Pirate Parrots

Ahoy there! Here’s the second lesson in our pirate series.

Every pirate needs a parrot (ein Papagei), too.  Here is Gerda to show you one way to make a cute feather-and-toilet-paper-roll parrot

If you want to take your Papagei parrot in the bath with you, here’s a picture of our simple wash-cloth/elastic band bird, suitable for any sailor. Add masking tape eyes and as many feathers as you like, for effect.

With (or without) your Papagei parrot, you can fly around the house annoying everyone by singing this funny parrot song:  Ich habe einen kleinen Papagei.

Pirate Hats

Ahoy there, me hearties!!  Boy, have we got a whole lot of fun for you!  Here is the first in our pirate series.

First off, you’re going to need a newspaper pirate hat, of course.  You can fold one like Gerda shows in her awesome pirate hat craft video. If you really want to go to town, paint and decorate your hat like she demonstrates too.

That pirate hat is just begging for you to sing along with your Director and Truffle to that old German favourite song and video, Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken

A bath tub makes a great pirate ship. 

Blow-Worm Racing

Here’s your GAP Director in a video showing the children how to make and race their own blow worms (or caterpillars)! Machen wir ein Wettrennen mit Raupen! They are cute, super simple to make and lots of fun to race.

Hint 1: Blowing them along the floor or table is easier with a proper straw, but as you will see in the video, you can make your own paper straw if you like. (If you do, cut your paper strip quite a bit wider than I did, to make it easier to roll and so you have more overlap when you tape it together.)

Hint 2: For older children, if you blow on the ‘sweet spot’ you can get the worm to appear as though it is moving along in an undulating movement a bit like a little inch worm. This takes some practice but it’s pretty cute when you can get it right!

And yes, parents, you might notice me laughing in the video because I suddenly realised it will look like I am teaching children how to roll their own ciggies at one point… (email me for that out-take if you are in need of a good laugh)… but that’s NOT the idea! Those are just paper straws to blow the worms along, I promise!!!

Thanks to my videographer and German grammar coach. 😉

Lisa-Marie’s Bewegungsgeschichte

Former GAP teacher Lisa-Marie has produced a Bewegungsgeschichte for us all to enjoy! Children from the class of 2019 are sure to remember her, although I’m sure all the children will enjoy her story.

Watch her video to hear her story and follow along with the actions.

Parents can download Lisa-Marie’s story (as a PDF) and read it at home with their children, too.

We thank Lisa-Marie (and her little family) for volunteering to do this for us. She was even brave enough to include some of her out-takes at the end of her video for us! 🙂

Mental Health During COVID

Are you finding the COVID pandemic is having a less-than-helpful effect on your mental health?  There is help out there!

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing and Support Service is a dedicated website with information, advice and strategies to help manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. 
  • #InThisTogether The Australian government’s Mental Health Commission has worked together with leading mental health organisations, experts and spokespeople to develop a national online conversation sharing practical tips to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during #COVID19.  
  • WHO COVID-19 Mental Health Considerations for the public, health workers, parents and people in isolation.
  • Head to Health have a dedicated landing page for mental health information to help you and your loved ones cope with feelings resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Life In Mind and the National Mental Health Commission have developed a landing page consolidating resources available in one spot. This will be updated regularly.
  • RUOK? have shared a message on the importance of staying connected and how to recognise the signs that someone may be struggling.
  • ReachOut have developed resources and practical tips to help young people look after their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific tips for parents about how to talk to their teenagers about COVID-19.
  • headspace have developed tips for young people on how to cope with stress related to Coronavirus.
  • UNICEF Australia have developed resources to support teachers and parents in talking to children about COVID-19 as well as  information on how employers can support working parents during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Emerging Minds have a video for parents on talking to children about disasters, traumatic events, or worries about the future.
  • Phoenix Australia have tips for taking care of yourself and your family as well as for those that need to quarantine or self-isolate and when to seek help.
  • WHO Social Stigma Guidelines for COVID-19 outlines safe language to use when discussing and reporting on COVID-19 to avoid social stigma. For those reporting on mental illness, we encourage you to refer to the Mindframe Guidelines.
  • SBS has Coronavirus health and mental health information for those that speak a language other than English. 

Thanks to Scouts ACT for sending us the list above.

Alle Leut Song

The GAP children will all be familiar with our end-of-the-day song, “Alle Leut'”.

Here’s your GAP Director performing an updated version of Alle Leut (incredibly poorly) for you. (At least Truffle had an idea of what my singing might be like, and she’s run off!)

Here’s the deal: You don’t judge me for my singing and extremely beginner guitar playing; I won’t judge you for your marzipan mice and Tschu-tschu-wa dancing! 🙂

Mail Lesson 2

One of our GAP families told us they went for a really long walk in their neighbourhood, looking at all the mailboxes they could find!

They loved finding different styles of mailbox, and naming the shapes (Formen) they could see in German. Some children might like to identify the numbers they see as well.

Truffle loved this idea, so she took her handy German shape cheat-sheet (below) and went searching for mailboxes too.

Here are some of the mailboxes that Truffle liked. Which shapes can you see? How many more will you see on your walk?

This was Truffle’s favourite! A mailbox planted in a pot!

Office for Hire During COVID

If you need a quiet private office (that isn’t in your own home) during the COVID closures, check this out!

The Turner Scout Hall (at 11 Masson Street, in Haig Park, Turner ACT) has two single offices available now for hire until ACT schools open again.  

You can hire one of our offices on a daily basis ($50/day) or a weekly basis ($200/week).  No need to go into a long term contract with a commercial venue. 

There will be a maximum of two people in the building at once, and you will be in your own private office.

You get:
* peace and quiet (brick walls, triple glazed windows, quiet location)
* your own private office, about 3x4m
* a computer with Windows 10 and Office 2019
* internet access (3G via Wi-Fi)
* a desk and chair
* heating and cooling
* access to a shared fully equipped kitchen
* access to your own private toilets
* on-site secure parking
* a pleasant view of the greenery of Haig Park through your windows
* a filing cabinet (if you are hiring per week)
* weekly cleaning of the venue

You provide:
* your own laptop (if you wish) and files
* your own phone

Interested?  Email  gap.director@spielwelt.org.au  or  turner.scout.hall.hire@spielwelt.org.au

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