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Fun activities for the kids

Wednesday, 6th April, 2011

SILVER STUDIES: Rebekah (10) and Kaitlyn Deeth (8) with the famous Silver Tree. The sisters are visiting from Sydney and have been doing a project and keeping journals about their trips to the local museums. SILVER STUDIES: Rebekah (10) and Kaitlyn Deeth (8) with the famous Silver Tree. The sisters are visiting from Sydney and have been doing a project and keeping journals about their trips to the local museums.

Hey kids, do you want to start your school holidays by learning something new? 

Then join the team at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum on Saturday to create your own Silver Tree.

The Silver Tree was a gift to Broken Hill from Charles Rasp whose discovery of the precious metal started the mining industry here in 1883. 

The tree, made from 8.5 kilograms of silver, is held in the museum and children from seven to 12 years of age are being invited to make one of their own with help of Cathy Farry, art teacher from the Regional Art Gallery.

Cathy will start the day with some fun activities looking at and learning about the Silver Tree and its history and how it has become so important to Broken Hill. 

Children will learn how to make a tree using a variety of craft materials including pipe cleaners, foil and foam. 

They will then be able to enhance their tree by using modelling techniques to create figures and animals. 

The resultant Silver Tree can be painted and decorated to add to the vibrancy and fun of your final creation to take home. 

The workshop starts at 10.30am and runs to 12.30pm. It cost $20 per child, which includes materials, a snack, drinks and GST. 

Bookings are essential, with places confirmed upon payment. Places are limited so book early! 

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