Today's craft class was at Southern Cross Care in North Turramurra. We started by looking at a fishing themed tablecloth from the 1960's. Two ladies spoke of past times around husbands, sons and fishing. We then passed around tin fish shaped moulds from the 1950's. Their eyes lit up as they told tales of using these moulds to bake cupcakes in and make ice cream with. One of the ladies said that when her children were little, they loved it when she made lemon ice cream in fish moulds, giggling that they had fish in their tummies. It's incredible what conversations these props encourage.
We then painted our fish on a dinner plate. Most of the ladies had never painted before. One was a former lace maker and another a cross stitcher. They all enjoyed trying something new as we worked with a stencil to make a fish scale pattern on our painted fish, then propped them up on the dining room wall.
This craft activity is a modified version of Silver Fish that I run as a gift experience from family for family (residents) living in aged care.