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Would a bird be an animal if it has a tail and eighteen feet?

Can five animals be one? What will it look like? Whose hands will we use for which body? Will the animal be a bird because it has wings or an amphibian because it has webbed feet? Is it extinct because it is part-dinosaur or is it evolving? Students of grade 5 worked in teams to create new animals and discussed how they would survive, what kind of life they would lead and where they would leave. In this creative exercise, students reflected on what makes each creature special and how altering a small thing can make a huge difference.

Dyatmika School, Bali
Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Can I be an author and Illustrator?

“I didn’t think I could make a storybook. But now I know. I have to think hard, use all my brains and I can make a story” said five year old Neel when we asked him, what he had enjoyed most at the workshop.  Each child came up with a unique story that was inspired by their own lives, things that mattered to them and their imagination. For Neel, a one handed, compassionate giant became the centre of his story, teaching us all the importance of empathy and the painful realities of discrimination based on difference. 

Ilango’s Art Space, Chennai, India
Friday, December 25, 2009
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