On Demand Activities

This year Baboró offered schools On Demand activities to be enjoyed at a time convenient for them. Both teachers and students found these events enriching and fascinating. Each event had a pack of resources, such as video tutorials, that guided participants through the activities. We have included these resource packs below so that you can enjoy the activities for the first time or engage with them again. You will need one device, such as a computer or tablet, to access the resources. You may also wish to use a projector to present the videos to your class.

She Crashes In and Fizzles Out

Jojo Hynes created an exhibition inspired by the stories of female water deities throughout the world, revered goddesses who crashed in and fizzled out of our collective memory like water lapping the shore. In this online tour, Jojo, in conversation with Joanna McGlynn, walks you through the exhibition and talks about the process behind the work.

Are you sure that it was seaweed that touched your swimming toes?

Have you ever seen something shimmer in the water?

Do you hear the ripples and rapids sing?

Displayed alongside the work of Jojo is work by young artists who took part in online workshops facilitated by Jojo during Cruinniú na nÓg, Galway earlier this year. The children invented their own new myths about their locality and from these have manifested artworks surrounding these stories.

Young Artists: Annalysse Nally, Dearbhla Murphy, Gráinne Ní Bhroin, Leah O’Driscoll, Méabh Mahon, Millie Ross, Róise Hayes. Curated by: Rita McMahon & Maeve Mulrennan Art Technicians: Stephen Cunniffe and David Finn

Bees, Biodiversity and Me

In this hands-on pre-recorded workshop, Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou Creativity Lab takes a look at the role of the humble bumblebee in biodiversity. Preserving biodiversity is a big task, but there are things that we can all do, right in our own backyards, to make a difference.

In the video, Lindsay talks about the important things that bees do for us every day, how to become a citizen scientist and the simple things we can do to attract bees to our gardens. During the workshop she show students how to make a home for solitary bees that will be crafted using simple items found at home, in school, the recycling bin and in nature.

Workshop Preparation

  1. Read or download the pre-engagement pack here which will give you an overview of the workshop and a list of items each child will need to create their bee hotel as part of the workshop.
  2. Watch the introductory video below. You may wish to present this to your class to help prepare them for the workshop.

Workshop Video

In the full workshop video below, Lindsay discusses biodiversity and guides students step by step in the crafting of their own bee hotel. You will be prompted to pause the video to encourage class engagement.

The Rights of Child Workshop

The ability to exercise your culture and express oneself creatively are fundamental rights that all children are entitled to. The Ombudsman for Children's Office created an online workshop focusing on children’s rights and self-expression, which can be used in the classroom or at home.

Activity ideas for teachers and parents encourage children to actively participate and engage with the idea of children's rights, be it through art, writing or improvisation.

What to Know Before the Workshop

The video is presented by a member of the Participation and Rights Education team, Aoife. At the end of the video Aoife assigns a challenge to the children to create a piece of artwork that represents your pupils' favourite or most important right to them.

This piece of artwork can take any form. Children can work in their pods/bubbles, in pairs or alone depending on how you would like to organise your class.

The art could be traditional painting or drawing, or it could be a short story, poem or play. You should encourage your children to express themselves in whatever way they want. This is one of their rights!

This is a video workshop and activity which will require:

  • a display or projector with speakers that can play the youtube videos below
  • arts materials for drawing, painting, play or writing - no specific materials are required
  • (optional) you can download and print a poster about the Rights of the Child for your classrooms here (English) or here (Gaeilge)
  • (optional) You can view a summary of the articles of the UN Convention of the Rights of the the Child here

Further reading and materials for teachers can be found here: Rights Of The Child Workshop Resources Baboro 2020

Greeting Video From Ombudsman for Children

The Ombudsman for Children's Office is a human rights institution. We work to promote and protect the rights and welfare of children in Ireland. We want children and young people to be actively heard and respected so they experience safe, happy and fulfilling everyday lives. We do this through raising awareness of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child through workshops and by investigating complaints about services provided to children by public bodies.

Workshop Video

This event was supported by The Ombudsman for Children's Office.