CREATIVE: Luca Sayers, 10, had a ball at the SUNfest holiday activity at the Botanic Gardens.
CREATIVE: Luca Sayers, 10, had a ball at the SUNfest holiday activity at the Botanic Gardens. Laura Mckee

Lovingly-made owl to brighten nan's day

WHILE most of the girls at a SUNfest Paper Mache Clay Owls activity on Monday decided to make their owl a decoration, Luca Sayers had other ideas.

The 10-year-old wants to give her owl to her nan.

"I've made a lot of things for my nan like necklaces, cards, bracelets," she said.

"She lives with me and is sick at the moment."

Luca said she was close to her nan and wanted to paint her owl blue to brighten her day.

Ten girls participated in the workshop at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

They made the base of the owl head from newspaper, a plastic bag and sticky tape.

They coated it with a paste made from toilet paper, glue and flour which sets like concrete.

Local artist Sue Daw led the activity, inspired to teach the children how to make a paper mache clay animal she started doing years ago.

"I wanted to do something different. We have done fish, dogs and cats before," she said.

Diya Sriram, 10, was planning on naming her owl Hedwig when it was finished.

"I like owls because they are cute and they are in Harry Potter," she said.

Children and teenagers in the Gladstone region have been kept busy these school holidays in the SUNfest program.

Laser tag, craft, rock climbing, jewellery making and many more activities have been organised by Gladstone Regional Council.

The program finishes on January 16.



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