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Title : Kindergarten children playing Kindergarten children playing
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Source : PRG 280/1/12/346
Date of creation : ca. 1910
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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A group of children seated around a table are playing with plasticine in a South Australian kindergarten. Several of the girls are wearing beautiful and elaborate pinafores to keep their clothes clean. The young girl nearest the camera appears the most practised with plasticine as she has already rolled six evenly sized balls and is rolling another in her hands. The boy at right seems to have completed some object to which he is adding the finishing touch.

The Kindergarten Union of South Australia was founded in 1905 to organise free kindergartens in the poorer areas of Adelaide. The first free kindergarten was opened the following year.

Plasticine is a trademark name for a soft modelling clay. Invented in 1897 it was popular for use by children, as it did not stick to hands, remained soft and malleable after repeated use and did not dry out if left standing. It is easily worked with the hands or with tools and can also be used professionally by artists.

Coverage year : 1910
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Carmichael, John. For South Australia's children: a history of the Kindergarten Union of South Australia 1905-1985, Magill, SA: Jean Denton Memorial and Lillian de Lissa Scholarships Committee, 2002

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Harbutt, Julia. Plastic methods for plastic minds: a teacher's handbook of easy lessons in modelling in plasticine for infants and young children, London: Chapman and Hall, 1924

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