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Old 01-08-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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this summer i am doing an art camp for elementary aged kids with recycled materials. does anyone have any cute ideas for them to work on? the camp is a week long but we are planning to do more like one day projects.

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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Have them make paper! I still remember taking a class and doing that when I was younger. Don't ask for the details, lol. But it was fun, I know that! Will think on it more tomorrow after I (hopefully) get some sleep!

What about different things with milk cartons or plastic milk jugs? There are lots of different things you can do with those. Things with coffee cans and other empty cans. My oldest and I made a piggy bank out of a coffee can once. He still uses it. (you'll need to keep the plastic lid for that).

Oh! I remember seeing an idea where you paint old puzzle pieces (or leave them unpainted!) and make them into a picture frame. Or you could use shells, seeds, pasta noodles...

Good luck! Sounds like a fun idea for an art camp!!!
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If there will be any pine trees around, they can all pick up a couple pine cones and coat them with peanut butter and bird seed. Then braid yarn to make a string to hang them up for the birds.

~ They can make hats out of newspaper.

~ Use cardboard egg cartons. Fill each space with soil. Plant sunflower seeds, marigolds or green beans for the kids to take home to plant in their yards.

~ If it's early enough in the summer, the kids can cut yarn and string into 4" or 5" pieces and lay them out on the grass. Birds love using yarn, string and hair to make their nests.

~ Make grassheads. Pour about a tablespoon of grass seed into the foot of a nylon. Pour about 1.5 cups of soil on top of the grass seed. Tie a knot in the nylon to keep everything from falling out. This is the head.

Fill a yogurt or similar container about 3/4 of the way with water. Turn the nylon upside down, so the grass seed is on top. Cut the tail on the nylon down to about 5". Set the head on the cup so that the tail is down into the water.

Keep plenty of water in the cup. Check it each day. The 'hair' will start to grow in a few days. Kids love giving the grass different 'hairstyles'.

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Barb, I love the "grass head" idea.
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Thanks.

I forgot to add:

Let the kids add a face to it..... paint, markers, fabric or anything you think will work.

Maybe two thumb tacks for the eyes?

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I was just browsing one of the other forums and found this one about making beads out of magazine pages. I had forgotten about doing things like that!! It might depend on the ages of the kids involved.

http://www.craftforum.com/f14/tutori...per-beads-269/
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thanks everyone! those are great ideas! grassheads is a really cute idea but i dont think there is enough time in the camp to do that. keep the ideas coming yall! thanks!
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Does anyone have access to a binder machine and binding materials? (most are usually easily found in craft stores...also many local shops will donate materials, maybe they could?) ANyways, my point is, use cereal boxes, cake boxes etc and make notebooks If u cant get a binder, even just punching holes and tying with ribbon will give the kids a nifty little unique notebook
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oh my gosh that is the cutest idea! definitely a must! thanks!
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also ideas up to age 6th grade would be helpful 2! we have extended our recycled art camp to 2 sessions. one for grades 1-3 and the other for grades 4-6. more challenging ideas would be great for the older group too!
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