SUPW - Socially useful and productive work!

Say primary school or exams - it brings back memories of lot of fun filled activities along with the normal syllabus. Languages, Basic math,science and social studies are the ones included in the normal stream. The ones out of this are - General Knowledge, moral science, story telling, project work - these become the building block for a child's growth in a complete way.

Last week an evening as I returned home, a neighbour's kid was waiting for me the enitre afternoon for help.He needed guidance to complete his project work. The school had come up with a concept to bring the creativity out of a child's mind.It goes this way - use the waste materials and create something useful - Socially useful and productive work(SUPW).

SUPW is another learning area falling under the non-scholatic domain - This ensures that the students develop better understanding of their social and environmental issues. It also encourages students to take up varities of activities,which are productive and useful.

I being an indvidulal inclined to crafts/painting and other artistic creativity, readily agreed to help the young lad.

Asked the kid of his interests and what he wanted to make. He had made up his mind of what items he would use but was not sure what he wanted to make. He carried an old plastic water bottle in one hand and had a few meters of brown twine.

My brain thought for a few minutes and came up with the idea of making a beautiful container which can be used as a pen stand or a vase that can hold few flowers.

We started off with the project and was satisfied with the end product. Here is what we did.

First, we had fun with the pull and push of hack-saw blade to cut the plastic bottle to remove the cone shaped top.

We decided to use only the bottom cyclindrical part. Next asked the kid to play with the glue(used fevicol). As he smeared the outer surface of the bottle I started placing the twine on it in circles going round and round. This was done till the
entire bottle was covered with the brown twine.

The step after this was to glue a few old white buttons on the top of this container.

Water paint - It'd been a long time since I painted using the color pallets and here I was holding the brush.

Made the outlines of the colors that needed to go in - blue, red and yellow. He made the strokes and splashes.

Final product was what you see below.

I had a great time working on this small project. It was not a bad one I guess.


KParthasarathi said...

Let alone the beautiful outcome,you motivated the boy giving your time and sitting along with him and making him do the things.This is what I see moms do for their kids.But the admirable thing is you have helped a neighbour's kid.
When I read your blog I was reminded of the quote I saw in my mail box on World Teachers day.
"Teachesr inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world_-Paula J.Fox

subtlescribbler said...

looks pretty interesting i must say :D and applaudable on ur part to help the kid..!


Bikramjit said...

this is beautiful.
I remember in school i had it and I won the Duke of edinburgh award .. in that we had so many things to do ..


Rachna said...

Very nice. You brought back my own memories of my school days when such projects were done with so much zeal, and my poor mother had to go hunting places for specific material :).

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

@KParthasarathi: Wonderful quote. Thanks for those inspiring words. I do what I love to do even if I am tired to death and crafts/arts is one such thing.

@Sarah: Thank you girl. Glad you liked the stuff.

@Bikram: Congratulations on the award, I know am late but thats a good thing to know about you. Thank you for liking the piece.

@Rachna: I remember taking my dad all through the market shops to find a kind of thin foil/sheet in various colors. How crazy those days were.

Sum said...

Wow! Nice one.... It feels so good to make something creative out of waste material! It's come out good...

Sujatha Sathya said...

what can i say? u r so talented girl :))

a waste bottle transformed into something so simple,useful & aesthetically appealing!!
Ashwini..tere haath mujhe de do....hahha

Mishi said...

wow ashwini you really are talented mashALLAH..this is beautiful! :-)

A said...

Cool. Nice one. :))))

I am glad kids wait for you for help. You must be good with kids. I did not know about SUPW. Now I know.

bhupendra said...

very interesting , I remember how we used to make colorful bright wall hangings by wrapping empty match boxes around diwali....

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

@Sum: I had so much fun making this stuff. Thank you!

@Sujatha: My hands are all yours.. My brains still with me ... :):)Enjoi maadi.. Thanks dear.

@Mishi: Thank you Thank you! nice to hear you all liked this piece.

@A: Yes Amrit, these few kids love the way I talk to them, play with them. I have lots patience left in me, that I can handle them with care:)

@Bhupendra: I think this is your first time on my blog. Welcome and I am happy I brought back some memories of yours. Thats a nice piece of art work you have talked about.

Juxta said...

Beautiful and Creative. :) We used to have these SUPW periods too. I guess those finally helped when I needed to help my kids with projects. But at that time we used to call it "Some Useful Period Wasted". :)

@Bikram - My son is talking about this award. It works on the points system or something. He is going to give it a try too. Congrats on the award. :)

Sahana Rao said...

Lovely! That was creative work Ashwini. Especially the use of paint over the thread makes it look so beautiful! Kudos!

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

@Juxta: I liked that name given for SUPW. Thanks for visitng.

@Sahana: Thank you. I loved the use of colors too..

Rajendra Raikwar said...

very nice

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

@Rajendra Raikwar: Thank you so much!



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