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Little Bucs

Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning & Development

World's Fair Gala

Beth Huber introducing costume designers

Costume designers take inspiration from international cultures. 

The children (rising kindergarten through fifth grade) each chose a country to explore. They were part of a small group and worked closely with one to two teachers. Their studies began with questioning and research; including trips to the local library, restaurants and grocery stores. They also visited several museums so they would be familiar with art galleries, different mediums of art and museum etiquette.


children experience the sound of harp music

Children gain hands on experience with harps.

Dancing to the sound of modern Indian music

Dancing to the sound of modern Indian music.

After research began, the children were asked to focus on a project. Some children chose painting, sculpture or sketching. Other children chose costume design, music and even architecture. They worked with teachers and members of the community to bring their plans to life. While working on their projects, the campers continued to learn and explore about the other countries. They tasted and cooked food, watched videos and were exposed to a variety of literature to enhance their experiences.

models take a turn on the runway

The fashion show was well-attended as the models take a turn on the runway.

teacher helping children build a bridge

Ms. Deb gives campers a hand constructing Davinci bridge.

Their project work was presented at the World’s Fair Gala on July 25th, 2017 at the DP Culp Center. Their artwork was displayed in a gallery; a demonstration of the Davinci bridge was performed; a runway was fashioned for the costume designs and music was played (both a harp and Indian dance music). The event was well attended and the children had a fabulous celebration!

children form a conga line
As the Gala draws to a close a spontaneous conga line breaks out!

mom and daughter trying new foods

Trying new tastes in international cuisine.

tasty treats from around the world

Tasty treats with an international flair.


The teacher-researchers from Little Bucs have documented the summer’s experiences and will be presenting this journey at Early Childhood conferences in the upcoming year.

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