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merman dan
« on: December 13, 2006 11:54:39 AM »

Hey guys,

For the third year I am going with a group to do volunteer work in Honduras.  I need a lot of craft ideas that have fairly inexpensive materials involved.  We have a decent budget but have to stretch it over many days, crafts, and kids. 

I dont have the specifics yet on the ages of the kids but based on last year here is what I expect.  One of the homes houses both girls and boys...but mainly girls ages ranging from toddler to teenagers.  That is the group we will be doing most of the crafts with.

The second home is for boys...with probably most being from say 8 to 15.  Most of these kids come from off the street.  Im trying to avoid anything that requires the boys to handle sharp objects including regular scissors.

Here are the ideas I collected so far from other posts.

Felt pin cushions or stuffed animals.
Make signs using dull needles on felt...maybe make into small pillows.
paint and decorate pens
single serving baking project
paper beads
   http://www.tappi.org/paperu/art_class/paperBeads.htm

In the past we have focused on crafts that dont really last...that are just fun to make so I am hoping to do a few crafts that will leave the kids with things they can keep.  However, any suggestions would be great. 

Also any suggestions for how I might be able to get some free craft supplies would be really helpful (maybe sources for recycled materials?)  That may be a long shot but thought Id ask...Im in the Northern Virginia/DC area.
 
Sorry, this post is so long.  Thanks for your help!

Ashley 
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capitanjen
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2006 11:49:55 PM »

i dont know what they are called, or if they even have a name, but you can fill some socks with beans and tie them with a rubberband. i made them once and glued googly eyes on them and decorated them, they were pretty cool. you can ask burger king for some crowns and spraypaint them one color, then bring them there and have the kids decorate them to wear.
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merman dan
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006 11:38:16 AM »

Thanks Capitanjen,

The Burger King crowns sounds like a great idea.  The socks sound like fun also, I just need to find some cheap non-food item to fill them with.  (goes and puts on thinking cap...)

Thanks again for the great ideas!
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capitanjen
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2006 08:54:19 PM »

oh more ideas!
-buy a bunch of craft supples (glitter, feathers, glue, rhinestones, makers, paint, ect) and let them decorate face masks.
-paper mache stuff
-laminate some coloring pages, and let the kids color with crayons. wipe when theyre done.
-magazine bowls (search here for a tute)
-buy some shirts, make some stencils, get some fabric paint, and let them do their thinggg
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crumpet13
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007 11:40:35 PM »

Collages
Simple notepads/books (with lots of paper) to write poems, use as journal, etc
More wearable art
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