Even though I had my name tag on all day, our buddy could only manage to remember Liza's name. I made a lot of effort to ask lots of questions and crack jokes, and it didn't even freakin' matter--Liza was still the favorite! Typical. Anyway, so we decided to tackle the gingerbread house first to get it out of the way, and it turned out to be the project I enjoyed the most. And no, I didn't eat even one piece of candy! I didn't want to give our buddy a "don't spoil your lunch" speech staight out of the gate, so I kept my mouth shut as she popped Tootsie Rolls into her mouth, one after the other.
Next we made wreaths (my least favorite), then a puppet, then a clay sculpture and lastly, a picture frame. Our bud had quite a lot of um, spirit, and there were several times we had to chase after her in between projects. It was all good though--I wore my comfy black leggings and Converse sneaks for that very reason.
When it was all over, I knew it was something I wanted to do again. A lof of these kids probably won't get any presents for Christmas (some come from homeless shelters), so it was great to do these fun holiday projects with them and see the smiles on their faces.
If anyone wants to learn more about the Free Arts Day program in NYC, let me know and I can hook you up! So how did you spend your Saturday afternoon? Don't worry, I won't judge you if you watched reality TV all day long.