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A class of 7-year-olds made those Hopi Eye Christmas ornaments. And pretty much by themselves. Sure, I needed to help the kids making knots and showing them how to wind the yarn around the popsicle sticks. And sure, the plan was that they were supposed to look like these:
Sure, most of them have the weaving done alternating on each side or just piled on itself, and some kids just couldn’t figure it out and ended up just winding the yarn around the center. But I think they’re freakin’ amazing.
Doing manual projects with kids can be so enlightening. It’s almost certain that at some point they’ll deviate from the original plan. Children open up your mind to all sorts of new possibilities. Their Hopi Eyes, while not “perfect” in the literal sense, have an amazing depth and personality to them, just like their creators. And to see their faces light up as they saw them come together. And how they beamed when I exclaimed how beautiful they were. Priceless. We made these this morning to sell at the school’s upcoming charity Christmas market. Many of the kids told me that they wanted to buy their own from the market, but they might end up disappointed… I’m considering buying up the lot of them!