The Outreach Service visited Booth Hall Children’s hospital this week with Chanje Kunda, a performance poet from Lime Arts, Manchester.The play centre at the hospital is a great space with a pool table, foozball and a very relaxing sensory room, we didn’t want to leave!
The children enjoyed handling the objects we took in; a jaguar skull, a polar bear skull, Amazon insects and African beetles. One of the children didn’t believe the Feather Wing beetle was real, “it’s too small, you’ve just drawn that on with a pencil, I’m going to google it!”.
The Feather Wing beetle is tiny and is displayed next to an Atlas beetle and a Stag beetle to demonstrate the vast range of beetle species. Beetles have more species than any other order in the animal kingdom and make up about 25% of life on earth.
Chanje performed a beautiful poem and Indian dancing to a Bangra soundtrack. She showed the children traditional African clothing and told a fable of how the tortoise got its shell. We had a great time and will be visiting again soon.