|Volunteers running outdoor activities with the kids at Greensleeves and the colourful parachute|
As soon as the Volunteer Africa bus enters its gates, we see beaming faces and little legs running as fast as they can towards us! Just giving our time and attention, means a lot.
Combining computer literacy, with fun activities and homework help, there is never a dull moment. Adding in the countless cuddles and laughs... it ends up being the volunteer’s favourite day of the week.
|Riley working at Greensleeves|
Riley, Texas State University volunteer
Since gaining some valuable feedback from Texas State University assistant professor Rachel, we have begun creating a series of creative activities to use with the children; tickling their taste buds and engaging with our little ones. Centering our activities around books has been a great starting point, as the children love being read too! It's great to see their concentration, and patience when they are baking, making and playing in each weeks theme. And their hard work is rewarded, when they get to finally eat their creations (usually biscuits!) with gleeful smiles and messy faces. Here are just a few of the cracking things we have been up to over this school term:
Three blind mice, three blind mice, see how they run, see how they run... After reading this book, we made our very own mouse biscuits! With Smarties for eyes and pasta for a tail, the children were “quiet as mice” washing their hands and waiting to have their turn at icing their biscuits.
|Queuing to ice our biscuits!|
|Delicious "mice" biscuits :)|
|Paolo plays Italian songs|
|It's time to create some pizza! Yum!|
|Volunteer Steffi giving out|
|The Hermit Crab story|
|Making hermit crabs with strawberries!|
|The finished article! :)|
It's half term next week, needless to say we are very excited for our day at Greensleeves during the planned our half term fun week!
Charlotte, VA32 Volunteer Co-ordinator