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« on: June 17, 2004 09:33:41 PM »

I need a quick and easy craft, appealing to young children (2-10) using paint stir sticks.  Home Depot donated several thousand to a local arts council last summer and we still have cases of them left.  We'd like to use them for a make-and-take project for the young'uns this year.  Any ideas?  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2004 10:08:03 PM »

These are probably ideas you have already had, but what about painted bookmarks (wouldn't work for small paperbacks, but could work for big picture books.)  Or painting and gluing to make picture frames.  Or...garden markers?? Or miniature totem poles??  They might also be great as handles for puppets.

LOL - talk about a random list of ideas - can you tell it's late, and my brain is trying to shut down?
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2004 09:05:48 AM »

How about a trivet (made like a little raft), or a planter made log-cabin style?  Or fans?  Just fan 'em out and glue the places where they overlap together.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2004 09:49:10 AM »

Thanks for your ideas.  Your help is greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2004 11:47:29 AM »

you could make stick stickley-type dolls like these
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7313.0
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2004 02:21:20 PM »

What can you NOT do with paint sticks?  Hmmm.  I have a lot of ideas but because of the age group I would suggest cutting them into various lengths, having the kids paint them and make mobiles.  You could drill holes in each peice and let them tie string connecting them to a coat hanger or something.  For the smaller kids I suggest drum sticks.  All parents love noisy toys.   Grin  Seriously though a 2 or 3 year old would love it.  Make drums from oatmeal canisters.  Other ideas: picture frame (glue 4 into a square), glue a bunch together to make a "canvas" and let the kids put their handprints on it or paint a picture.  Maybe I will come up with some more later. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2004 04:48:05 PM »

How old are the kids you work with? If you have teens you can turn them into a lamp shade..I think i saw it in readymade (I'll take a look). I worked at the girl scouts for a while and we were always in the lovely position of a ton of donations! (I have 101 things to do with empty film canisters!)
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2004 09:01:12 PM »

The craft needs to be pretty simple (and fast) and appealing to kids from pre-school through elementary.  Another forum suggested a game.  I liked that idea.  Tape the stick to a small paper cup and use with a ping pong ball (I was thinking more along the lines of a button on a string, also taped to the cup).  Then try to catch the small item, whatever it is, in the cup.

Girlinsoop, maybe you should start a thread on film canisters.  I have a few and use them to sort my beads, carry my vitamins, etc.  Scary thing is, I buy the brand that comes in the clear canister so they are easier for me to re-use.  I'd love to see some other ideas too.  Please, don't say lampshade! ! !
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2004 06:52:03 PM »

let's see....top of my head...

plant markers.....attach rectangle of paper to decorate with "sunflowers" or "basil" or some such

fans!  great for summertime!  fold paper back in forth lengthwise until all folded up (could decorate the paper first) then staple the bottom to the paint stick and fan the paper out!

big butterflys!  make wings out of paper..decorate...glue them on the paint sticks like it's the worm body
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