Did you know that tomorrow, October 25, is Supreme Master Ching Hai Day? Kids’ Wonderland would like to dedicate Part 2 of, “Vegan Kids Got Talent!” to our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai. We have budding singers, dancers, and musicians from around the world who are not only talented, but also have one thing in common: they’re vegan! Let’s get right to our show today by meeting an amazing harpist
2020-10-24 369 vizionări
Despite all the loss and grief inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world have taken actions to spread joy, strength, and healing where it is most needed. In our two-part show, we want to highlight some of the noble children and teens who have gone above and beyond for the greater good. Two boys from India, Jashith Narang and Ayush Sankaran, took advantage of the precious lockdown time by developing a Smartphone app, called “Climate catastrophe – Earth in Dearth in only seven days.” Users can calculate their carbon footprint based on their daily activities. It also has two games; one is about deforestation and the other is about renewable energy. Their app won an award in the App Inventor Hackathon 2020, held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Stephen Wamukota, a nine-year-old boy from Kenya, independently built two simple devices from wooden window frames; these contraptions help people wash and sanitize their hands, without worrying about frequently touched surfaces, like faucet handles and soap dispensers. His invention won him the Presidential Order of Service, Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award from His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta. A 12-year-old boy from San Francisco, USA named Mizan Rupan-Tompkins invented a smart tool to help people avoid germs. He was inspired with the idea when he noticed his parents were struggling to open doors using their sleeves. He used a 3-D printer to make hook-like devices called, “Safe Touch Pro” in order to minimize interacting with high-touch-surfaces. High-touch-surfaces are objects people interact with frequently to get around, such as door handles, elevator buttons, and ATMs! A 13-year old Canadian boy named Warren Richmond made face shields for health care workers. My young friends, what’s a good deed that you plan to do? What can we do with our “Two Hands”?
2020-10-31 312 vizionări
Despite all the loss and grief inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world have taken actions to spread joy, strength, and healing where it is most needed. SOS From the Kids, a children’s choir from the United Kingdom, became famous for singing about the climate crisis on Britain’s Got Talent. The choir has been honored with a Shining World Hero Award by Supreme Master Ching Hai. During the lockdown, they recorded another song, “Stand As One” via Zoom for all the healthcare workers on the front lines. The proceeds of this song will be given to NHS Charities Together & “Masks For NHS Heroes.” In British Columbia, Canada, 6-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin set up a “drive-by/walk-by joke stand” at the end of his driveway, offering free laughs to lucky neighbors and passersby. He said, "There's a lot of stress in the world, and I kind of want to get some smiles on people's faces." On top of spreading joy and positivity, many children and teens have held fundraisers and donation events for good causes! Tony Hudgell, a five-year old boy with prosthetic legs from the United Kingdom, has raised more than £1 million for the hospital that saved his life. Despite having both legs amputated, Tony was determined to walk 6 miles (close to 10 kilometers) to fundraise for Evelina London Children’s Hospital for saving his life. He was recognized by Supreme Master Ching Hai as a Shining World Compassionate HERO Award laureate. Four siblings from the Pilkington family in Australia, used their own money to donate gift bags to doctors and nurses. Inside each gift bag, they also put their own loving poem to encourage “Superheroes in Scrubs.” These kids generously share whatever they have with others. What a blessing to have so many angels grace our planet.
2020-11-08 253 vizionări
What are “happiness magnets” you may wonder. Well, these are the things that can attract happiness into our lives. Have you ever noticed that some people always seem to be happy and lucky, while others always seem miserable, complain about everything, and experience bad luck? Our story today, “The Two Travelers,” will illustrate this effect. Once upon a time, there was a tailor who could make the best clothes in town. Everyone liked him, not only because of his skills, but also because he was always cheerful and willing to help others. The tailor had a neighbor, the shoemaker, who seemed to be the exact opposite. He was never happy. He was always jealous of others, and wore a long, sour face every day. One day, the tailor decided to go to the capital city to find work. Along the way, he met the shoemaker. They resumed their journey across the forest to the capital, where the royal family lived. Some months later, the two bumped into each other in the street. The shoemaker was satisfied that he was doing better than his old neighbor, and did not offer him any assistance. Eventually the tailor’s sewing shop became prosperous. Eventually, the royal family heard of him and appointed him as their royal tailor. When the shoemaker heard the news about his old neighbor, he became discontented. He then told the king blatant lies about him. One day, the king ordered the guards to bring the tailor before him. “Tailor, I order you to find the crown as you have claimed. If you fail, you must leave this city forever.” Thanks to his duck friend, the tailor delivered the crown to the king the very next day. The king ordered the guard to bring the tailor before him once more. “Tailor, I heard that you have claimed that you could make a miniature sculpture of this palace from wax within 24 hours. I order you to prove your claim.” “Worry not, my friend. My family and I will help you.” The next day, the tailor returned to the forest and found a perfect wax miniature of the palace made by the bees. He brought it to the king right away. In the end, the tailor went on to enjoy a prosperous, happy life, while the shoemaker remained miserable, even though they both lived in the same palace. So, you see, our optimism and virtue attract good things into our lives. They are the happiness magnets. This is a beautiful lesson from the story.
2020-11-15 339 vizionări
Haha! Would you like to learn some interesting games that kids from different countries have been playing? Welcome to our show, “Come Outside to Play with Us.” The first game we would like to introduce to you is a traditional game called “Egrang.” To play this game, the participants each need a pair of stilts made with bamboo. The participants then must perform different tasks while using the stilts. Dancing and racing are some of the most common tasks. This game can train the participants to balance, walk gracefully, and build courage. Another one is called rangkuk alu, or tinikling. which is a traditional game played by people in Indonesia, the Philippines, and other countries around the world. It is a form of traditional dance involving two or more people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground. They compete against each other in coordination with one or more dancers, who step over and in between the poles. There are a lot of benefits to spending time in nature either to play or just hanging out. A study conducted in the UK concluded that after spending time in nature, most children showed improvement with their school work, and became more capable of taking on challenges. As a result, they felt more confident in themselves, and had better relationships with their classmates and teachers. The great scientist, Dr. Albert Einstein, said, “Play is the highest form of research.” Play is the vehicle of children for learning, exploring, developing new skills, and connecting with others. Recent research also indicates that spending time in nature may bring other physical and mental health benefits. Exposure to new environments boosts our immune system, which means we won't get sick as easily. Sunlight provides vitamin D and boosts happiness. By playing outside we can also acquire blessings, along with positive energy from trees, grass, and all the plant life surrounding us. Supreme Master Ching Hai has also mentioned the spiritual blessings we can receive from Nature. “The sun cures your aches and pain, it eliminates toxins through sweat – when it’s hot, you sweat – and also it cures some of the diseases or other ailments. The sun gives benefits to all, bad or good. The sun would glorify the whole Earth that we live on and it gives life to all beings: plants, minerals, animals, etc. The sun gives also people happiness, carefree feeling. The sun is necessary for all on Earth.”
2020-11-22 108 vizionări
Today, in part 2 of our, “Vegans Are Cool” series, we’ll introduce you to two young Korean vegan artists who are sharing their inspirations with the world. First, let’s meet Si-a in Wanju County, North Jeolla, Korea. Si-a has shown great interest in painting and pottery since she was young. She even published a picture book at the age of 10. The book is titled, “The Meaning of Words” and was part
2020-11-28 121 vizionări