The holidays dominated December and January with good cheer and fun crafts. Our annual holiday party was a fun time for all. Thanks to a partnership with Toys For Tots the girls each received gifts.
The girls also made gingerbread houses with gingerbread kits. They had lot of fun decorating with the frosting and candy that our Executive Director, Jessica Kubel, taught them to make.
Later in the month, Jessica also taught them the history of Hannukah and how to make dredels.
After Winter Break, the girls got a chance to participate in social action by making signs for the Women's March. They learned more about the importance of art in political movements and got creative with the messages that they wanted to send out with the women attending the march.
January also brought some new science activities. The girls learned first how to grow borax crystals on pipe cleaners. Then once they were more proficient, they made keychains, necklaces, and other keepsakes out of their creations.
Jomie also introduced the girls to LilyTiny, a small programmable circuit board that lights LEDs in sequence. She used this circuit board to inspire the girls to create their own light-up stuffed characters. Each girl designed, cut out, and sewed their character. Then they used conductive thread to sew in the LilyTiny circuit board and LED lights.