Basically I explained it to the younger ones by showing pictures of local standing stones and the animal carvings on them, talking a bit about people who lived in the nearby castle in the olden days and how they liked to make pictures of animals. Its a matter of drawing out an awareness of cultural and natural heritage in a here and now context. I also had reference photos of local animals to compare with, ‘What kind of animal is this ?’ ‘WHALE!’ erm… nearly . It was very interesting when i tried to get the littler ones to do spiral patterns, they mostly came out as circles. I wonder if any developmental psychologists have explored things like this, when does the hand eye coordination learn how to increase and decrease movements like circles?
meanwhile photos !