Published on August 23rd, 2018
The following activity is from Bold Believers in Chiapas, available in the Downloads section.
“Boleros are like a cup and ball,” said an American who grew up in Chiapas. “But instead of trying to get a ball in a cup, you try to get a stick in the opening of a wooden ball.”
Use the following instructions to make your own toy like a bolero.
1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of a 32-ounce yogurt container. You can use the end of an unfolded paper clip to start the hole. Gently enlarge it slightly with the tip of a pen or pencil.
2. Poke a 24-inch piece of string or shoestring through the hole and knot it on the inside to keep it from coming out of the hole.
3. Tie the other end of the string around a pencil about an inch from the tip of the eraser. Secure the string with tape.
4. Hold the pencil on the end opposite the eraser. Try to swing the container up and catch it on the pencil. It may take several tries!
Note: Before poking a hole in the container, you may want to cover and decorate it with paint, colored vinyl tape, foil gift wrap, fabric, or other colorful material.