A Harry Potter Kermes
For this month’s Kermes, the volunteers of NPH Guatemala presented our children with a magical afternoon in the wizarding world.
May 18, 2010 - Guatemala
On Sunday, May 9, the children of NPHG spent their afternoon in Harry Potter’s world. With games and magic and crafts straight out of the popular book series, the international volunteer team in Guatemala cast a spell of excitement on the entire NPH family.
Volunteers held Kermes activities both inside our comedor (dining room) and outside on the basketball court between our school buildings. Outside activities included an obstacle course and a game of Quidditch.
A game of musical chairs in action.
In the obstacle course, our kids jumped through hula hoops, zip-zagged through cones, and raced to fill up a bucket of water – all on their “flying” broomsticks.
Quidditch (a popular game played by the Harry Potter characters) is a rugby-like game played on flying broomsticks hovering several feet above the ground. In the NPHG version, children played an entertaining version of “soccer on brooms".
In front of the comedor, volunteers hosted a game of “wizard bowling” where participants sent Frisbees soaring towards colorful water bottles in hopes of knocking them down, and inside, children competed in games of musical chairs.
At the craft station inside the comedor, kids created wizard hats from construction paper and glitter, as well as magic wands and Harry Potter-style glasses made out of pipecleaners. On the other side of the comedor, they could also have their faces painted with images of castles, cauldrons, broomsticks, magical creatures, or lightning bolts (to resemble the scar on Harry’s forehead).
At the end of the afternoon, all volunteers closed down their games in order to prepare for the Kermes’ big snack: magical popcorn! As each child came up to receive their snack, they could choose from three different “potions” to add to their popcorn. They chose chile powder for strength, pepita (a ground pumpkin seed spice popular in Guatemala) for intelligence, or cinnamon for love.
Following the snack was the final Kermes event: the raffle. Throughout the Kermes, the volunteers challenged children to complete every single activity, and if they did, they could enter their name into a raffle event. After collecting all eligible names, the volunteers raffled off nine exciting prizes: the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book, two Harry Potter movies, two paint sets, two sticker sets, and two white board sets.
Thanks to everyone who helped organize a Sunday afternoon in Harry Potter’s magical world, and the NPHG house looks forward to next month’s Kermes!