An activity I knew would be difficult for them, but I decided to go ahead with was an item called 'Action Art' - I took it from a workshop put on by Sibshops and adapted it for this particular group of children. It was meant to be an 'ice breaker' and 'get to know you', done each morning as group music finished and we transitioned. At first they hated it, struggled with it, and then something wonderful happened.....but I'm getting ahead of myself.
And then it happened.....It finally dawned on me; the adults had to remove themselves from the group entirely. It was Thursday of the first week, the campers sat looking at each other for about 20 minutes not talking to each other and trying to engage the adults in conversation. The adults were under strict orders not to interact. The two older campers finally took charge....stood up and began to ask questions of the others and interact with each other. They discussed and gave orders and in no time, of course after an hour and a half of getting nowhere, they got their word together and were extremely proud.
So was I - they had finally realized they could do it and do it with confidence. Each morning they began asking me for the papers and each morning they got a little faster on working, discussing, and coming up with the word that described their group - what is even more amazing; they discussed the word and what it meant! Then decided if it truly described them - all I can say is amazing! I believe they came up with the correct conclusion....those words truly described them!
They were full of energy, and tried everyday. They were helpful and absolutely, without a doubt - GREAT!