1: Fabergé Egg Family Festival is an annual family program at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C.
2: Fabergé Egg Family Festival activities: -Fabergé's Workshop, where visitors can create their very own Fabergé-inspired egg to take home. -Russian Easter Basket Display, where visitors can learn about the items that fill an Easter basket in Russia. -Russian Folk Games and Traditions, where visitors can play popular Russian Easter games and dress in Russian folk costumes.
3: Festival Learning Goals -To immerse visitors in Russian history and culture. -To educate visitors about Russian Easter traditions. -To teach visitors about the work of the Russian imperial firm, Fabergé. -To introduce visitors to Fabergé-inspired artist Bonnie Mapelli's work.
4: As this brochure explains, the generosity of the Bonnie Mapelli Youth Education Foundation makes the Fabergé Egg Family Festival possible every year. Bonnie Mapelli had a passion for egg decorating, inspired by the work of Fabergé. Her collection of decorated eggs is on display at Hillwood Museum. Hillwood has two imperial Russian eggs in its collection.
5: Passion, Playfulness, Process: Decorated Eggs by Bonnie Mapelli. Hillwood designed the "Fabergé's Workshop" activity for visitors around this exhibition, encouraging them to use their passion and playfulness when decorating their own eggs.
6: Fabergé's Workshop Visitors create their very own Fabergé eggs after visiting the Bonnie Mapelli exhibit. Materials provided resemble the enamel and gems used by Fabergé to create the imperial eggs in Hillwood's collection.
7: Visitors learn about the work of the Fabergé firm while creating a keepsake to remember their experience. This take home component serves as a reminder of the shared experience, "reinforcing the positive aspects of learning and doing together" (Bingmann M., Grove T., & Johnson A, 2009).
8: Faberge's Workshop The target audience for the program is families. This activity accommodates different learning styles by allowing participants to work independently or as a group. Some parents act as facilitators by helping their children decorate their eggs, while others prefer to work independently.
9: This activity engages visitors of all ages and learning styles and encourages doing and making. These components are very important to a successful family program (Family Learning Forum, n.d., para. 3, 5).
10: Russian Easter Basket Display While looking at the Easter basket display, a family pictured below discovered the use of the wooden mold together. They learned that in Russia people use the molds to make dessert cheese on Easter.
11: Hillwood provided informational sheets on Russian Easter traditions for visitors to keep. The sheets above explain the items in the Easter basket display. Another sheet provided recipes for the foods on display for visitors to take and try at home. By providing these take home components, visitors were encouraged to use and remember what they learned.
13: This sign explains two traditional games played in Russia on Easter: the egg roll and the egg and spoon race. This activity allows visitors to learn and play these games themselves. Hillwood used this activity to engage families in creative and purposeful play (Bingmann, M., Grove, T., & Johnson A., 2009). Families raced with each other and made up their own games. They had fun while learning about Russian traditions.
14: Russian Folk Games The egg and spoon race proves a challenge for children as they race while trying to balance a plastic egg on a spoon. Children learn best through hands-on activities, and many adults are hands-on learners also (Bingmann, M., Grove, T., & Johnson, A., 2009).
15: Older children are able to play the egg roll game on their own. Younger children have help learning the rules from their parents who act as facilitators. The activities allow families to play and learn together.
16: Russian Folk Costumes A volunteer helped children dress up in traditional Russian folk clothes, explaining their significance in Russian culture. Activities that use story, play and object components can create powerful and memorable experiences for children (Anderson, D., Piscitelli, B., Weier, K., Everett, M., Tayler, C., 2002).
17: Children dress in traditional folk shirts, dresses, hats and soldier's attire during the dress up activity. Participants enjoyed playing dress up while learning about Russian culture.
18: Conclusion According to Bingmann, Grove and Johnson (2009), the best way to reach family audiences is to provide activities that they can do together. Hillwood's Fabergé Egg Family Festival program encouraged families to learn together, successfully creating an educational, empowering, and memorable experience.
19: References Anderson, D., Piscitelli, B., Weier, K., Everett, M., & Tayler, C. (2002). Children's Museum Experiences: Identifying Powerful Mediators of Learning. Curator, 3, 213-231. Bingmann, M., Grove, T., & Johnson, A. (2009). Intergenerational Learning. The Museum Educator's Manual (pp. 75-84). New York: AltaMira Press. Family Learning Forum.(n.d.). Lessons Learned from Successful Family Programs. Retrieved from www.familylearningforum.org/programming/lessons-learned.htm.