School Children can be refugees for a day

Local school children have had the chance to experience life as a World War II European refugee, learning what it was like to live on restricted rations and how the British learned to be creative with limited materials.

This unusual workshop is being offered to local schools by Splatter Make, which seeks to teach people traditional skills of growing, cooking, mending and making that used to be handed down to generations but are now being lost.

The whole event is designed an immersive drama experience and is based on Judith’s Kerr’s 1971 book, ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’. This is a semi-autobiographical novel telling the tale of a young Jewish girl and her family fleeing Nazi persecution.

The children came dressed as refugees, bringing with them a favourite toy, as did many children from Eastern Europe after fleeing Nazi persecution. They were met at the station by Splatter Make staff who accompanied them to the company’s Beckenham premises.

Activities during the day included learning more about what it was like to be a refugee child, rationing and wartime fashion.

On ‘The Kitchen Front,’ Donna taught them about grow your own, rations and using leftovers. This was followed by a group carrot cookie making session.

Jane explained and demonstrated how to extend the life of garments through ‘make do and mend’ techniques, before letting have a go themselves.

To complete the wartime experience, the children will even ate their lunch in a facsimile air raid shelter

Splatter Make founder Amanda Litster says although this is a fascinating way to learn more about our immediate past, the workshop is more than just a history lesson. “The workshop is cross curricular to build on some of the subjects the children learn in school but, as importantly, it reflects the Splatter Make ethos – to teach the skills that would have been second nature to those who lived through the war.


To book a workshop or for further information, contact Splatter Make on 020 3326 1160 or email: