As Hypertufa is not a process/technique people are usually familiar with, The AMI school took an initiative to include this activity as a part of their Life Skills Program.
A very simple explanation of the concept is that Hypertufa looks like stone, but weighs less and is easy to mould into different shapes. The technique is child friendly and can easily be carried out at home under adult supervision.
This process consists of 5 steps along with various supplies and materials like portland cement, perlite etc. Once all the materials are mixed together and the steps are followed, the Hypertufa is kept in shade for a few days and is left to harden in texture. Once it has completely shaped, it is then used as containers that are not only unique, but also hold aesthetic value and can be used as ornaments.
The presentation was extremely interesting to observe as both the instructors interacted with the students throughout. The most interesting aspect of this class was the inclusion of nature. These containers were made for rock plants and things like succulents and other plants. Leaves of various trees including papaya were used to give the pieces a fossilized effect. The class was conducted by the guest trainer Ms.Tarranum Anwar and our home gardening instructor Ms. Itrat Haseeb
The bestthing about this class was its nature of being out of the box. Allowing thechildren creative freedom. It managed to plant the following seeds:
– Strong sense of confidence in their own skills
– Sense of achievement
– Creative outlet
-Appreciation of nature and its simplistic beauty
The motto of the Life Skill Program is “Planting The Seeds Of Growth And Change” and it is fair to say that the Hypertufa class did manage to do so successfully.
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