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« on: January 12, 2010 06:41:18 AM »

Ok so I know there are several thread about this but most of them are old (from 05 and 07) so I thought I'd bring the topic back up again in hopes of getting from fresh ideas. I work at an environmental education center with 6th graders. The ages are usually between 11-12. I recently have come into being in charge of the arts and crafts room and I couldn't be more excited about it. The problem is that the I need cheap ideas that can be produced in mass quantities in less than an hour. I will usually have more than 60 kids a day(spread through out about 3 hours). Unlike all the other threads I have a list of all the supplies I currently have in my possession.

1 Pack printer paper
Oil Pastels
Chipboard circles(in green)
Glass marbles
Random Paper
Felt sheets
Tissue paper
Pipe cleaners(not many)
2 Rolls wax paper
Club soda??
Cookie cutters
Multicolored seashells(small)
Colored craft sand
Clip boards
Paint brushes/rollers
Scratchboard foam
Colored pencils
Lots of yarn
Baby food containers
Some rexlace not much
Macaroni Noodles
Foam shapes
Foam sheets
Plastic sheeting
Celephane bags(blue pink green orange)
Corn starch
Baking soda
Pom poms(very few)
Modge podge
Eye droppers
Letter stencils

We are also in the woods so there is an abundance or sticks, leaves and other nature at my disposal. I can buy some more supplies...they just need to be able to go a long way!

keeping in mind that i work with both boys and girls...does anyone have any ideas???
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010 04:12:59 PM »

What are your goals? Where are you located in general (to give me and idea of what kind of stick and natural resources you have)? What concepts are you tring to get across to the public? I have done project WET and project WILD they have great ideas for educational activities and crafts. If you would like I could dig my books up. I do educational outreach with our collection of vertebrates and for The Wildlife Society. If you will think up some ideas for you.

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 02:54:01 PM »

I'm located in Maryland close by a body of water. We actually have a sand beach and clay in a nearby park and pleanty of woods. I guess I would like to teach the kids mostly to think about what we throw away each day and all the things we could do with these items instead. I'm really big on upcycling. I would really appreciate any idea's you could give me.
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