4th of July Fun

Better late than never…I have to share a few photos taken last week during our Independence Day Celebration in our Primary Community. As part of our Summer Camp Theme “Natural Art”, our friends used recycled items to create holiday decorations. What a fun way to celebrate our country’s independence!

DSC_0929Red, white and blue fireworks were made using a recycled toilet paper roll as a stamp. (Glitter was added for special affect, of course!)

Fireworks_1 Fireworks_2 Fireworks_3 Fireworks_4Necklaces were made from pre-cut shapes, hole-punched and threaded onto a piece of yarn.
DSC_0915 DSC_0904DSC_0912 DSC_0909Festive red, white and blue garland adorned the room.
DSC_0906One of our friends chose to grade the color tablets in intensity of color, according to what he thought was most patriotic.DSC_0903One of our primary community members proudly displays her 4th of July crown hand-made from a paper plate and painted blue and red.
DSC_0901We hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day/Weekend with their families!

Diwali Celebration

Our primary community celebrated Diwali today, India’s “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, depending on where one lives. This festival marks the last harvest of the year before winter, and also represents the victory of good over evil.

In our community, we celebrate the Festival of Lights. There is no religious affiliation to the celebration, however we do embrace the culture and historical importance of the holiday itself. Many of our families celebrate this holiday in their homes, in their own personal way. The children read books and look at pictures of the Festival of Lights, light candles, and often times make a symbolic Rangoli, which is a type of folk art from India made of sand, flower petals, etc., and is produced on the floor.

"Diwali works" were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

“Diwali works” were added to our art shelf to help celebrate the occasion.

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends - thank you!

One of our friends brought hand-made candles with a special note to share with all our friends – thank you!

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Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

Ms. Geetha shows everyone how to make their own Rangoli.

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"Lamp Tracing" was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

“Lamp Tracing” was available at the light box. Children could trace and color or paint their new art.

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We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the "Festival of Lights".

We lit candles around the rangoli to commemorate the “Festival of Lights”.

For a brief look into the history of Diwali, I would invite you to explore the links provided below: