With more children this time, we worked with two different groups.
For this visit, we had a new group of HappyDoll Volunteers who were eager to meet the children at ABC! Our friends from the HappyDoll Stuffing Team
, Yukiyo, Keiko, Hikaru and Yuka joined us along with our new friend, Shotaro. Oh, and of course our reliable HappyDoll volunteer leader and actor, Erin was there to inspire the whole team!
After we learned about where the U.S. was located on the globe, we talked about where we want the HappyDolls to travel... When we asked the kids "Where are we from?" one child answered, "We're all from the same earth!"
The kids were excited to make their dolls but once they sat at the tables, the room fell quiet and all the kids were engrossed in creating their HappyDolls.
The second group of kids had just woken up from their naps, entering the classroom with sleepy eyes. Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to lead the kids to her workshop, Erin introduced the kids to Yoga and we all took deep breaths together while imagining what our HappyDolls would look like.
"Can my doll have yellow eyes?" a child would ask, and Erin would answer, "Your dolls can have any color eyes you want!"
"I think this HappyDoll should have orange arms..."
All the kids are VERY serious when it comes down to HappyDoll making.
Once they're done, it's time to play!
Now it's time to wish our HappyDolls good luck and send them off to their next destination...The kids went wild for the Bon Voyage Ceremony!
GOOD BYE HAPPYDOLLS! Travel safe and go make someone happy:)
Here are some comments from our beloved HappyDoll volunteers:
"I was so impressed by the creativity of all the kids and their vast imagination. Some of the children spoke to one another, and decided that their HappyDolls were siblings and even named them together. They reminded me of how much fun it can be to imagine a story. It was such an inspiring experience to hear them try to explain their world to me using their HappyDolls"
"I especially enjoyed the last part, when we sang 'If you're happy and you know it'. It was really fun and the children were so into it! Maybe the children would enjoy singing a HappyDoll theme song?" -Hikaru
"We contributed by making the blank dolls before, but it was such a fulfilling experience to actually see the kids use the dolls as canvases to express their imagination. Each child had a unique idea and concept for their HappyDolls with such genuine empathy."