Last year, after learning about foreign cultures through art, language and cuisine, Yash Naik, 11, now associates the United Arab Emirates with Hummus and pita bread.
The Class 6 student also made a bee from a plastic bottle, a flipbook with ‘moving’ cartoon figures and learnt to write his name in Egyptian language. The Campion School student attended five workshops during his last summer vacation, and this year he is rearing to sign up for more.
Children such as Naik have a range of workshops to choose from between April and May. From art and drama classes, to learning how to make remote controlled robots, photography and forensic workshops, the options are aplenty.
“We get to express our creativity through these workshops. In school they tell us to do a specific thing and we have to do that only,” said an excited Yash. “In the holidays, the children have the mind space and energy to be creative,” said Yash’s mother, Ameeta.
Besides numerous workshops for those artistically inclined, there are many options for the ones with a scientific bent of mind too. On offer are workshops on robotics, forensic analysis and the Bombay Natural History Society’s biodiversity survey among others.
Forensic Advice Consultancy and Training Services (FACTS) will conduct five-day workshops to teach basic forensic skills. “Kids who are interested in mind puzzles, enjoy basic science and are enthralled by solving mysteries would enjoy the workshops,” said Riva Pocha, partner, FACTS.
For children who prefer outdoor learning, there are four-day camps organised by Grassroutes, a rural tourism firm. “The idea is to sensitise children to rural realities. This is possible only by witnessing it first hand. India is just not about cities and malls,” said Darren Lobo, director-operations, Grassroutes.
“Children are very enthusiastic in the holidays. I try to conceptualise activities for the workshops which the children may not be able to do during their school year and which they find interesting,” said Purnima Sampat, founder and director, Art 4 All. Sampat will conduct a series of workshops in April and May, ranging from wax painting to puppet making.