The “Caring Together Activity Kits” are designed to awaken children, teachers and parents to the active role they can play as citizens, today and tomorrow, using the arts. They fulfill Frédéric Back’s wish that his life’s work be made accessible and useful!
Intended for teachers, educators and parents, the “Caring Together Activity Kits” are offered free of charge as a way of filling the need for original teaching materials that advance the cause of environmental education and the values associated with it. The Kits are intended for use around the world, and are adaptable to different educational contexts. They are designed to develop creative abilities in children aged 6 to 12, and to encourage reflection on the concepts of commitment and responsibility.
Using Frédéric Back’s images from the “Forests” thematic gallery in Museum section and from the film The Man Who Planted Trees, students will develop their skill at representing a landscape with trees. They will also gain an understanding of how trees help balance ecosystems and maintain the conditions needed for life to flourish.
Based on the film ¿Illusion?, students will create an infomercial, a board game and a sculpture on the themes of the environment and consumerism. In doing this, they will also become aware of what actions they themselves can take.
The activity kit develops five major activities designed to increase understanding of the value of things around us, and the sustainability concepts of recover, reuse and recycle. Participants use various art forms to communicate and reflect on concepts of family, tradition and the environment, leading to the mounting of an art exhibit.
The activity kit offers six activities to help children and adults grasp the importance of each person's role and responsabilities in addressing issues of consumerism and waste. Participants create and present a stage show that explore themes of responsible consumption and the exploitation of nature's resources and beauty.
The activity kit comprises eight activities designed to inform, sensitize and educate children and their caregivers about the concept of sustainable development. It awakens participants to the active role they can play, instills a sense of responsability and develops critical thinking skills. The activities draw on the visual arts and writing as means of expression and engagement.
The first activity, Exploring Sound, involves creating a soundtrack for the film with instruments made from recycled materials. The second activity, An Illusion Machine, addresses the issue of child labour through drama. The third activity looks at noise pollution and the environment in which we live and then invites students to express themselves on these subjects.
This kit based on the film The Man Who Planted Trees encourages students to think about the importance of trees and asks them what makes the shepherd happy and about their own happiness. They will analyze the values of Elzéard Bouffier, the man who planted trees, and then think about their own values.
Based on the film The Mighty River, this activity kit helps students develop their plastic arts skills, while learning about our history and founding peoples. It also sensitizes them to the importance of rivers, in this case the St. Lawrence with its once vast resources and the changes it has undergone since the founding of the colony.
(in French only)
These workshops will help young people become aware of our urban natural heritage and the need to preserve nature. Based on the films The Man Who Planted Trees and The Mighty River, workshops in observational drawing, pastels, monotypes and engravings will help them realize that drawing is a way of understanding and recording what they see.
(in French only)
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