I'm thinking of starting this swap in June or July. Initially, I was thinking parent and child, but I know there are a lot of craftsters in our community who aren't parents, but have kids in their lives who they'd love to craft with.
Here's the idea: Partner up with a kid you love, to create an item for each of your partners (another adult + kid team). The items must be made by the adult and kid team and one item must be made for each adult participant, and for each kid participant.
Some examples of projects: wooden plaques or other wood projects (kids can sand and maybe paint or stain, adults can do the more detailed work), stenciled items (t-shirts, aprons etc - adults can cut stencils, kids can paint), art work (kids start the process, adults add or fill in the blanks)... kids can wield glue, needle and thread, all kinds of things. Don't sell your kids short, give them a challenge and let them rise to the occasion!
I'd love to see kids learn some new things that can build some self esteem, and teams creating projects for others of the quality that they'd like to receive themselves. And it would be a great way to kill summer boredom.
THIS WILL REQUIRE some devoted time and care on behalf of the adult portion of the team. I would set aside a generous crafting time because working with kids sometimes means working more slowly, and allowing time for trial and error. I would request that if you aren't prepared to do what's necessary to teach your child partner something new and if you don't have the patience or time to follow through, pass on this one. Also, if you don't think you can send on time, give this one a pass. It's bad enough to disappoint an adult in a swap, but I don't want to have to call for angels for heartbroken kids.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Also, if you think of examples of great cooperative projects, please share! You may spark inspiration in others!