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« on: March 05, 2008 06:35:30 PM »

I teach 8th grade at a school for kids with learning disabilities, and I'm looking for a craft activity for the last day before spring break. The main requirements are:

-cheap supplies (I will be buying these out of pocket)
-not too "young;" these kids are very, very concerned about being super-tough all the time

I appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2008 09:39:49 AM »

What about duct tape?  You can make all kinds of stuff with that.  Depending on their abilities, they might need help with trimming. (I find it easier to use an Xacto knife and a straight edge, but scissors will work.)  Here is a website with instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Duct-Tape-Wallet  If you scroll all the way down to the bottom there are links for instructions for other things like iPod cases.

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2008 09:52:04 AM »

Some hemp string, and either wooden beads or bits of bike chain make great jewelry, and there are lots of differnet instructions available online. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008 05:01:35 AM »

If they each brought in a cool T-shirt, T-shirt makeovers are pretty hot right now. Our public library, at least, has plenty of how-to books you could check out to show them, and it always involves some real-life math concepts, measuring your body and dividing and stuff, which I'm a fan of. Some kids could remake a big shirt to fit their curves, some could cut the sleeves off to make muscle shirts, you can braid them for belts and headbands, make bags and wallets out of them, etc. I think it would be pretty cool because if the kids are each using their own old shirt, the results would be unique and still have the same old band image or whatever that they already like.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008 05:04:38 AM »

you can have them make their own velcro *rock star* cuffs with some fabric and fabric paint....

how do you mean tough? like im hard and ill kick yo ass, or I AM NOT A BABY!

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