A Watery Extravaganza

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” Yiddish Proverb

Our team had spent weeks coming up with games and activities that revolved around the children have fun in the January heat, while exploring the element of water.

And then the wind came up. And the clouds blew in. And water fell all around us. We were bundled inside and wondering what to do with our watery wonders, and how to ensure that children and facilitators have a fun week together. And then the children started to arrive, bringing with them their enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity. Drawing on our combined passions of teaching art, drama and telling stories (not to mention cupcakes) we upcycled two donated empty boxes into puppet theatres and the children spent the week work-shopping their own stories, creating scenery and making puppets. The week ended with two wonderful puppet shows that the children performed for each other.

Making a puppet theatre – Womble style

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The seal from Seal Island

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The desert cat – beware!

The young group had hours of fun making up puppet shows for each other and the bigger children, although an audience wasn't always required.

The young group had hours of fun making up puppet shows for each other and the bigger children, although an audience wasn’t always required.

Between all of the puppetry, as the weather allowed, we swam, we sailed with Captain Kevin, we made and sailed our own boats and we decorated delicious cup cakes under the loving eye of Clare’s mom in the art space/confectionary. Gary’s group organised a water balloon tournament and my group made a watery blob.

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By the end of the week we all agreed that the time spent together couldn’t have been more perfect if we had planned it. Viva spontaneity!

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