Many people of Hispanic background make icons to represent
special wishes they want fulfilled. The fulfilled wish is considered a
milagro, which means miracle. Traditionally, these icons have been handcrafted
from bone, tin, wood, silver, and gold.
LET'S MAKE A MILAGRO
Milagros Are Words for the Future is a countrywide project
for Latino children. Children ore encouraged to handcraft their own
icons, called milagros, to express personal wishes and goals for the
future. Help your children to make a milagro.
Materials: tagboard or construction paper, scissors, glue,
markers, crayons or paint, glitter, buttons, fabric scraps, and ribbon;
photographs of the children are optional.
Discuss with the children the significance of a milagro. Ask them to think
about how they would like their milagro to look. Encourage each child
to design their own.
Children can shape the milagro by cutting the tagboard or construction
paper any way they would like.
Suggest to the children that they glue a personal photograph or draw
a picture of themselves on the front of the milagro. They may wish to
add glitter, confetti, buttons, or ribbon to the front.
Encourage students to write a wish for the future on the back. (Very
young children may need help with their writing.) Make sure they include
their first name, city, state, and age.
Help children make a hole on the top of the milagro and tie a string
Display the milagros in your school, library, city hall, or mall.
You might organize a reading for the community to hear the children's
dreams for the future.