Let’s visit Africa, sub-saharan that is. Play Mancala, dance and drum to some music from Kenya, Uganda, and more. I will bring the supplies for making hand-held finger pianos – called Kalimba in Kenya, but in other nations goes by the name Mbira, Zanzu, Karimbao, Ubo, Likembe and more. If you have any African instruments (or ones you want to share) – BRING THEM with you on Thursday.
Recently, Esme and I took in a concert with Samite , born and raised in Uganda, fled to Kenya as a refuge in 92′. He has founded a few organizations including Musicians for World Harmony. Samite was the subject of the documentary, “Song of the Refuge” and featured in the doc that is freestreaming on Netflix, “Alive Inside,” about using music to awaken the spirit of those in later stages of Alzheimers. Samite, played many instruments for us including the Kalimba. He also had us join in with him as he sang a beautiful song that he calls his Dalia Lama song, as he performed it for him once. Samite joked about how silly it seemed to him how everyone backstage cried after the Dalai Lama thanked them for their songs, until he did the exact same thing.
Samite is also one of the artists on Putumayo’s African Playground album – track #8 titled – Munomuno
With a bit of wood-working (sanding and maybe even sawing) as well as screwing into wood – anyone can create their own hand held finger piano or Kalima/Mbira.
I will also get the kids to join in on the live telling/acting out of a Griot tale (African Folktale). Drums and other instruments will make great accompaniments – so bring your instruments.
Since Deltacs were MIA due to that horrible cold, we postponed Patents. This gives your kids more time to investigate an invention and/or inventor.
“Calling all Inventors! Calling all Inventors!” Is there an inventor in your family, a designer or innovative builder? Well this week we will learn about patents to protect your design and brainstorm for the 2015 SPARK Lab Invent It Challenge.
But don’t forget from 11:30am-12:30 is our monthly Potluck. Go ahead and be inventive with your family’s dish too! To keep our carbon footprint low, bring your own dishes, utensils and more.
Now, given that a few inventors of the kids’ boardgames last week had filed for patents, this week we will be learning about Patents. How you can apply, why you should as well as the “poor man’s patent.” Click on the image below for the Kids Section of the US Patent Office website.
Bring anything you own that had a patent. And if you can, go to this link for the US Patent office online and see if you can find the patent number, the date it was assigned and/or print out a photo of the design.
Who loves boardgames like Apples to Apples or tabletop games like Dominoes, or Checkers?
Do you have “Family Game Night” or pull out a boardgame when friends come over? If you have a game you want to share – bring it. And I encourage you all to take it one step more before you come to parkday, find out a bit about its origins. Did a kid or adult invent it. When was it invented. Was it meant to be a game for kids or adults? Has it changed alot or a little over the years.
How did Scrabble, Monopoly, Uno get its start? Native cultures have wonderful games that turned into Pick up sticks, dice games and more. Who knows how long people have been playing Chess or a variation of it? Pick one game of your choosing and learn a bit more about how cultural history developed through that game and those who played it.
I will bring an ancient Korean game that is still played today as part of a New Year’s celebration – Yut-No-Ri. It is so fun and very simple. I will bring supplies for anyone who wants to make their own Yut game.
We can also chalk a giant boardgame on the sidewalk or parking lot like this one below.
Or you might get inspired to make your own table top boardgame like Ula made for her sister as a Christmas gift (see top image).
Can’t wait to see you there. The weather should be sublime!