Recently Learning Hub Limerick hosted students from Boher National School, as part of their summer camp, for a morning of fun and activities.
The day started with a kickboxing class for all of the students. This was taught and run by Paul who hosts classes kickboxing, fitness, training and healthy eating for both adults and children throughout the year (more about Paul’s kickboxing classes can be found on this website). The children were eager to take part and practice a wide array of kicks and combinations, having a lot of fun and while also getting excercise. All of the children were enthusiastic and some expressed an interest in taking on martial arts as a hobby. Helping young people to enjoy themselves while encouraging healthy passtimes is one of the many ways in which the Hub works young people.
Next on the schedule was the ‘science magic show’, a particular favourite among the children. A host of science-based ‘tricks’ and experiments were carried out by Sean, who runs many science related workshops for the Hub. Sean demonstrated how fireworks achieve their unusual colours, spraying an open flame to create vivid freen and red flares. The children were also amazed at how he was able to form a miniature cloud in a sealed bottle. The children were most excited about the ignition of the air inside a series of balloons filled with different flammable gases. The result was small (but safe!) explosions that produced echoing booms and inspired a slew of questions from the children. This perfectly demonstrates the underlying value of shows like this. While the show was entertaining and provided a fun and engaging time for the children, it also made them curious. Rather than smother them with information, it genuinely sparked their interest and encouraged them to try to get the information themselves. Fostering self-motivated learning underlies every programme run at the Hub and it was great to see the children inspired to pursue further knowledge of their own accord.
After lunch the final workshop, art, took place. In an effort to encourage their own creativity, every child was given some clay. Cronin, who runs art activities at the Hub, demonstrated a few techniques and then let the children do whatever they wanted. A wide variety of sculptures were produced, including butterflies, cups, dogs and rabbits. The children really enjoyed the workshop and many were eager to continue working on their sculptures once they got home. This is perhaps the most encouraging thing to come out of the workshop: that the children were enthusiastic and inspired enough to continue carrying on with their work beyond the confines of the Hub. Just like the kickboxing and science workshops, exposure to new things can help a child discover new hobbies, fields of interest and skills. This is a way in which the Hub can really make a difference, stimulating a desire in children to learn independently outside of the limited contact time they may have with school or after-school programmes.
If you are a teacher or work with chidren, and would be interested in a similar day of activity for your students, don’t hesitate to contact us through this website and we’ll do our best to organise it.