This weekend at the Anand Vidyalaya, there were very few volunteers so I decided to teach the kids some simple vegetable printing. I picked up half a kilo of Okra and French beans and arrived at the Center. I teased the kids that we were going to make sambar for them.. It was saddening that something as simple as vegetable printing was not known to them. We cut the okra and the french beans into smaller pieces. Each kid got 1/2 a okra & 1 french bean was cut into 4 pieces. I showed them simple techniques and the kids came up with their own designs. I try to keep the costs to a minimum .. with 80 kids, even a budget of 10rs per kid would cost us 800 rs. [Please do consider donating art & craft materials for them]
Okra dipped in paint and stamped looks like a flower. The kids were really surprised by the simplicity of it. I had purchased about 20 tempera paint boxes.. costing 10 rs each last week. A single box of paint is shared by 6 kids. Each kid also has a single brush to paint with. Can you imagine your kid painting with such meager supplies. Mine wouldn’t. Yet, you will see most kids happily sharing , patiently waiting for their turn.
Their creations amaze me each and every time. Aren’t they pretty? We made gardens, bouquets, baskets of flowers. the French beans cut oblong helped them print leaves.
This was a fairly quick exercise and since we still had time left, I showed them how to use their thumbprints to paint a fish. Fairly simple again, but even the elder kids loved it. Next week I plan to take Ed Emberley’s book on thumbprint art with me. Here are a few pics
You don’t really need that much time. An hour a week is all it takes sometimes. Many volunteer for selfless reasons, but service can do so much good for the volunteer too! Especially for the kids. Just imagine.. which is better? You telling your kids that it is important to care about the poor? or to go and actually do something about it? What they see, they will remember.
Consider volunteering more often to help others, not only for all the wonderful benefits that come from spreading kindness, but also for the joy that people experience when they help others.
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