How do you get kids who don’t speak a common language to become friends?

How do you draw out shy children who are nervous about not being understood?

How do you teach acceptance and kindness when there is such a broad cultural gap?

A little unsure of each other at first

A little unsure of each other at first

If there is one language all children understand it is this: sugar and beating each other with balloons.

A little birthday cake to get the sugar flowing in their veins.

JoJo's mom hosted a birthday party which can be a fancy affair here.

JoJo’s mom hosted a birthday party which can be a fancy affair here.

Some balloons and markers for decorating brings out the smiles in the shyest of girls.

building a friendship

building a friendship

1-IMG_6594And before you know it you’ve got ten plus kids, Afghans and Americans, in an all out balloon war in the hallway, laughing and shrieking and calling out each others’ names.

And, like every play group I’ve been to in the States, the moms were pleased to let the kids whack each other around in order to have a cup of tea in peace.

1-IMG_6582A great way to meet the neighbors, don’t you think?

 

 

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