Kids learn about Japanese culture at Saiki Children’s Day

CELEBRATING SAIKI: Enjoying the Japanese collage at the Saiki Children’s Day are Stella Castelli, 6, brother Jordan, 4, and Amaya Wilson, 6 from Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School.
CELEBRATING SAIKI: Enjoying the Japanese collage at the Saiki Children’s Day are Stella Castelli, 6, brother Jordan, 4, and Amaya Wilson, 6 from Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School. Luka Kauzlaric

THE Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum was abuzz with activity on Friday as 800 kids took part in Saiki Children's Day.

Students from seven local schools folded, cut and pasted their way through several activities designed to teach them about Japanese culture.

There were fan workshops, origami stations, face painting and Shiroyama collage based on a mountain in Gladstone's sister city, Saiki.

Among the sea of painted faces, Amaya Wilson, Stella and Jordan Castelli from Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School were having a blast creating Japanese-inspired artwork.

While Jordan, 4, and Amaya, 6, loved making an origami dog, six-year-old Stella's favourite part of the day was having her face painted in white, red and black.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum public programs and promotions officer Madeleine Cook said the day was a great chance to celebrate Gladstone's sister city and learn about the broader Japanese culture.

"Everyone seems to be having a great time," she said.

"There's a learning activity involved in each activity."

"It's a simple way of getting the younger kids involved."

She said the event had become very popular over the years and students who attended last year couldn't wait to come back again for yesterday's activities.

"That's the sort of memories that we want to create," Ms Cook said.

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