Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Back to school - exciting projects

Last week saw the first of ten sessions in a new 'After School Crafting Club' for children in years 3-5 in a local school - (uk size children, I don't know what grade that is in the States, aged from 7-10) There were 20 eager, very eager and excited to be crafting and I started them off with a couple of projects.

The first one got them thinking about themselves as crafters....what do they like to make? Cards came up tops. What colours and patterns to they like? And what might they like to make at the Club. We had 22 suggestions, from cards to elevators! We made a simple book from the instructions from this great Book Making Artist - one her free projects. I made my own template for the children to fill in, cut and fold. They took them home to decorate the cover.

With 20 children in the first session and a whole heap of excitement, I did not have time to take lots of photos, but I did manage to take some of the finished projects.

The other thing we put together were inspired by Anne Woods lovely horses. I adapted the making slightly by holding the legs on with split pins rather that stitching wire and buttons.
The making schedule was: paint the printed card silhouettes, make up the books while the horses dried. Cut out and put together the presure!

I also limited the colours and painting of the horses, suggesting that the children dab paint on with sponges and add details with the tip of a paintbrush. We only had 1 hour to do both projects and I was keen to paint and cut the horses in one session to make a great display.

I was really impressed with the accuracy of cutting with the children in such a short time, they looked amazing and we only had to get the sticky tape out twice to mend tails.

Good work all round and the children were loved the projects. I am looking forward to the next weeks ahead.
Lots of ideas buzzing round in my head, now I know what they can manage in 1 hour!

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