Thursday, December 3, 2015

Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

Text and photos by Elizabeth Barnes (unless otherwise noted)

Anyone hoping to make a real snowman in Llanos del Pinal is out of luck: the weather's just now dropping to 0 °C, with no sign of snow. But one of the Family Support Center kids' last activities of the year is making invitations to the Christmas party, a huge celebration with all the FSC participants and their immediate families. The staff try to come up with a craft that will be simple enough for the youngest kids but involved enough for the oldest.

This year we opted to make "stained glass" with construction paper and colored tissue. Crafting proved tricky for some of the younger kids, who had to experiment with the symmetrical patterns they could achieve by folding and cutting their paper. But they persevered to create lovely invitations for their families.

Evelyn takes a look at Ingrid's work.

Photo by Shanti Aguilar
Despite full creative freedom, most kids wanted to make snowmen like the one in the sample. What can you do? Snowmen are big this year. But we also saw a few Christmas trees and lots of creative touches with stamps and stickers. ¡Bien hecho, todos!

This invitation project marked our last Thursday of the Family Support Center year, and we have just a few more special events before 2016.

If you haven't already read the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Solidaridad, the Foundation Todos Juntos and Pop Wuj Spanish School newsletter, check out its articles on the FSC vacation curriculum, service learning at the clinic, and developments in the nutrition program.

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