“Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside – children have their own agendas and timescales. As they find out more about their world and their place in it; they work hard not to let adults hurry them. We need to hear their voices.” - Cathy Nutbrown
Trust building activity in Chennai During the last workshop in Chennai before the kids leave for their winter break. We introduced them to a fun team-building activity by name “Mine-field”. One kid from each team will be directed her fellow team members from one corner of “mine” to the other corner. The catch is not hit any ‘mines’ kept on the way.
When children are asked to build their own planet… In the first session in Chennai in the new year, we wanted to introduce the children at Vidyaniketan school about working in teams and wanted them to be more comfortable with disagreements and opinions. So we picked up a theme “Build a Planet” which was closely related what we had already done with “Build a School”.
This week our children engaged in a friend paper plane design competition. we introduced children to paper planes! The challenge: who can create a paper plane that can fly farthest. Some of them were trying to make paper planes for the first time. They struggled, learnt, help each other and actively participated. Three rounds were conducted and each time the children improvised on the previous design.
“Play is often perceived as immature behavior that doesn’t achieve anything,” says David Whitebread, a psychologist at Cambridge University who has studied the topic for decades. “But it’s essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.”