I've made a whole army of these every year now for three years, to sell at a local art show near my family's cottage. I redesign them every year, and this year I was happy enough with them to take pictures before they were shipped off to be sold I kinda hope one or two won't sell so I can get them back, which is kinda bad from a sales point of view.
Anywho, pictures of the critters that will be funding my university textbooks:
I made several of each (about 3-5) except the bear family one, which was one-of-a-kind and such.
So cute! Nice pic to use for earrings, too, the pikachu's mostly in one blob so it won't be too fragile. The ears are a little worrying, but I think I'd be willing to risk it for such adorable earrings!
Might be able to make a nice darts-esque game with a cardboard target, and cardboard Shuriken, either the long straight ones made of metal/wood, or the star ones with sticky-side-out duct tape on the sides so they'll stick. And some pirate throwing thing for the pirates. Who just aren't as cool as ninjas. Except maybe the ones in PotC, who were exceptionally clean.
Value Village rocks! I went there hunting for t-shirts to reconstruct just the other day, and found a really nice fitted black one with "silence" on the front in blood-splotched red letters. Haven't quite decided what to do with it yet, might just wear it as is.
Even better are their by the pound stores. Whenever they have too much stuff, or stuff that hasn't sold for awhile, they box it up, sort it very loosely (clothes, toys, other, essentially,) and set it out in these giant bins that look a little like shallow dumpsters. You can fill bags of stuff, and it's about two bucks (Canadian) a pound. I went out to the one in suburbia around here just a few days ago for the very first time, and it was SO COOL! I came back with about four t-shirts to mod (including this neon Power Rangers t-shirt and an oversized tee with dinosaur skeletons on it) a small box and two illustrated Whinnie-the-Pooh books I'm gonna combine in collage as a gift for my grandmother, a pikachu beanbag plushie (not to modify or craft with, I just have a sort of informal pikachu collection) and a perfectly fuctional skateboard (always wanted to learn to skateboard...) My mum and sisters also got some stuff too, and the grand total was under $20. I was like a kid in a... thrift store.
As to pogs, those sound like a lot of fun. You could use some sort of clear plastic fabric to make a case for them (or just buy one of the binder cases for pogs, if you can find them) and then turn that into a pannel of a bag or notebook or even a skirt!
Maybe you could stencil/paint some sort of folders to hold music in, if you use sheet music? You could get big packs of the cardstock folders with pockets, and then decorate them with your logo and maybe everyone's instruments or something.
Or, if you don't use sheet music, the same sort of thing with little notebooks, or even pencils/highlighters (if you can stencil on a pencil) to make notes on whatever music you use. I know I hated digging around for a writing impliment when I was in music class, and wanted to add a note to what I was supposed to be playing
As far as women role-models go for kids, I've always been sort of fond of female superheroes. 'specially the Powerpuff girls these days, they strike me as being cute and girly and simotaniously pretty smart and very capable of fending for themselves. With Bratz Brand-Name Fashion Tweens in 3D showing daily and commercials for Barbie every ten minutes, it might be cool to get them involved with the less midrift-y female rolemodels avaliable on TV. Could work great with some big bead crafts (lots of colour) or drawing games where they could draw their own superhero or somesuch. I loved making up superheroes when I was that age.
Craft-wise, you could try handkerchief dolls. They're really easy- I made one in Girl Guides when I was about that age- and should be cheap to make too.
By the way, it sounds like an absolutely awesome idea for a class. Young girls these days seem to want to grow up into Barbie and Britney Spears all too fast these days, it's great to hear about someone teaching them differently.
Okay, so a month ago my sister went out and bought a pair of Crocs, which are apparently now "all the rage" at her school. I tried them on, and they're the most comfortable summery shoe I've ever worn. Unfortunately, they look like large solid-colour plastic clogs. Which, y'know, they are.
Has anyone tried painting or crafting with these? I'm probably going to end up getting myself a pair, but I'd rather not keep them so plain. Any advice on paint that will stick to plastic and not wear off would be much appreciated.