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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2007 07:38:55 PM »

Oh! I have one more idea: Picture frames! =D Well, bye now! Good luck with camp!

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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2007 07:54:41 PM »

Origami is a wonderful idea! I loved origami when I was little, and I'm really into origami now. Also, it has been studied in kids about that age, and it's been shown effective in developing kids' brains. All you'd have to buy is a pack of multicolored paper. Assuming you have a paper cutter, it would take no time to cut it to the right size. (Or if you can find one of those "dollar" books to make dollar origami, kids like that too, I know I did.)

There are many instructions available online, plus libraries probably have books. Maybe you should have a couple different things that kids can choose to do? Also, some will be better at it than others, so the faster ones can help the slower ones, and with extra instructions, they can make more items. Boxes are useful, and then, some flowers and some easier animals? Just no ninja stars! Or good luck stars, those are somewhat difficult to get right away. I liked making hats out of newspaper, too, so make sure to have that! The older kids will probably be too cool to wear newspaper hats, but if the younger ones never made anything like that, they'll have fun looking silly   Cheesy
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2007 08:52:01 PM »

I went to an arts and crafts camp with my brother one year. I was ten and he was 12. Some of the more fun/time consuming activities were making paper mache hats, tie dye and origami. I also liked rock painting (go outside, find a fist size rock, and use the shape of the rock to inspire what you paint on it. mine was  a ladybug and my brothers was a cheetah head.)
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2007 09:00:44 PM »

I run an afterschool program for elementary age kids, and they always love making slime!

The recipe:
Solution A:
mix together-
2T glue
2T water
few drops of food coloring

and in a separate cup

Solution B:
mix together until Borax is dissolved-
1/4t Borax powder(or 1/2t Boraxo powdered soap)(found @ Walmart)
2T water

Pour glue/water mix into Borax mix and stir until it globs up.  Pull it out and play!  The more you play with it the less slippery it is.  ***This will stick to anything but plastic- put plastic down and keep off clothes!***  Store in a plastic snack size zipper bag and it will last a few weeks.

You can also make icecream in ziploc bags.  I lost my recipe, but I got it at FamilyFun.com.


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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2007 09:45:36 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2007 05:22:09 AM »

I used to teach the 8th grade and I taught all my students to make hemp bracelets near the end of the year.  Even the boys liked it and grade 8 boys are hard to please.  Just make sure you have plain beads (e.g. wood) so they can make manly bracelets.
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2007 07:35:41 AM »

I know a lot of teen librarians who have had success with gocks (goth sock puppets, which just entertains the hell out of me).  You could do all sorts of sock puppet-y things.
I would also just have paper and colored pencils for anyone who just wants to draw.  Boys who are turned off by "craft" can sometimes be convinced by "art".  Silly, but true!

« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2007 09:57:22 AM »

Paper Mache masks are great. You use the stuff that casts are made of, which isn't very expensive. And boys love getting their faces all goey.

Tie-dye is also a good option for boys, which I find love anything that is "messy." We used white fabric sheets at goodwill to tie dye if you need cheap, and made bandanas, bags and all sorts of things. Another great option is "fake batik" but you might not want the hot wax around the other kids. Sunprints and silkscreening are also good things.

You might also want to try freezer paper stencils. That way the boys can get really creative with it, yet you can have some really simple designs for the younger kids to trace.

« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2007 12:19:07 PM »

No one has mentioned catapults: http://familyfun.go.com/parenting/learn/activities/feature/famf199611_learnproj1/famf199611_attendants.html

My son made something similar to this at Cub Scout Camp.  The kids launched ping pong balls at each other or targets for a while after making them.  Girls like catapults too.

You can also do a group building activity.  This one used newspaper to construct a dome: http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_4.html

We did this with our scouts and challenged them to make the tallest structure they could.  You could also challenge them to make a giant dome, or they have to make something structurally sound...

Have fun!  It is a challenge to design activities for such a big age spread!

« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2007 04:41:56 PM »

Well, I was stuck in the "art room" at my camp for the first week, and the big thing with them was the glitter- which I don't recommend as per the cleanup, but teen boys and glitter don't quite mix.

We also had a giant bag of assorted sized pom-poms and pretty much all of them (We're 5 - 13 years) liked making animals out of them with pipe cleaners for arms and such. Maybe you could make that into something geared toward older kids.

But teen boys are so finicky. My brother is 14 and I'm trying to think of a craft he'd actually do and I'm stumped.

Maybe clay? Or lanyard (the "box" and the cobra stitches are quite popular)? T-shirt decoration?
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