Ruth writes: The idea was brilliant. Maybe the City of Toronto or CBC could encourage such a fair too. Last Sunday 110 children ages 5 to 12 tried their hands at being entrepreneurs at the Muslim Kids Bazaar. It was in a Mississauga mosque, the ISNA Canada Masjid.
Two of them thought customers would be interested in paying $2 to decorate a cookie. Of course parents were on hand to help and prompt, but many of the children were indeed in charge. They chose what to make for sale, they said.
They displayed both home-made and factory-manufactured goods,
and of course, lemonade, but there was a lot more than lemonade. This child made decorated headbands.
There were cupcakes.
One child was selling flower pots that you could decorate yourself.
A great idea was teacher-appreciation cards and gift-wrapped packages of pens and pencils.
One young man demonstrated a science project.
Two of them talked about a soft-ware program.
I could not resist a firm hand massage for $2.50 that left me smelling of coconut.
I don’t know if all of these children felt happy with results at the end of the day. I do think this one with his chocolate goodies could be. He was dressed for the occasion in a bow tie. I could only stay an hour but had to leave too early to find out.
Look for this event next year. It was worthwhile and fun.