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Because Kids Everywhere Have the Right to Play

As things start to open up again in the U.S. and kids head back to the pool or do other fun summer activities, children in Mexico are also on summer vacation. While COVID-19 is still a reality here, Urban Mosaic is starting to see more opportunities open up for kids to meet, play, and learn.

 

After a challenging year of not being in school, kids having access to safe spaces to play and to be with other children is a key part of healing and building resilience. Please pray that the children Urban Mosaic serves will be able to return to in-person classes this fall.

 

Here are some photos from Urban Mosaic’s recent Kids and Youth Clubs: 

Children playing a game together at one of UM's Kids Clubs.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

-Fred Rogers (also known as Mister Rogers)

Pastor Israel talks to a mom about children's literacy.
Children play Red Rover on the street during a UM Kids Club.
UM Kids Clubs work hard to include all children, regardless of age, gender or physical ability.
Children finish up their homework during a UM Kids Club.

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.”
-David Sobel

The kindergartener soccer group gets ready for practice.
Youth doing soccer drills on the field in San Sebastián.
Youth participating in an obstacle course.
Children waiting to see who won a puzzle competition.

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves,
allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms…let them be better people,
let them believe more in themselves.”
-C. JoyBell C.

"Play is the work of the child." -Maria Montessori

The Kids and Youth Clubs mentioned above are all part of one of Urban Mosaic’s five strategic focus areas: The Holistic Development of Children and Youth.  By creating safe spaces for kids to be kids, transformational programs are implemented for children and youth in schools, churches and sports so that they can learn to overcome obstacles, become agents of change and lead healthy and productive lives.

-Mary

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Questions for Reflection:

 

1. No matter what age you are, how often do you play?

 

2. What outlets or hobbies did you have during the pandemic to help you have fun and express yourself? What activities do you think would be beneficial to you now?