This summer, I'm volunteering to work at a community center's free summer program for children of low-income families. There are about 20 children from ages 5-12 that will be attending, and part of my responsibility is to come up with projects for them to do in arts and crafts. Many of the children are likely to be violent, depressed, etc, so one of the ideas I had was to have them make some kind of pillow on which they could draw things that make them angry or sad. That way, when they're upset, they can beat up the pillow as much as they want rather than take out their anger on other kids.
I'm not sure if a pillow would be the ideal item, though--maybe something more "weird" shaped or humanlike. I'm also working on a budget of around $200 for 5 weeks (art is 3 times per week) so I'm not sure what kind of materials would be ideal for the project that aren't too expensive. I'd love to hear your ideas!!
Also, if you have any craft ideas that are cheap and would be fun for these kids to do, let me know! Especially if you can work anti-violence themes into the project. Thanks so much!!!