Thursday, March 24, 2011

Help Your Children Send Cranes of Hope and Goodwill to Children in Japan

When I was in Japan as a high-schooler, I learned the Japanese tradition of folding paper cranes. I thought that origami was just something fun to do, and I didn’t realize at the time that the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand cranes represents a form of healing and hope during challenging times.

Jim Robinson and Kurt Dommermuth of (a popular games site for babies and toddlers) recently launched This brand-new website gives children a way to share their messages of peace, hope, and goodwill to children in Japan who are suffering from the devastating effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Encourage your children to go to, pick a color for the paper crane that will represent their message, and enter their name, age, city, state, and country along with their message of hope.

While doing this, you’re also creating a great opportunity to help your children express how they feel about the tragedy. They may be fearful that a similar event will befall them or feel sad about the families who are in dire straits. I hope you’ll talk to your kids (see World Vision’s tips for talking to kids about tragedies and disasters) and visit with them.


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