TO pack a room with boisterous, half-term-celebrating, youngsters would seem like a recipe for loud noise.
But give them a range of interesting craft-work to attempt and the result can be near-silence.
Volunteers achieved the seemingly-impossible at Halloween when the Museum’s Education Room was thrown over to exciting half-term activities with a World War I theme.
As the youngsters became absorbed in the challenges the room became strangely quiet.
Table One was given over to the creation of the national flags of the participating nations. Concentration was at its most intense when grappling with the intricacies of the Union Flag but equal care was taken with the likes of France, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Japan.
Cut out the cardboard, stick on the “ribbons” and watch a medals appear as Table Two re-created “Pip, Squeak and Wildfred” – the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Semaphore flags were being coloured in with enthusiasm on Table 3 and soon lead-volunteer Ann Lucarotti was studying the code book and trying her skills with the flags.
Meanwhile, miracles were being performed on Table 4 where cardboard picnic plates were being cut, fashioned, coloured and transformed into remembrance poppies.
Their labours complete, the youngsters were given a tour of the museum’s exhibition commemorating the First World War. The children were given an insight into the actions of the Bexhill men and women who played their part before viewing archive footage of men of the Canadian officer-training school parading in Egerton Park.