De Colores 2022


DeColores Videos 2022

De Colores 2022

We celebrated a great summer with over 100 students registered for our De Colores program! Watch the video to see some of the fun that our youth experienced for a whole week!

De Colores 2021

We celebrated a great DeColores program with over 80 children registered and 35 volunteers helping! 

The children learned all about farms, animals, crops, and so much more! Art, Music, Storytelling, and Global Outreach made up the classes that each child was participating in. 

See below for some great videos and photo slideshows of our 2021 Summer program!

DeColores Videos and Photos 2021

De Colores 2020

For the first time, De Colores conducted its first Summer Camp virtually. Under the direction of Martha Mendoza and the Production/Technical direction of Jim Molina, we worked with over 50 children each day from Aug. 3 – Aug. 7 Children learned Spanish through song, dance, storytelling, art, and games! Our instructors included Michelle Maiers (music), Lynette Rosen and Amarelis Morales (art), Martha Mendoza and Dorothy Hamby (story telling), and Martha Mendoza as Zoom Host and narrator for Global Awareness. Students uploaded pictures of their art work and videos of their dancing and singing. De Colores is a part of the First Congregational UCC, Elmhurst Children’s program.

DeColores DAY 1, 2020


Congratulations to all our participants in the De Colores Spanish Summer Virtual Camp. We kicked off our first day with making a Shaker Art Project, singing and dancing to LaBamba, listening to the story of Ferdinand the Bull, and learning all about Jellyfishes (Medusas). Learning Spanish words has never been so much fun!
Keep coming for the rest of the week for your chance to win a Ferdinand the Bull Beanie (given to students who participate every day)! And remember prizes will be given to the top art projects and LaBamba videos!! GOOD LUCK everyone!


On our second day of camp, our young artists were taught how to create a flower out of tissue and some unique coloring elements such as strawberries, blueberries, and other fruit.


On our third day of camp, our excited campers created their very own version of Ferdinand the Bull. See how creative these young artists are! Such a great variety of style and craft!


Our 4th day brought out the crayons and drawing paper as our young artists worked on a fun project we call “Scruffle Drawings”


On Day 5 our talented young artists created their very own flowers. If you recall, Ferdinand loved to smell flowers all day long and now our DeColores campers get to remember the story with some personalized art work that was created this week!

LaBamba Videos

Singing and Dancing

It’s hard to imagine listening to the song LaBamba and not singing and dancing! We watched all the kids participate on ZOOM for this fun-filled summer week, and it was incredible fun to see all the excitement on their faces as they sang and danced with instructor, Michelle Maiers.

2020 Videos


Shaker Art



Tissue Flower



Ferdinand Bull



Scruffle Drawing


Shaker Art

Fun moments of our 2019 De Colores Program

Click on a picture to see full sized smiles!

De Colores 2019
Over 50 children and 25 volunteers signed up for the summer of 2019
The Marimba
Children learn to play the marimba in music class.
Lunch Time
Lunch time is a great time for new friendships

De Colores Celebration

De Colores Sunday at First Congregational culminated with fun performances of our youth that were involved in the program. Enjoy this fun video of some fun and memorable moments this past week at First Congregational UCC, Elmhurst. Program led by Martha Mendoza.


Children from more than six surrounding suburbs come together for a week of fun and interactive activities.
This program introduces youngsters to speaking Spanish while also learning about Latin America and the Caribbean. The program is entering its fifth year and has been steadily growing. First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elmhurst is proud to be living out its mission to equip children to be Global Citizens.


Using stories that stem from Latin America and the Caribbean, children learn of the rich heritage of others. Stories are shared using dual language (English and Spanish) and come to life by sharing customs, food and art.

Global Outreach

One of the major goals of global outreach is to teach children the importance of being good global neighbors. Through age appropriate educational presentations and art projects, children learn from other communities in Latin America and the Caribbean on how their actions right here in the Chicagoland area can make a difference in our world.


Our music component is one of the most popular among the children that participate in our De Colores program. Spanish is learned through songs and rhythm. Percussion instruments such as congas, maracas and many others are infused into the learning. This engages children into an authentic cultural experience.


Each summer craft projects, that incorporate recycled materials are carried out by the children participating in De Colores. These daily projects are linked to our global outreach theme to help children make global connections.


Learning to speak Spanish in a fun, non-stressful environment allows children to grow a love for language. Using real life situations to teach Spanish is one of De Colores’ most successful attributes. Year after year parents register their youngster for this amazing global experience.

Sunday Celebration

After an exciting week-long adventure children participating in De Colores carry out a special presentation for their families and friends during First Congregational’s 10:00 am De Colores Sunday Service Celebration. In age appropriate age groups children share what they have learned through singing and presentations, culminating with a delicious ice cream social.

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