After our friends went home, we discussed how nice it was for our Baby Home friends to bring a present for us. In an attempt to help the children understand that they can make choices to make a difference in the lives of others, we asked the class if they would all like to make a Christmas present for the children from the home, that may bring joy to them at Christmas time. This suggestion was met with much enthusiasm and excitement and the children had many ideas about what to give. Here are their ideas:
Jesse: Christmas tree and wreath
Natalie: Give a TV for Christmas
Chloe: Give them a special book
Oliver: Racing car
Kaito, Shoma, Lerah, Martina, Ashley, Yuri, Jina: Christmas tree
Akihiko: Letter, origami
Scarlett: A Frozen plate
Danny: A picture of Santa on a roof
As a group we decided that our gift to the children at the home would be a Christmas Tree with decorations made from clay, incorporating all the ideas of each of the children such as a racing car, Santa, TV, DVD, balloons, a book, a wreath, Frozen.
The teachers bought a live Christmas Tree and then the children worked with their parents to make the decorations with clay on our Craft Luncheon Day. This was a delightful and rewarding experience for the children, parents and teachers. We all enjoyed working together as a group to make our collaborative present for the children at the home. We were very touched that the children were able to spend so much time and thought creating the decorations knowing that they were not going to keep them, but that they were making them as a gift for the children at the home.
We will walk over to deliver the gifts to the children’s home in the coming week, keeping our promise to see each again.
Please enjoy viewing the slideshow from our morning:
ELC Craft-Luncheon from YIS ELC on Vimeo.