549 Ate Carol’s Slipper Art with Jesus Loves the Little Children Foundation

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Written by Core Team Leader Chessika Chua

It takes one hand to reach out, one word to say “Sorry”, one move to change, one hello to fall in love, and one step to make a difference.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -Lao Tzu.

On a happy Saturday, our dear volunteers and U! Happy Events guided the kids of Jesus Loves the Little Children as they take their steps to explore the road of creativity. For this day’s journey: Create Your Own Flip Flops!

First Step: One Hello

Before the main activity, the Ates and Kuyas partnered with the kids to have a getting-to-know time. It is very important to get to know people, listen, and expand the circle of ideas. Often just the simple act of taking the time to listen is enough to show the kids that we care….a lot. 🙂

Next Step: One Move

When the kids and volunteers finally reached their “comfort zone”, it was the perfect time to play some games as a team, as one! Games help teach the children about aspiration, success, and disappointment. An incredible amount happens when children are playing: they learn to reason, negotiate and problem solve. The kids also develop confidence and competence. Children love playing games and they love it even more when it means spending time with their Ates and Kuyas! U! Happy Events believes that games promote personal interaction and help create opportunities for open communication. Win or lose, it will always be a fun bonding experience for sure!

The Journey: Create Your Own Flip Flops

The highlight of the day was the showcase of the children’s creativity and eye for detail as they took part in the slipper-making workshop. The girls and boys were very eager to come up with their very own pair own slippers decorated with their original designs. But, we want U to be part of this journey as well! Surprise! So here is a similar procedure on how you can make your own slippers too! 🙂

1. Trace different shoe sizes (small, medium, large) on scrap paper and cut out.
2. Pin the sole pattern to the felt, and cut around it. Cut a second felt sole the same way.
3. Place the top 1/2 to 2/3 of the sole pattern on a piece of paper. Draw a curved line about 1 1/2 inches larger than the sole pattern, making a U shape. Cut along the line to make a pattern for the top of the felt slipper.
4. Pin the top pattern to the felt and cut around it. Cut a second felt top the same way.
5. Line up the center of the curved edge of one top with the center of the toe end of one sole. Pin the entire curved edge of the top to the sole
6. Sew the curved edge of the top to the sole using a yarn.
7. Tuck the ends of the strip under the edge of the shoe top, overlapping them about 1/4 inch. Pin the strip in place. Stitch the bottom of the strip to the sole, and stitch the overlapping ends to the shoe top.
8. Repeat steps 5 through 8 to make the other felt shoe.

Last Step: One Heart

Before we wrapped up the activity, we made sure that we have given the kids an ultimate bonding experience, coupled with fun and lasting memories. A bunch of beautiful smiles and crazy laughs were shared over lunch together!

We capped of the fun-filled day with a ton of selfies, groufies and millions of thousand folds of love, hope, and joy sealed in sweet goodbye kisses and warm hugs from the kids. Thank you to our beautiful sponsors Ate Donna and Ate Carol for showing us the power of love on this day’s workshop!

Journey with us and have a happy heart at: http://uhappyevents.com 🙂

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