Rubbish is turned into underwater sea views at library crafts day

CREATIVE From left, brother and sister Michael and Abigail Tyler, with brothers Noah and Finn Stanley, six, doing their underwater-inspired art. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122855-906)
CREATIVE From left, brother and sister Michael and Abigail Tyler, with brothers Noah and Finn Stanley, six, doing their underwater-inspired art. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122855-906)
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YOUNGSTERS transformed paper plates and cups into porthole views of seascapes at Alderman Lacey Library in Copnor.

The Trash into Treasure arts and crafts session, held yesterday, offered children from four to seven years old the chance to make and keep their work.

TOGETHER Dannia Ali, four, and her mother Samara Said making paper unicorns at the library. (122856-146)

TOGETHER Dannia Ali, four, and her mother Samara Said making paper unicorns at the library. (122856-146)

After colouring in the pre-drawn seascape on paper plates the children were helped to cut out another plate and put blue cellophane between them – making it look like they were looking through a porthole.

Library assistant Nicola Zanelli said: ‘We wanted them to look like as if they were looking out from underwater.

‘The children were very good – mums and dads helped the little ones, I think they enjoyed it too.’

Organisers made sure that young children could take part, preparing materials in advance for those who could not use scissors.

All the materials were spare at the library, brought from home or from the materials bank in Portsmouth.

Linda Stanley, 63 of Myrtle Grove, Baffins, took her grandchildren Finn, six, and Noah Stanley, three.

‘We came over to the library for story time and crafts – they made sea-scapes for their mum and dad.

‘They really enjoyed it – the children need variety over the school holidays and this was free and local.

‘They learnt how to socialise and got to meet other children and grown-ups, which is important.’

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Take a trip to Staunton Country Park and learn all about bats at an arts and crafts workshop. There will also be games at the family event, which starts at 10.30am. Standard admission to the farm and gardens apply. For more information, call (023) 9245 3405.

· Meet a variety of farmyard animals and pets as Miller’s Ark Farm visits the City Museum, Portsmouth. The event is part of the museum’s Out to Lunch club and it’s on from 12pm to 2pm. It is aimed at families with children of all ages. Entry is free and there is no need to book tickets in advance. Visitors are reminded there is no parking at the museum on event days.

· Get inspired and make masks and juggling balls at an arts and crafts workshop inspired by London 2012. The workshop aimed at five to seven-year-olds is run by Joanna Blossom from The Dramatic Entrance Company, from 1pm to 3.30pm. It takes place in Gosport Discovery Centre. Advanced booking needed – call (023) 9252 3463.