie Moore, I spent 2 days in local primary schools teaching the pupils how to make star and pyramid lanterns. Boy, was I tired by the end of that! It was very rewarding though to see the kids both making the lanterns and parading them through the town centre. You can see a short video of the event here.
The lanterns are quite simple to make; the only materials needed are willow twigs, thick tissue paper, PVA glue, masking tape, a small candle bulb and glitter for decoration. Who would think they could be so effective?
If you know of any Teddington schools or organisations that would like to take part next year, please get in touch with me and I’ll let you have details.