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« on: April 02, 2006 11:05:51 PM »


i work with a ngo that deals with slum/street children...
thru the year we teach them regular academical subjects...
but in the summer , we have a fun summer camp for them...
ive run out of ideas now for an arts and crafts session,,,
i need something that is fun, fairly easy for children to do...
the supplies shouldnt be too expensive either...

so if any of you geniuses have any ideas at all!
it would be a lot of help !
and make a lot of children very very happy !!  Smiley

thank you in advance....



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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2006 08:31:25 AM »

I'm a knitter, so I'd say teach them to knit. You can make knitting needles out of dowel rods (there's a tutorial on craftster somewhere, just search for knitting needle tutorial), and if yarn's not too expensive in India, then there you go. For a project, they could all knit squares to connect into a blanket.

Origami (paper-folding) you could do with scraps of any kind of paper.

You could also teach weaving with strips of paper, maybe with painted strips?

I hope that helps. I'll try to post again if I think of something else. Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006 10:29:39 AM »

what ages are the kids in your camps?  that might make a difference in what people would suggest.

macrame is always good.  you can make plant hangers and belts and jumpropes fairly easily.

jeez this is hard Sad  i was thinking sewing, but that can get involved (or dangerous for little little ones) with pins and needles and scissors.  maybe something with felt?  like pin cushions or stuffed animals?

not so much crafty, but put on a play?  the kids can write the script and do scenery?

hope that helps Smiley

« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2006 11:51:31 AM »

paint rocks with tempera paint for paperweights.You can also make beads by wrapping magazine pages around a dowel stick and glueing them, pulling the dowel out and cutting the tube into leangths.Pictures made by dipping their fingers into paint and making creatures with their fingerprints.( I am trying to come up with cheap things to do that also could be done with younger kids) If I can think of more I will post later.
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2006 03:53:24 PM »

hey, um u could try making signs with stitching (with dull needles) on felt, i did that once, and they could say whatever the kids want them to say on them, plus it took up a lot of time.  they could also paint and decorate pens (not too expensive, a 12 pack of pens are like 2 bucks?)  with like paint (also cheap) and scraps from other projects.....what else what else..... They could also work on one big board all together that can say the name of the organization and like everyone could write somethin on it and make it all pretty or cool or w/e and it could be kept where the program is held...u guys could all make lunch together or a part of the meal.... um u can try searching kiddy shows and sites for craft ideas.  hope i helped,
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2006 08:13:17 PM »

Litter critters!!!
Save bottles and random stuff you would normally throw away, clean it really well and have the kids make fun litter critters!!!
Combine it with a lesson on recycling and you get the project we are doing at my work as our outreach care club thing next thursday.

« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006 10:43:43 AM »

hey everybody !

thank you so so so much !!! Cheesy

im going tro definately put those ideas to use !!!


PS sorry i took so long to reply, i was out of town and just got back tonight


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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2006 09:11:52 AM »

Make your own dinosaur fossils.  You need sand for molding, plaster of paris, small toy dinosaurs that have simple profiles (you have to be able to remove the toy without disturbing the depression it leaves behind)
paper clips or wire for hangers and suitable vessel/s for mixing the plaster and for making the actual mold (plastic tubs used for sour cream etc.. )  Place sand in container and pack down a little, place dinosaur in sand and press down until a good impression is made and remove the toy, add plaster of paris (runnier is better so it flows into small depressions by itself) and add wire hanger before plaster sets if desired, wait till plaster no longer feels cold to the touch before unmolding. now child can color it or leave it plain.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2006 09:46:36 AM »

Hello  Cheesy

I hope you still reading this post cause I gonna be posting different projects for your "little ones" Wink

I know kidz specially girls love this one , I hope they like it

« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2007 11:20:35 PM »

Collages- magazines, scissors, cardboard, gluestick, markers

I think it can be a good medium for expression

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