So our first two crafty workshops are over! Puppets were made, kids had fun and everyone got covered in glitter!
We made mask, rabbit and dragon puppets last time, for our next two sessions we will be making fish, bird and monster puppets..roll on tomorrow!
I look forward to seeing some of you at the sessions and hope that the rest of you have a lovely, fun filled Sunday too!
Of reading! Last Thursday it was World Book day.
In the UK and several countries around the world quite a big thing is made of the day with special events held and children dressing up as characters from their favourite books, here in Algeria it is not such a big deal but, hoping to encourage an interest in reading and always ready to give gifts to kids we joined in the fun by giving books (and a few other treats!) to children in Algiers.
The week ahead looks to be another busy one,the weather is gloriously Spring like with flowers popping up all over the place, my mind is bubbling with lots of ideas for our craft workshops and I am whipping up a storm with paint and glitter -what could be better!
Whatever you have planned for the week I hope it’ll be a lovely one!
Wow! I wasn’t quite expecting such a phenomenal response to our puppet making workshops. In just two days all 64 places have been taken but, with so many others still getting in touch to book a place we have decided to add on another date with two more sessions So, for those of you in Algiers that want to attend, on Sunday 26th March there will be sessions at 10-12 and 1-3...places are going fast so get in quick !
What is also really lovely is that a few organisations have got in touch and asked us if we could hold craft sessions for them, including one that wants us to help them paint a mural on the side of their community room…of course, we said yes! We want to reach all sections of the community so if you know of an organisation/school/group etc who who might be interested in our crafty workshops do get in touch and let me know – I would love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Next week it is ‘International book giving day’ so we are busy making up gift bags that include a book, crayons, sweets and a few other treats which we will be giving out to children on the day…I hope it doesn’t rain!
For us in Algeria the weekend starts tomorrow, I am planning to spend the time making an Emu puppet for our event next month…I hope you too have fun whatever you do!
I mentioned a little while ago about our plans to run craft workshops for children in Algiers, now with funding in place I am so excited to be able to announce the first two dates – 22nd and 29th March which coincides with school holiday time in Algeria. Little Stars language Centre in Baba Hassen has generously allowed us to use their premises for these sessions but, we plan to hold them all over and wherever we can to reach as wide a section of the community as possible…if you have any suggestions or would like us to hold one where you are please let me know.
So, the session will be a fun -filled two hours of cutting, painting and gluing! During the workshop, each child will get to make a variety of puppets including Spoon, Shadow and Mask. Children will be encouraged to make up stories using their puppets and play them out in our specially made puppet theatre.
The workshop will develop creativity and imagination and build confidence through self-expression. Instruction is in English so it will also be an opportunity for those learning the language to develop vocabulary and practice speaking skills. Knowledge of English is not a prerequisite though-ALL children are very welcome.
The workshop will be led by a U.K. qualified teacher who is a native English speaker .
These sessions are suitable for children aged 5-11 years and are completely free of charge. Places are limited so it is essential to book a space for your child(ren) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment(details on the flyer)
If you would like to download and share the flyer (and it would be great if you did!)please use the links below.
If you are in Algiers I would LOVE for you to book spaces -I promise, your children will have so much crafty fun…and it is always nice to meet our supporters!
It seems as if there is a ‘day’ for everything if one bothers to look into it…commercialism perhaps? I remember many years ago my Nan being appalled at the introduction of ‘Grandparents day’ and we were all warned to not even think of buying her a gift or a card as she thought it was just a way for ‘them’ to make more money! Wise words maybe. However, looking at the calendar for the next few weeks to pick a suitable date for our new book launch.. the 3rd March, World book day just seemed entirely appropriate!
Our latest book entitled ‘The litter bugs’ charts the tale of a group of bugs who are persuaded to change their messy ways by a swarm of nature loving bees. The story, which is written in both English and Arabic aims to teach young children about the importance of looking after the environment in a fun and colourful way.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will help fund the creation of community gardens and green spaces via our ‘Just one seed’ scheme. The book will also be distributed to children in Algeria to raise awareness of environmental issues.
The book is 24 pages long and is 210mm square in size. It is priced at £3.50 plus postage and will be sold exclusively from our website. **Up until the 3rd March you can pre-order it here and get it for the special price of £3 plus FREE UK delivery. **
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Our fundraising, Winter Wonder event is now on!
Three days of gorgeous items, brilliant offers and great giveaways. New treats will be added throughout the event- so check back often. All funds raised will help to keep those in need warm this winter.
Plus, every day a new giveaway will be posted and they will all end on Sunday at 11pm gmt. Today the giveaway is this beautiful, handmade necklace. To enter you will need to visit our facebook page. Open to all wherever you are in the world!
As always, thank you so much for your support!
A set of two super cute clips – One a pretty felt rose and the other a floral bow. Both based on crocodile clips so could also be attached to a bag, scarf or lapel as a brooch too.
The rose measures 4cm across and the bow is 6.5cm.
Generously donated by ‘Little Bowtique’
Starting bid is £1
Bidding ends midnight (gmt) tonight!