On Saturday, November 3rd, my friends and I boarded a school bus which would soon be taking us to the TC Halli school for the first ever Lego Habba. The main goal was to get the parents and teachers of the government schools to interact over a festive mood. When we reached, we were quickly briefed and divided into groups, according to who could speak Kannada and who could not. Anusha Ramji and I went to work with the first, second and third graders, who had not even held a lego block before. We introduced ourselves and got down to the business of choosing a story to base our lego models on. There were many suggestions, but we eventually settled on The Monkey and the Crocodile, which is an endearing yet simplified story about a crocodile who wants a monkey’s heart for his wife, but is tricked by the cunning monkey who quickly climbs up a tree to escape the crocodile. We divided the children and their parents into three groups, and gave them each a different part of the story to make a model about. There were so many different ideas on how to make the monkeys, none of which succeeded, but all was well when we realized that there were ready-made monkeys in the box of legos. As we wrapped up, we were called to present our impressive models. The kids got up on stage and talked about the story, but there was no voting on the best model or competition involved, as the whole idea was to create a fun atmosphere for the kids to enjoy. Everybody lined up, and the children were given juice, biscuits and a gift, as were the Inventure Academy students. Lego Habba 2012 ended on an ecstatic note, as everybody went home feeling contented.
Maya Sanaba Grade 10 IGCSE
Stumbling down the empty aisle, I took a seat at the very end of the bus, near an open window. Starting with a lurch, the bus roared down the streets, bringing me closer and closer to the Lego Habba. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much from the experience – in my groggy state, all I could process was that I had to help out, and come home. Not very exciting, in other words.
I was joined by three other people – Sharon, Avani, and Gaana, and later by Adil, who came in his own transport. With five more teachers, we did look like an odd bunch – so unlike other school entourages, with one teacher manning twenty or so children. Thankfully, it didn’t matter to the kids at Handenhalli School. Their excitement was so contagious that when the Lego Habba officially started, I found myself eager to help, and have some fun.
The objective seemed simple – pick a story, and make a Lego model out of it. When I roamed from class to class, though, it was quite the contrary – some animals, like crows for example, were to be made from scratch from rectangular Lego bricks. It was indeed a daunting task, and as I sat there, trying to make a lion out of my truck-like Lego model, I’d realized that I had tremendously underestimated the creativity of these kids! With the help from their parents, they made parks, wells, cities even, all under an hour.
When it was time to present, the five groups of students carefully mounted their projects on the stage, and individuals from each group stepped up and explained their models. The one model that really struck me was the model made by Grade 8 students; a very creative version of a city market. As the other groups explained their creative models, I gazed on, pleasantly surprised. I never knew that children, from the government schools , were so creative and intelligent.
Later, as we handed out biscuits, juice and a pack of stationery to the children, some of them shook my hand and thanked us for the experience. It was really touching that something so simple could create so much happiness in these children.
I realized, later, that creativity is something that can be found anywhere. It is only up to us, with the resources, who can discover it, reach out to it, and nurture it.
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