This weekend, our club visited Mukti Ashram to work with nine children between the ages of 11-17 that were rescued last week.
We started with introductions, and all of us wrote our names on nametags. Then, we split up the children into three small groups for different activities. After about 10-15 minutes at each station, the children switched groups so that they would have a chance to experience each activity.
Each child received his own box of tangrams, which are geometric puzzles. The boxes include pieces in a variety of shapes as well as a booklet on ideas of what to create. Some children picked up this activity quickly, whereas others had a more steep learning curve, but regardless, all of them managed to make unique designs. This was an intellectually stimulating and creative activity for them, especially since many of them told us that they had never done something like this before.
Jenga is a game in which players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower. This group game was engaging and exhilarating for the children. They seemed to think very carefully before pulling out a block. There were many fits of laughter when the towers fell!
Our third station featured a classic game, Pictionary, with a twist. We purchased a whiteboard and markers and used free Pictionary words from TheGameGal translated into Hindi. Many of the children were at first confused as to how they would draw certain objects, but eventually, their drawings became creative, detailed, and accurate. It was a great way to get the entire group involved and in high spirits.
Ping Pong and Spoon Race
After these three small group activities, we played the Ping Pong and Spoon Race. Using nothing but a spoon in their mouth, the children had to transfer six ping pong balls from one side to the another. As an additional challenge, they also had to hop on one foot. We split the children into two teams and set it up as a relay race. This was competitive and fun! The children were running as fast as they could, which resulted in ping pong balls rolling off the spoons, making everyone laugh.