BRISTOL – Imagine Nation will hold three fall craft programs for children, including one based on Native American farming techniques.
“We’re looking forward to offering three brand new programs that are perfect for the fall season,” said Karen Pac, atelierista and Community Education Director at the museum and early learning center at 1 Pleasant St. Pac will be running the programs along with Community Program Coordinator Stephanie Freedman-Edson.
On Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., children 6 and older can participate in a craft called “Wild About Wool,” where they will work with recently sheared wool and use it to create yarn with a drop spindle. They will then be able to take the samples home with them after.
On Oct. 11 at 4 p.m., children ages 3 and older can participate in a program called “In The Garden with the Three Sisters”, which Pac described as a cultural heritage program.
“Children will learn about how the Native Americans were a big help in teaching early European settlers how to grow their own food and how to grow different types of vegetables together,” said Pac.
The term “three sisters” refers to beans, corn and squash, which Pac said that the Native Americans often grew together and which go in many of the same dishes.
In addition to learning about this farming history, visitors will be able to create dolls with corn husks, which they can then decorate with supplies that will be provided.
Finally, on Oct. 25 at 4 p.m., Imagine Nation will be offering a “Great Wet Felt Pumpkin Craft.” Children will be using soapy wool to wrap around a ball to create a 3-D pumpkin craft that they can take home with them.
Imagine Nation is also offering four fall-themed cooking classes with Natasha Carter, culinary foods coordinator. Participants will be making caramel apple dippers Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., “spooky dirty bowls” on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., pumpkin pie cups Nov. 16 at 4 p.m., and hot cocoa bombs Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. All programs will be hands-on cooking classes for kids and families.
For more information about Imagine Nation, a Museum Early Learning Center, call 860-314-1400 or visit imaginenation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.