Most recently, I wrote about the organization of our excursion to the factory of Christmas decorations. Despite the fact that the children had taken a full bus, there were a couple of empty seats left for parents. It did not work this time for my daughter to go on a tour without a mother, which I in no way regret, because the trip was very pleased!
The trip took about an hour in one direction, the organizers rented a large and comfortable bus. Despite the small distance, caring parents gave the children so much food that the crunch and aroma could not be felt only lazy. In addition to food, you could have fun watching a cartoon.
There were no accidents on the road, no one was ukachalo, and on the way back tired of the trip and the impressions of the children slept.
It was interesting for both children and adults. First we were briefly told about the history of the factory of Christmas decorations, then we were taken to a glass-blowing shop. It turns out that our production is not automated at all; all the craftsman’s toys are blown by hand. Children were struck by gas burners and the process of turning a glass tube into a ball.
Then we moved to another workshop, where the transparent toys became silver. There is no secret, the usual chemical reaction of an ammonia solution to a high temperature. Again, everything is done manually, and this is a rather harmful job – breathing in ammonia vapors all day long.
After the blanks for toys have dried, an image is applied on them. The impression was created that we got into the artist’s studio — the craftswomen neatly put pictures on each ball. And they did it so easily and beautifully that it was possible to watch the process forever. But the magic did not end there, and further surprises began.
First we were shown a museum of Christmas tree decorations with exhibits from around the world. Here were the creations of the oldest factory in the world, which is located in Poland, and huge New Year’s compositions with moving elements.
Then the guide opened the closet door and invited us to the magic room of Santa Claus. The children unanimously said How in Narnia and climbed into the closet. So we found ourselves in a secret room with a Christmas tree, light effects and New Year’s music. Immediately wanted snow and tangerines. The guide told us a secret: if you sit on a stump and make a wish, it is guaranteed to come true. Of course, we all sat;)
After the excursion, we were organized a master class to create their own unique toys. True, the uniqueness turned out so-so, because we had to paint the same blanks with stencils. It was then that I realized that I wouldn’t be an artist, it was too small parts and jewelry work! In any case, the products turned out for everyone and we were pleased we took personalized toys with us.
Those interested could visit the Christmas tree shop and buy new clothes for the Christmas tree. Prices are about the same as in stores, all toys are made by hand, if you wish, you can put a memorable inscription.
On occasion, we will gladly go to the factory again. Impressions are the brightest and positive. My daughter and I really enjoyed watching the production process, the jewelry work of the craftsmen, and the fact of observing the birth of new toys is something fabulous and magical.
On the one hand, it is a pity that many prefer the mass market from China to unique and authorial toys, because it is necessary to support domestic producers. On the other hand, it’s a pity to be female workers (I haven’t seen a single man) who are doing manually what else has been automated in other countries long ago. In any case, we liked to touch the tale and get rich with new impressions!