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« on: January 17, 2006 01:37:08 PM »

Hi there... I work weekly with kids who are abused/neglected/abandoned and who live at a group home for children. We do various arts and crafts projects with the kids (ages 8-11), and we are thinking about trying to do a silk screening project with them next week since they have been bugging us to make t-shirts.

One of the volunteers offered to bring some of her own materials to class, but I was wondering if anyone on this forum has done silk screening with children before. If so, do you have any suggestions or stories that might help us avoid a disaster or just any insight or helpful references to share?
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2006 07:58:18 AM »

  I did some silkscreening with kids at a 4H camp last summer.  Since it can be really messy and easy to screw up, the main thing is to be really organized and plan everything out beforehand.  It's really important that the adults understand the process before you get started.

  Also, be sure to do some test runs before the kids work on theirs; you don't want to be troubleshooting while they're there.  We had the screens prepared and ready to go before the kids came, and they did the actual application onto the shirts.  That is definitely the easiest way to go.  If you aren't planning on making a bunch of the same tshirt, I would not use the silkscreening method.

  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006 09:23:15 AM »

I think silk screening with kids is a brilliant idea but I agree with the previous poster about method.  Silk screening is for making a lot of the same shirt.  If you want them to make their own individual designs, go with stenciling. 

however, you should have them create a design together (fostering trust and teamwork) like a name and logo for your program and then they could all get a shirt (fostering fraternity) that they helped make.

Heat transfer designs are another way to go if you want to make individual designs.
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