Can my students be my Valentine?


      Valentines Day is coming up. How to tell? This holiday is right next to Christmas if you are comparing how many radio ads and cards are stocking the shelves (actually valentines day beats Christmas in this category). … ok all is silly except if you pass the display of chocolate, that’s seriously necessary. The commercialization of romantic feelings cheapens the meaning of love (since love is far from chocolate and roses most of the time).

       But then look at these adorable faces below and they redeem the holiday for me… these are my valentines, each of these amazing kids. And you guys just see how beautiful they are on the outside but 10 times more on the inside, if you can believe that! The chance I have to get to know each child, like Charles, Wanga, Sabina, David and Collins- is a huge priviledge that I am treasuring constantly. They are like valentines that God has given to me in this moment… they are blessings to me every time I step into Mathare.

In Mathare, though, we connected Valentines with the One who created each of us and talked with the children about the valentine that was sent especially for them- by their Creator. After resurrecting this love holiday through the connection of receiving an everlasting love from the One who first loved us, we moved into this week’s sculpture. It was a pinch pot/coil pot combo! I had cooked clay (looks like Ugali) the night before and then instructed the children to begin with a round ball and push their thumbs into it slowly as they rotate the clay. This was the pinch pot part and as they continued and once the pot got deeper I told them to now pinch the top potion inwardly and the bottom portion outward so that the pot formed the shape of a heart. After this they rolled out coils to attach to the pot to build it up in size, connecting this to how we can grow and choose to add on character traits that reflect the love that has been shown to us… things such as love, joy, patience, humility, ect. I was actually surprised that my kids made these pots with such ease and that no one really had trouble with it. The pots turned out very well and next week I am hoping that they can paint them!

Cornstarch Clay

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup water

1 cup baking soda

½ cup salt

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together
  2. Add water and mix well.
  3. Cook clay on Medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens to the consistency of mashed potatoes
  4. Remove from heat, let cook and knead till smooth.

***I multiplied this recipe by 7 in order for us to have enough for 21 kids, plus some curious adults!


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