West Norfolk schoolchildren learn about different cultures as part of art centre workshops

Christmas workshop at the King's Lynn Arts Centre. Pictured are South Wootton Infant School pupils B

Christmas workshop at the King's Lynn Arts Centre. Pictured are South Wootton Infant School pupils Bella Latchford (5) and Flyn Angell (5). Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Schoolchildren in west Norfolk are learning about European traditions while having fun in the lead up to Christmas.

The King's Lynn Arts Centre is hosting a series of workshops, designed by European volunteers from Ukraine, France, Hungary and Italy, for four local schools.

Pupils at South Wooton Infant School enjoyed a number of activities including dancing, making rag dolls traditional to Ukrainian households, watching a puppet show and joining in a treasure hunt.

Flynn Angell, five, said his favourite part was planting small pots - to tie in with a Hungarian tradition.

While Bella Latchford, five, added: 'I enjoyed the puppet show.'

Volunteer Csaba Bohm led an activity based on December 13 in Hungary which marks St.Lucia's day - the shortest day of the year.

To celebrate hope with the brighter months, as days become longer and nights shorter, it is tradition to plant Lucia's wheat which - if lucky - will grow a green bush by Christmas Day.

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Children watched a puppet show centred around the tradition before potting cress as a nod to the custom.

Mr Bohm, 29, said: 'The children are really good and they have really enjoyed it.

'It's good to represent your country in a different country.'

Another activity led by volunteer Anastasiia Parafeniuk saw pupils making a rag doll called Motanka using knotting techniques.

Rebecca Graham, general manager, said: 'Even though they are Christmas workshops, it is more about introducing children to different cultures.'

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