I was recently reminded of a learning story written a few years ago now about Molly after talking to her mum Raechel. Molly is now 7 and at school. Raechel was telling me that Molly still talks about her time at St Peters Childcare and especially about our trip to the material shop.
It all started with Molly’s love of the butterfly wings within the dress-ups. The butterfly wings were the favourites of many children and we never seemed to have enough. So we decided to make some more, with our own design. Molly and I walked down to the material shop to buy some material, cotton and elastic so we could start designing and making butterfly wings.
When we were in the material shop there was a young lady, Kimberly, 30ish, inquiring about the best way to make a Red Riding Hood custom without having to sew anything up. You see she was going to a fancy dress party as Red Riding Hood and needed a red cape but could not sew. Standing waiting to be served it was very hard not to over hear the conversation about the need for a cape.
After a quick discussion with Molly we thought we maybe we were able to help. “Excuse me”, I said, “we could make a cape for you, if you trust us with your material.” I explained where we were from and told her that we would love to make the cape so she could go to the party. It was agreed. Kimberly gave us her material and cotton we gave Kimberly our phone number and address and told her she could collect the cape the next day.
Upon our return to daycare we got out the sewing machine and Molly and I made a plan for the cape. Together we sewed the cape up before we started on the butterfly wings. Molly was so pleased to have completed both the cape and the wings. With the wings sewn it was time to decorate with their own unique patterns. The butterfly wings were cherished by Molly who often took them home.
Before Kimberly came to pick up her cape the following day we had discussed about what other things we have at daycare that Kimberly could use to be Red Riding Hood. It was decided that we could lend her a basket because Red Riding Hood definitely needed a basket when out and about.
So the Red Riding Hood cape was loving placed into a basket and left for Kimberly to collect the next day. Kimberley loved her cape and basket. She was so pleased that we had helped her in her time of need. Kind of like the mice helping Cinderella go to the ball, “You shall go to the ball Cinderella” only wrong fairy story.
Now Molly several years later still talks about the butterfly wings she made and how we went to the shop, met a stranger, did a random act of kindness and made a friend.