「孩子們很願意認真學習,不過可以感覺到在心靈深處他們需要的就是陪伴!」
“The children are so dedicated and have such a passion to learn, however, I could feel that in their hearts they also really want someone to be by their side” 

—大朋友 Chelsea Huang / -First Time Big Friend Chelsea Huang

「第一次參加活動,發現其實可以平常心對孩子,不需要特別不一樣,男朋友本來很抗拒參加這樣的活動,但是經歷了一天的課程,竟然說下次願意再來!」

“This is my first time to join an event and realized that I could just be my regular self with the children, there was no need to act or pretend to be any different. My boyfriend who joined me that day was at first hesitant against joining the workshop but after today said he was open to coming back!”

—大朋友Meg Lien / – First Time Big Friend Meg Lien

「我很喜歡你們每次的課都會帶入一些富有教育意義的議題,真的很棒!」“I really liked that in each edu-course, there’s an aspect of teaching the kids something new, it’s really fantastic!” 

— 嚮光協會理事 / 大朋友 Jerry Liu / – Bright Side Projects Board of Director / Big Friend – Jerry Liu

很高興再次邀請到Paula老師來教大家做美麗又好玩的皮納塔!

在課程開始前,我們簡單的介紹了皮納塔的歷史,還有墨西哥5月5日節跟資本主義、諷刺漫畫的關係,希望透過課程讓孩子可以用輕鬆的方式學習到更多現今社會的議題與知識,我們選用廢紙箱、不要的麥片盒等環保的素材,搭配皺紋紙跟白膠、膠帶,就能開始做皮納塔了!

大朋友協助讓孩子透過發想創意,引導孩子慢慢描繪出自己的皮納塔,有的孩子做的是自己喜歡的動物,有的是太陽,還有孩子做了害怕的動物希望在打爆皮納塔的同時可以克服自己的恐懼!

在共同創作的過程中,大小朋友需要良好的互動與團隊合作,互相幫忙,一起細心的切割、剪紙、黏貼、配色,在這樣的合作關係中自然而然的培養孩子的人際互動技巧還有歸屬感!

午餐特別感謝Sophie和Teotihuacán的熱情贊助,提供道地的純素墨西哥捲餅給孩子吃!真的營養豐富又美味!孩子們也一起幫忙製作番茄莎莎醬還有酪梨泥,好吃又好玩!

皮納塔完成後,大家矇起眼睛揮棒,一起玩皮納塔遊戲,好刺激啊!大朋友跟小朋友們玩在一起團隊合作,終於把禮物敲出來了!!!活動大成功!當然我們的禮物可不是只有糖果這麼簡單,除了純素杯子蛋糕、棒棒糖之外還有的是唱歌、跳舞、青蛙跳的紙籤,大朋友小朋友們抽到也非常熱情的又唱又跳,這次的課程就在這樣熱鬧歡樂的氣氛劃下句點囉!

我們獨特的美食與創作教育課程是一種有趣的互動方式,能為孩子帶來一些從沒機會學習體驗的外國文化,我們希望能夠為孩子帶來更多不同的活動與機會!請支持我們!

老師 TeacherPaula Perry: http://brightside.tw/helping-hands-paula-perry/
助理 Teacher Assistant: Sarah Perry
攝影師 Photographer:Daisy Lin
大朋友 Big Friends:Wendy (何宣緯),姜重伊,Silvia,陳智彥,Rufen Cheng,邱冠郡,Rhea Chou ,Jerry Liu, Meg Lien, Chelsea Huang, Wayne Hsu,

廚師 Chef:Sophie Hsu
贊助者 Sponsors: Teotihuacán, Josephine Cheng, 柯彥旭 Cashy Ko, Kaye Yuan, Norika Watanabe,Rufen Cheng, 吳妃琇 Carol Yu, 吳怜瑩, Anonymous1973 中華郵, Anonymous Marathoner, 游智翔, 林州長, 趙偉成 Jimmy, Anonymous7113 國泰世
特別感謝 Special Thanks: 睦祥育幼院, 劉緣玉, JImmy Peng, Edney Yang
更多照片 More Images: https://goo.gl/xQ3yKH
您也可以贊助孩子,贊助我們!SUPPORT US! http://brightside.tw/donate/

We are so honored that Teacher Paula made time for us so that kids could learn how to make colorful pinatas again! Before the class began, we had a presentation to show the kids that explained the actual origins of the holiday that is celebrated called “Cinco de Mayo” and how it became to be only popular in the United States and not in Mexico. Capitalism, commodification, commercialization, and the effects of caricaturization were explored with the children.

We began the numerous steps to pinata creation, getting the kids to sketch and then pick out recycled cardboard with their Big Friends, cutting and then the tedious task of papering. At lunch break we enjoyed a delicious plant-based meal hand-made by Sophie sponsored by her Mexican restaurant Teotihuacán. Kids had the opportunity to create guacamole and listened very intently, assisting through all the cutting and chopping of ingredients.

Stunning photos of the kids and their pinata masterpieces were taking with the backdrop artwork courtesy of Edney Yang. There were many memorable moments throughout the day but of course, the highlight was taking their turn with the baseball bat on the summery watermelon pinata created by Teacher Paula and Teacher Assistant Sarah.

Instead of simply stuffing it with only plastic wrapped candies, we decided to go more environmentally friendly and fun by using our excess cardboard pieces with numbers written on it. Each number represented something – from a vegan chocolate chip cupcake, or an activity such as leap frog, dance, or song, the kid would have to perform. Was a wonderful way to end the day burning energy and with laughter.

Through food and creation in our unique edu-course, it was a fun and interactive way for us to bring a slice of a foreign culture that kids might not have had the chance to learn about or experience. We hope to be able to bring more activities and diverse opportunities to kids so please support us!