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“Plants become owls” in a wooded schoolyard

Children at Dasing Elementary School in Changhua County’s Fusing Township on Dec. 11 hold their art and craft creations made from plants growing in the school grounds.

Photo: Liu Hsiao-hsin, Liberty Times

Dasing Elementary School in Changhua County’s Fusing Township has expansive grounds that are like a little forest. The school’s director of counseling, Szu Nien-yun, has been showing students how to collect seeds, fruits and leaves from around the campus and make them into artworks that spell out a song of life.

“This cloud is really made from a wad of cotton tree fluff,” says one student, pointing at one of the artworks. Originally, the students simply had the impression that there were lots of flowers, plants and trees in the school grounds, but now that they have had to collect fruits and leaves to make things, they have learned all the plant names that they used to think were very difficult to pronounce and hard to remember. Now they can answer any question about things like Norfolk Island pines and balloon vines.

Szu says she showed the students how to use plants to make protected grass owls out of plant materials, using balloon vine seeds and flamegold capsules to make their eyes, Indian beech fruits to make their bodies and Norfolk Island pine foliage to make their wings, so that the grass owls are brimming with vitality.

Dasing Elementary School principal Ku Shu-fen says the school is like a little forest, with more than a hundred kinds of trees alone. In the course of their “song of life” syllabus, teachers and students often collect fruits and leaves from the trees, giving the plants a new vitality in the students’ artistic creations.

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)





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