ハロウィーン折り紙 Halloween Origami

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季節もすっかり変わり、年の瀬に向かって慌ただしい時期がやってきましたが、とっくの昔に終わったハロウィーンの話を一つ。

ドラゴンが通っていた小学校のハロウィーンのお祭りで、去年、友人Cさんが主宰したフェイス・ペインティングを手伝った話を書きました(http://dradance.exblog.jp/12301485)。やっぱり絵筆をもつのは苦手、折り紙なら得意なんだけどな、なんて思っていたら、今年はそのCさんの後押しで、なんと自分が折り紙コーナーを受け持つことになったのです。(^ ^;)

ハロウィーンの定番キャラクターの中から、こうもり、お化け、パンプキンを選び、それぞれに、小さい子向けの簡単バージョンと、高学年向けの難しいバージョンの2種類を用意しました。とここまでは簡単ですが、一番の問題は助っ人です。誰でもいいって訳じゃありません。折り紙を人に教えられる人に限定されるのですから。助っ人を集められるかに成功の鍵があると言ってもいいくらいです。

そして、運が良かったとしか思えません。まず、私の折り紙クラスの最初の教え子達4人が来てくれることになりました。ドラゴンと同じく小学校を卒業して、今や中学生になっている子達です。そして日本人仲間から、maidoさんと中学生の娘さんAちゃん、近くに住んでるmasakoさん、そしてHさんの高校生の娘さんRちゃんと強力なメンバーが揃い、ドラゴンも入れて9人のスーパーチームが出来上がりました。これで子供達が殺到しても大丈夫!実は、例の舞姫の転倒事件はこのイベントの2日前に発生したという、相変わらずスリル満点の日々でございます(^ ^;)。

営業(?)時間は夕方6時から9時まで。最初はのんびりとした感じでスタート、人が来なくて、助っ人の中学生ボーイズが宣伝役をかって出て、看板片手に呼び込みの旅に出たりしましたが、あれよあれよという間に教室が満杯に。ハロウィーンの衣装をまとった可愛い子供達が続々と入ってきます。子供達をテーブルに誘導して、助っ人さんにこの子をお願いねと確認し、込んでいるテーブルでは自分も教える側に回ってと、最後まで目の回るような忙しさでした。中学生ボーイズはさすが男の子、時々いなくなってはちゃっかり遊んでました。

どの子も楽しそうに取り組んでて、出来上がった時の嬉しそうな顔と、パパやママが目を丸くして驚いている様子に、自称「折り紙仕掛人」としては「うっしっし、これよこれよ」と笑いが止まりません。この企画を後押ししてくれたCさんにひたすら感謝です。

ところで面白い現象を2つ発見しました。1つは、子供達が3つのキャラクターを一度に折ろうとしないこと。どれか1つを選んで作っていくのです。「へぇ〜、これは予想してなかった」と一人で関心。中には何度も戻ってくる子もちらほらいて、「また来たね〜」と冷やかしてあげたり。

もう1つは、どういうわけか3つのテーブルに均等に子供が来ないことです。さっきまでこうもりのテーブルが押し合いへし合いしていたかと思うと、次はお化けが大繁盛、パンプキンのテーブルまで進出しないと追いつかないっ。ところが、暇だと思っていたパンプキンも気がつくと賑やかになってたり。「へぇ〜」とまた関心することしきりです。

イベントが終わって集計したら、延べ180人の子供が作品を1つ作った勘定になりました。助っ人の方々本当にお疲れさま、お陰さまで大成功でした〜!(^o^)/
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Halloween Origami

Now the seasons have completely changed, hinting that the busy season is arriving toward the end of the year. However, here is a story about Halloween which is already a thing in the past.

It is about the Halloween festival held annually at the elementary school dragon attended. I wrote last year in this blog that I helped in the face painting station that a friend of mine, C-san, had put up (http://dradance.exblog.jp/12301485). Not being good at handling a paint brush, I thought I would do much better with origami at the time. Then this year, with her support, it turned out I was going to lead an origami station. (^ ^;)

I picked three Halloween characters to for kids to make; a bat, a ghost and a pumpkin. I prepared easy and hard versions of each character; easy for little kids and hard for older children. This part was pretty easy. Now, the biggest issue was to get helpers. This could not be anybody. They had to be someone who could teach origami. It was no exaggeration that success would totally depend on whether I could recruit a good number of helpers.

I can only say that I was very lucky. First, I secured four helpers. They were my first origami students who, just like dragon, had graduated from the elementary school and were now in middle school. Then I got four more helpers among my Japanese friends; Maido-san and her daughter A-chan in middle school, Masako-san who lives nearby and R-chan, H-san's daughter in high school. Now, including dragon, the super team of nine helpers was formed. No matter how big the crowd would be, we were ready!! As a matter of fact, the incident of princess falling happened two days before the event. As usual my days are full of thrilling moments. (^ ^;)

Our business(?) hours were from 6 to 9 pm. The first 30 minutes or so were rather slow. The middle school boys even spontaneously made a round to lure customers in, holding up a sign. However, in a blink of an eye, the room was packed with kids. Cute kids dressed up in Halloween costumes came in one after another. Things were hectic until the last minute. We guided each child to the tables and made sure the child had a helper. I sometimes taught at a short-staffed table. The middle school boys were boys after all. They didn't forget to have fun themselves, disappearing every once in a while.

All the kids worked merrily. This origami fun setter, which I call myself, could not stop grinning when she saw their happy faces when they were done and their parents' faces so amazed with what their child had done. "This is it. This is what I wanted to see." I am so grateful for C-san who had given me an encouraging push to do this.

By the way, I made two interesting discoveries. First, most kids would not make all the three characters at once. They picked just one. This was something I hadn't expected at all. I was pretty much amazed but at the same time I noticed some kids were coming back over and over. "How many times are you coming back????" We enjoyed teasing them.

The other thing was that somehow the three tables were never evenly crowded. The bat table got so packed at one moment. Then I found the ghost table was overcrowded. "We have to invade into the pumpkin territory!!" However, there were times that the pumpkin table was lively populated that had been empty a while ago. I was double amazed.

Counting the tickets after the event showed that 180 kids made one project in total. Thanks to all the help from the helpers, the station was a big success! Thank you all for your great job!!(^o^)/
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by danceofdragon | 2010-12-02 09:57