This week at Wat Muen Ngeng Kong our little Global Travellers ventured to Bavaria, in Germany. We thought this might be a little complicated for them to understand at first, but explained to them that Bavaria is a province of Germany, much like Chiang Mai is a province of Thailand. Interestingly, they found Germany on the map straight away. I guess they have been there before!
Hanna, who is from Germany, and I explained some of the cultural aspects of Bavaria, including their famed folk festivals, food such as pretzels, and slap dancing. We also tried to explain that we would be making traditional Bavarian hats, but the kids were so excitable we just had to demonstrate in our smaller groups. Despite their hyperactivity, they are always keen to learn, participate and enjoy playing with their creation.
We started by showing the students how to fold their newspaper in to a recognisable hat, before taping the ‘cord’, made out of pipe cleaners, to the front of the hat. The kids then coloured their hats any colour they wanted using crayons, before sticking their ‘Edelweiss’ flower on the front, and topping it off with a classy looking feather. Voila!
We had planned to teach them some traditional slap dancing, but there was no way we were going to grab all their attention today, they were too busy playing with their hats. Some interested students watched a video of traditional dancing, and we had a quick listen to some German folk music, but then it was pick-up time and the students streamed out.
I have to take my hat off (pun intended) to the students of this always-fun Temple School… They may be hyperactive, but they always produce some pretty spectacular results, and darn if they aren’t charming doing it.