Simple Service: Rhythm Sticks for Humanitarian Efforts

Service Project: Make Rhythm Sticks for Humanitarian groups to bring to Guatemala

Prep time: 15 minutes if cutting dowels ahead of time

Cost: $2 per set (cost of dowel and paint)

Duration: 30-45 minutes

Lesson(s) learned: A little about life in a Mayan village in Guatemala and what we can do to serve

How we did it: Just like last week, we joined with Old School's day camp to add an element of service to the camp. This week the camp theme was "Around the World", so our service project focused on Guatemala.

Katie Walther from Humanitize Expeditions came and taught the children about a small, poverty-stricken Mayan Village in Guatemala. She showed pictures of the humble school, of the meager library, and of the smiling kids occupying those spaces. Day campers were surprised to see so few books in the library and they were eager to help out. Katie explained that the kids had few school supplies, but that rhythm sticks would be very appreciated so the kids could learn and play with music.

Each camper was given a 12 inch dowel and taught how to sand the ends.

You can see their smiles as their sticks flew across the sand paper. They loved the sound the sanding made. 

You can see their smiles as their sticks flew across the sand paper. They loved the sound the sanding made. 

After it was smooth they painted it with bright colors.

Each child was excited to do their second dowel to complete their set. 

I love the bright colors used on these sticks!

I love the bright colors used on these sticks!

The youngest camper was 5 and the oldest camper was 11. They seemed to enjoy making it, regardless of their age. This would be a great project to do as a family with kids of various ages.