This week at MOAS was not the typical week; instead of our usual three day schedule, we work every day except Wednesday. On Monday and Friday we had normal full day, while Tuesday and Thursday were half days where we mostly came in to deal with the morning tours. The education department staff was stretched rather thin doing a variety of outreach programs and camps, thus this week’s tours mostly fell upon us. We had numerous groups a day, some that were fairly large but, we were still able to organize their schedules pretty well.
Registration for camps on Monday went without a hitch, many of the campers were returnees and those that were new brought in all the required paperwork. Each day that we came in and we did our routinary morning check-ins on the Children’s Musuem to ensure that everything was functioning for the tours and the camps.
The more interesting part of our week was spent doing projects and crafts for this upcoming week’s camp for 7-9 year olds based around Harry Potter. We started out by creating a Sorting Hat out of paper mache, chicken wire and cardboard. For Thanya and I, this was the first time, in a long time, that we had to work with paper mache so there was a bit of re-learning. Additionally, of all the projects this was the more time consuming due to the process and nature of paper mache. We wanted to ensure our work resulted in a sturdy outcome since the hat would be handled by a good deal of kids and the department wanted to use it in future camps.
Apart from the hat we created a “Brick Wall” that would stand in for Platform 9 3/4 and the house banners. While the banners where pre-designed they did require a couple of hours of cuting, adhering and arranging to get the final result. The final steps of set-up will be done Monday morning so I’m really excited to see the final result.