Elephants and Rhinos are some of the world’s most beloved animals but, unfortunately, endangered due to poaching and habitat destruction, so my focus this week was to teach nursery children about ‘tusks’. The little ones found delight in colouring in animal sketches I'd drawn whilst learning about how and where these special creatures live, as well as grasping that we must look after them and not let people hurt them by taking away their precious tusks, otherwise they won’t be here for much longer. Towards the end of the session, one child came back and presented me with a toy elephant and a toy rhino, and then went on to show me another toy dinosaur which seemed like an uncanny metaphor for a four-year-old, but great obviously because extinction is exactly what we’re trying to avoid for elephants and rhinos.
The owl was simply an additional sketch because a child requested it, and we all know that four-year-olds tend to go off-piste at times. It was, however, in keeping with animal conservation because some Owl species are endangered, and I chose to sketch that, rather than a slug; another requested contender.
Thank you very much for having me again Mad Hatter's; we had a wonderfully interesting and comical morning.
This piece has also been featured on Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots website