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FunkyOlive
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« on: September 18, 2005 10:21:51 AM »

ok, yes, not truly gift ideas, but it seemed like that kind of thing.
I'm going to be working with kids in grades 4 and 5 in an afterschool daycare-type thing.
any ideas what cool alternative crafts would be fun, inexpensive, and not too complicated for them?
thanks!
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silvermam
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2005 02:23:03 PM »

I don't know what age that is so I don''t kno if any of these will do can;t find the other links at the moment but will have a look tomorrow

http://www.magicalchildhood.com/index2.htm
http://www.muddlepuddle.co.uk/Additional%20Mapping%20Pages/RESOURCES%20MAP.htm
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2005 03:24:05 PM »

Those look cool.
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rhythmthief
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2005 10:38:18 PM »

spooky halloween cards?
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2005 01:12:04 PM »

grades 4 and 5 would be like ages 9 through 11, i'd say. and i'm not sure if halloween cards would be okay, since its a school thing and some kids may not celebrate halloween, but fall/autumn cards could definately work!
thanks, any more ideas?
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2005 08:21:59 PM »

Have you considered shaving cream cards? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9922.0
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2005 02:38:27 PM »

With kids that age, if it's too easy, they get bored.  They might be interested in learning to knit or crochet.  Melanie Falick's book Kids Knitting, is a great guide and includes instructions for making their own needles out of dowels and fimo clay, another activity they will probably enjoy.  You can get loads of yarn at the thrift stores for them to practice on.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2005 02:44:34 PM »

Right now Target has knitting needles in their dollar bins! They need a little sanding, but that's okay. They also have yarn, though for just learning I'd suggest some cheap acrylic. For $2 a kid you could have them knitting!
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2005 07:48:48 PM »

one project i did with a class of 4th and 5th graders was making a felt rug from raw wool. they love it 'cause they get to take of their shoes and socks and stomp around in warm soapy water. i'm not sure how much wool costs - one of the girls in my group had a ton, but i bet you could get some donated. it's super easy - especially when you have a lot of help!
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