About two months ago, I was contacted by the organization called Teen With A Dream. Teen With A Dream was founded by Spencer Harrison when he was only 14 years old to help better the lives of kids with cancer.
(Spencer is now in his 20’s and is cancer free! He is going to college and has committed his life to helping children that have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer.)
When they asked me if I could help them with an event at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, I jumped at the chance! Ironically, I planned to be in that area visiting Creative Teaching Press for the week, so I was actually able to attend the event! When I explained the situation to my Creative Teaching Press friends, they instantly offered their assistance and donated all of the party supplies and made goodie bags for each child!
Since the Harrison’s are from Colorado, they wanted to bring the SNOW to LA! So, we decided to create a snow themed event for the children! I quickly went into action and created a memorable party for every person in attendance.
All of my decorations had to be made ahead of time, since we only had a half hour to decorate. To be honest, I was worried. I never thought we could pull this challenge off! I lugged a large suitcase throughout the hospital filled with party decorations, games, and craft supplies.
We were given a tiny, sterile looking conference room to decorate…and let me remind you, only a HALF hour to create a Winter Wonderland with games and crafts!
As we were finishing our set-up, the children started to arrive. We were told that we weren’t allowed to take pictures of children for obvious reasons, so my pictures of the event are limited. I used CTP 10 inch and 6 inch snowman cut-outs AND 10 inch, 6 inch, and 1 inch snowflake cut-outs for the party decor…
Here are a few pics of the event…
10 inch snowflake cut-outs on white paper daisies
More 10 inch snowflake cut-outs! In the background, I hung the 6 inch snowman cut-outs on silver garland. We also covered the walls with snowmen and snowflakes and sprinkled tables with the 1 inch snowflake cut-outs! It was beautiful!
I used the large 10 inch snowmen to make adorable centerpieces for the tables!
More 10 inch snowmen cut-outs! Remember, everything had to be transported from Michigan to LA, so everything needed to be portable AND it needed to be EASY and QUICK!
One more! REALLY cute!
I knew the decor made an impact with the children when they were pointing up at the ceiling and in awe of the pretty decorations! Hospital personnel were also amazed at the transformation and commented several times how the pretty decor changed the entire feeling of the room. We left all of the decorations up when we were finished. We knew that it would help families and hospital staff to feel uplifted whenever they entered the room.
It was highly evident to our Creative Teaching Press team how important decor can be to both children and adults by the end of the event.
As our craft, we made adorable stuffed snowmen for the children and parent’s to take home. It wasn’t unusual to see parents making a snowman right along with their children. At one point, Jan Harrison pointed my attention to a father that was diligently working away on his own snowman. Jan explained that parents need to take part in these activities as well in an effort to take their minds off of the reason why they are there.
(These are not our actual snowmen, but we made similar ones at the event. This image was found on Pinterest.)
In addition to our fun craft, we also had coloring sheets available, a snowball toss game, “PIN THE NOSE ON THE SNOWMAN” game, and fake snow for the children to take home! Due to the party needing to be “germ free” we weren’t able to do food, but there are a ton of great snowman snack ideas our there on Pinterest! This was truly the perfect party for children. As a classroom teacher, I wouldn’t hesitate to duplicate the activities for a great classroom party!
As the children left the event, they were handed a goodie bag filled with Creative Teaching Press items…
A new Dots on Black Pen
It was truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel so honored to have been a part of this special day!
By Melanie R. of Michigan.Pin It