As the time to decorate at the courthouse draws near, Roost kids are putting the finishing touches on the components for their banister and landing area decorating. Loraxes got hangers, Onceler’s house received some paint and a roof, cats in hats got details, Horton “found” his nest, Truffala trees were “planted,” lights were checked and some last minute decisions were made. Kids that have attended the Roost in years past are eager to do the transformation, while kids new to the Roost are a little unsure of what to expect.
Over time, all the donations of crafting items have been wonderful – perfect for so many of the creations assembled for the courthouse as well as other projects. When we say we can use about anything it is the truth. For this Christmas project we’ve used quilt batting, fiberfill, acrylic paint, spray paint, dowel sticks, lathe, stuffed animals, felt, yarn, retired Christmas decorations and trees, beads, assorted cardboard tubes, wood blocks, flower pots, Styrofoam balls and pieces, pipe cleaners, poms, skewers, glitter, and more. As the saying goes, “One person’s junk is another’s treasure.”
With the transition time between high school� volleyball and basketball, the kids have been able to expend energy playing in the gym – tossing balls, hula hooping, hitting volleyballs, shooting a few hoops, running laps, and playing hand baseball with a soft ball. The great weather has been enticing as well.
“’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” was read to the kids. With fun rhyming and rhythm patterned after “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the story placed a group of young school children on a field trip to a turkey farm. Once the children learned the fate-to-be of the turkeys on Mac Nugget’s farm they banded together to smuggle the turkeys under their shirts back to their homes to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with their families—with no turkey on the menu. As a follow-up project, kids were given paper feathers to color and an assortment of colored paper pieces from which to make bodies, beaks, legs, wattles and eyes. Some chose to assemble a side view while others did a front view.
If you make a stop at the Hand County Library you may like to check out the paintings done with light Karo syrup and food color. They are unique.
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“IS THIS WHERE THE EYES GO?” “This hat is a little tight.” These were some of the considerations Roost kids had as they went into production to make the Cat in the Hat for the courthouse holiday display.
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