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soyeahthisisme
« on: July 09, 2006 01:10:07 PM »

When school starts again I'm going to be involved in afterschool activities for kids aged 8-14. They have  problematic homing-situations and are difficult to handle. If something is easy they find it dull and if it's to hard they'll nag about that.

I've tried to search for sites in my native language(dutch) but they only have the average cut and paste work. What I'm looking for would be more mindblowing stuff the children would like to show off to one an other. Especially tips for the 'to cool for school, hear me curse' boys would be really apreciated.

Thanks in advance for every advice or little tip you can give!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006 01:26:38 PM »

Plastic canvs and scrapbooking are good places to start. Both have projects that range from simple to advanced. Once some of the kids get a handle on the easier stuff and start to complain you can teach them more advanced stuff. Clay molding and jewelry making are good crafts as well.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2006 01:47:01 PM »

Oh, collages might be quite good.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2006 02:04:19 PM »

Boys like a lot of polymer clay stuff... whether it's making figures, vessels, scenes, toys, etc., or even jewelry (lots of the boys in my class made things "for their moms"  Grin).  
I don't know if you could get some clay donated, but you could always use other kinds of clay like salt dough or bread clay or even something like Celluclay to get away cheaper, and many of the ideas would still translate.

I think you should check out these two sites to see some of the great polymer stuff that people have done with "difficult kids" as well as kids with developmental or emotional issues, ADHD, etc.:

http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/rodwicks.html
(and http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/rodwicks_gallery.html )

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/playclay.htm
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/learning.htm (polymer clay, drawing, painting, etc.)
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/yijun%27s%20site/more.htm
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/about_kervyn.htm
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/special_kid.htm


You might also want to check out some of the subcategories on these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/disabilities.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm


Good luck!


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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2006 02:59:58 PM »

Any kind of clay is a good idea for girls and boys... my art class had quite a mixture of people in it.. some were "too cool for school" kids, and they all seemed the most into the clay units... bowls, little models, jewelry, pretty much anything
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2006 06:52:23 AM »

Papier-mach is a great cheap craft, and you can make all sorts of things - perhaps get them to draw monsters and then build them.  DON'T do it the pre-school way with loads of wet pulp and mess, teach them to build a framework of card and then cover it with pasted strips - much quicker and more interesting.  Once they are dry you can have more fun painting or collaging them - and you can collage fabric on to them too.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2006 08:27:06 AM »

Stenciling is always fun, maybe you could have them stencil on some shirts or make little patches for their school bags.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2006 08:31:59 AM »

I helped run a camp for kids with learning issues and we stumbled upon a parachute idea.  One of the camp supply sites had a big white one that the kids could decorate with fabric markers (there are sections so there are boundaries between the art which is handy).  Then, after they decorated it, we played parachute games with it.  It was great fun.

I'm a big fan of making stuff that they can use afterward... that way you have an answer to "why are we doing this?"
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2006 08:39:00 AM »

what about duct tape cuffs? or similar? boys and girls can both do it and enjoy it.

And, you can get duct tape in a few different colours.

You could even try duct tape wallets, roses, there are all sorts of things to make out of duct tape. Try searching for it. maybe?
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2006 11:59:26 AM »

Something involving a competition could be good.  Like an egg drop contest or a build a vehicle contest.  For the egg drop you get the kids to make something that will keep the egg from cracking when you drop it off the roof.  I've done this twice - once when I was 11 and once in a college sculpture class.  I've seen solutions to this ranging from just wrapping it in tissue and packing materials to equipping the egg with a parachute and launching it with a slingshot.  It's fun because the kids get to be outside and active. 

If you did a "build a vehicle contest" you could have them split into teams and contruct something that will transport one of the team members and have them race or see how far they can get before the vehicle falls apart.  This would be good because it involves team work and again it's a fun, active crafty activity.

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