CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION
I planned an activity where both the boys and girls had to draw what their home looked like to them and then write a sentence or a funny experience they have had there.
I felt this would be a good idea so they could learn how to express themselves more. During the morning I went to the girl’s home first and explained to them what I wanted them to get involved in. At first they weren’t too sure about the idea but eventually they started to get involved. From this activity you could see, which of the girls were more reserved and which were confident enough to get involved. After a short period of time everyone got involved and you could see who enjoyed arts and crafts and who wasn’t so keen. Each child would come up to me and ask me if I liked their drawing, which made me realise they were engaging in the activity.
When it was time for the girls to write their funny experience there was a lot of laughter and positive energy. One story that stood out to me the most made me notice there was a strong foundation of family between the girls.
After this activity, I went straight to the boys to eat lunch and explain to them the idea I had. What was so surprising was when introducing this idea to the boys; I noticed everyone was very creative when drawing what their home looked like to them. Most of the boy’s drawings were so detailed.
However some of the boys needed the right incentive before they actually started the idea. The boys seemed to lose interest quickly especially the older boys, however when we played cricket later they appreciated that so much more.
FILMING FOR MY DEGREE
This was were I started to focus on my filming task set by my university placement coordinator. I was asked to write a brief and interview two children; a boy and a girl about their journey of coming to the children’s home. With the help from a member of staff I interviewed a boy from the home, Shubham. It was interesting to get to know about his goals and the whole reason he came to the home. This lasted about two hours and Shubham was very comfortable with us filming him and he seemed happy to tell his story.
I continue to conduct my interviews the following day, and this time I interviewed someone from the girl’s home. I wanted to hear how she ended up in the home and what advice she could give to people in her situation. The interview went really well with help from a member of staff who translated my questions into Hindu. I found it very interesting to understand more about what the girl went through and also how positive she is. This interview lasted about an hour and a half.
I really enjoyed this day and found it very rewarding.
INTERACTING TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS
In the morning I taught the girls how to make pancakes which they thoroughly enjoyed. They seemed to be very happy when creating something as a team. Once I gave the children more leadership in the task of making the pancakes they seemed to enjoy it more. The responsibility helped engage the children. Another activity I did with both the girls and the boys was playing four songs and the task required them to draw how the song made them feel with their eyes closed. Each song that was chosen was to create certain feelings. Throughout this activity I noticed the way the songs made them feel represented a part of their personality.
CREATE AND PAINT
This was another creative day for the children and involved getting very messy with paint, however before I carried out this activity I first went to the girls home. I had to gather all the paint and set up the task before the children could enjoy the task of hand painting a tree and painting the trunk of the tree brown. Once the task was set up, all the children were told to put newspaper down in the hall and to draw a trunk of a tree on a giant piece of paper. Once this was completed the children got stuck in with the activity and started to use hand paint to create the leaves of the tree.
I noticed once a few of the children got stuck in, the others began to copy and then they all started to enjoy the activity. I got the older ones to draw the trunk of the tree brown and the other children were using paint for around the tree. The children that participated in this activity enjoyed it; I feel the younger ones enjoyed it more as this was their chance to get messy. Once everyone imprinted there hand, I wanted each child to write their name on the paper where they could find space. This was where most children started to lose interest in this task, however once I said they could draw a face or something funny they began to enjoy this too.
Throughout this activity photographs were taken and overall the children did enjoy this and were happy to take a picture with their work. After I finished this activity with the girls I went to the boys home where I ate lunch and then did the same activity with the boys. The boys did engage more with this activity then the girls and enjoyed this task. However at first the older boys were reluctant to take part in this activity so it took some encouragement before they got stuck in. I noticed the boys were more focused when you gave them clear instructions and they would participate and become very creative. This was a good activity for the children to open up to their creativity.
My day started at the girl’s orphanage where I hosted a cooking lesson. I taught the children how to make rice and peas, so by following my instructions they began to start preparing for this dish. While this was happening another girl taught me how to make a dish involving potatoes. The children really enjoyed the cooking, focused and worked really well with each other. Not all the children were interested in cooking, however the ones that were, worked really hard. There was a girl who was taking pictures of everyone cooking and preparing the food.
I noticed the children really liked cooking and hardly needed supervision when involving them in this task. After the cooking was completed, we all ate together the food we had made. We then played some role-play games and then I worked in the office for the rest of my time at the home.
The following day I went straight to the boys home, it was such a cool day so in the morning we all played cricket. The boys take cricket very seriously and are very competitive with each other.
After we played cricket I gathered the children in a big group to play a game called ninja. Some of the members of staff took part in this activity as well. We played four games and the children really enjoyed this game, everyone was very focused throughout this activity.
After lunch I got a group of children together and we all participated in a drawing exercise. I notice that the children were very creative and enjoyed drawing a lot. There was a lot of talent and the children were better at drawing than I was. I also encouraged the children to create flowers and planes from paper.
I also introduced the girls to a game called ‘Pictionary’ where they were selected into two teams and had to guess what the other person was drawing without seeing the card. The children really enjoyed this game and expressed themselves very creatively. After this we played some badminton which was really enjoyable and then it was time for me to leave.
On my last day in Jaipur, I went to the girl’s home where I did some admin work and then played with the children. This was an enjoyable day and very sad as it was my last day with the children.
I have always been passionate about working with children, India helped reinforce my mindset of helping people for a living. India just gave me an experience that made me realise I was destined to help people and touch people’s soul the best way I can.
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