Nice work! I love both of them. For the second one, what about skulls in the Day of the Dead style? Or a stick figure girl in pink, like the ones on public restrooms? Ooh, or how about a little frog or Kermit from the Muppets? Or just polka dots in the contrasting color?
Thanks so much, CraftyDiversions! Those are all really great tips - and its great that many are tried and true hits. I think that I mentioned before that food in general is probably a no go, but if we can get a thumbs up from the camp director, cookies by cabin could be fun. I like the idea of making cards - they could write them to their families, and we could mail them off while they're at camp. We could also put pictures of all the campers in the frames if we decorated them- that way they'd be able to have a bit of camp when they got home. I also really like leaf and flower pressing- that could be really fun, making homemade presses and then making designs with the pressed flora. Paper making is another great idea- the pulp will be fun for the campers to play with, but hopefully not extrodinarily messy.
Well, covering them in clear contact paper will make them a little less floppy, but not significantly so. I also cover some of my books with heavy duty brown paper, which made the covers somewhat more sturdy- but that covers any writing on the covers. I'm stumped. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know.
I don't know about making them hard, but I cover all of my paperbacks that are going to get a lot of use (school books, usually) with clear contact paper (sometimes called clear laminate), to protect the covers, and keep them in better condition. I hope that helps!
Thanks for the website, bronzfrog, I'll have to take a look!
Thanks a lot, poe poe! I really like the sun-sensitive paper idea- that could be really fun. If I remember correctly from when I was younger, there are also ways to do it with t-shirts, which could also be fun. I don't know if we'd be able to do the crayons at camp, but it would be a good alternative to make crayons that the less mobile campers find easier to grip. Sand art is also another great idea, since we could alternate colored sand with the sand from the beach that we go to every afternoon, so that they could have a piece of camp all year round. Expanding on the lifesavers necklace idea, we could string cheerios or other cereal with a hole in it. We've done some paper mache, and it's been successful with some of the campers, but not all.
Thanks for the ideas, slb2724 and Lava means love!
Tye dye could be fun, especially if we did it with squirt bottles so that the campers in wheelchairs could still do the actuall dying. I also really like the quilt square idea - we could do them by cabin and make wall hangings for each one, and the campers could draw on them with fabric marker or tie-dye them.
We already kind of do the salt dough stuff with the clay, but handprint plaques might be cute for them to take home. Thanks again for all your ideas, keep 'em coming!
I also love the last one, but as my name is also Kate (and I am a huge mac fan) perhaps I'm slightly biased?
Make that 3 Kates with Macs! We've had Macs ever since the first desktop model, and my dad is one of the customer developers who tests their software packages, so I might steal this idea for a shirt for him, if you don't mind!
i don't really know how to read patterns, but this is the one i used (newlook 6557). it is less than five dollar at wally*mart. thanks again to everyone for their positive feedback. whenever i am having a bad day i can look through your comments and it makes me feel better. xo. edit: I removed the picture of the pattern, look on page 8.
Thanks so much for your replies, Buglady and divadiver! All of those are great ideas.
I especially like the finger painting (why didn't I think of that?), because for those who really have no arm movement, we can use their feet and toes to do the painting (and it will be easier to clean up, too, which is really important when you have a limited number of volunteer counselors and a bunch of campers!).
I also really like the beading idea, because, like you said, depending on the size of the beads and the string, it can be easily altered to fit a wide range of abilities, and the planning can be a big part. I also loved the ideas to decorate the wheelchairs. Even moblie campers can use canvas bags to take their stuff to the beach and other outings.
Unfortunately, it is hard to do cooking things with the whole camp for health reasons- a lot of the campers have a problem with excess saliva and mucus and are not very aware how disease and such can spread (like to cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze, etc). As a general rule, campers are not allowed to enter the kitchen or touch any of the serving containers. But perhaps individual decorating projects; ie decorating a cookie or something would work, since there would be very little chance of one camper getting a hold of another camper's possibly contaminated cookie.
I haven't made anything of the sort, but we have some outdoor flags for different holidays, and they seem to be just ripstop nylon with the design or words appliqued on with a zig-zag stitch. I'm sure that there is a fabric store online where you can get nylon. Sorry I couldn't be of more help