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simple & cheap projects for elm school kids
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5 Mar 2011, 18:10
Meghans Follie
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I have been asked to "teach art" to about 4 kids in my neighborhood who are being homeschooled. I have a few ideas, but that won't last long. I will have the kids here at my house 1 hr twice a week. So a new project just about every week thru the end of the school year for them (may)

So any ideas? ages 6-11 years old
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5 Mar 2011, 20:03
Jessica [Private]
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Anything that kids can decorate. Making boxes out of popsicle sticks (as l'etoile said) was always a favorite for me. I loved making frames for pictures out of them as well.

You can get GIANT boxes of Popsicle sticks for a few bucks, and they'll last you for weeks :)
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6 Mar 2011, 03:44
Bellatrix Lestrange
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When I was 10 or so, my teacher in school got the class to paint.
Or draw.

Give them a prompt and let them get creative.

And guidance is helpful, too. (:
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7 Mar 2011, 19:12
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This is what I was talking about. Teach them technique and give them a prompt, and then just observe and offer advice or suggestions when necessary.
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10 Mar 2011, 23:47
Bellatrix Lestrange
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@ Avonlea@ITW :

It's the best way for the child to learn (:

& it's a fun way, too.
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9 Mar 2011, 02:16
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Karissa suggested this for my daughter's room but it's an awesome idea. Get a canvas, stencil in the letter of their first name and then let them decorate it :)
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5 Mar 2011, 18:16
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Trinket boxes out of Popsicle sticks and glue.
Origami [loads of instructions online and paper is relatively cheap.]
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5 Mar 2011, 20:30
ღ.Life With 3
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Something my kids have done before at school.. making picture frames out of puzzle pieces. Basically just gluing them all around cardboard, to make a frame, to slip a picture in. Cute if you add magnets to the back, so Mom can stick them on the frige :)
I also found this website.. looks like they have some pretty neat-o stuff on there.

(sorry, I dont know how to post it as a link.)
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5 Mar 2011, 20:37
Addicted to Craft
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Hmm... I wonder how good the attention span is on the 6yo? I would think an 11yo would want something a big more complicated than a 6yo. You can decorate t-shirts, get a ton of paint chips and have them plan and make mosaic art by cutting out shapes from the paint chips and using them to fill in a drawing. I can't think of the exact name of the design, but there's a project using thick art paper and oil paints. You fill a shallow pan (like a tin foil casserole pan) with an inch or two water, then you add the oil paint and use a toothpick or wooden skewer to swirl the paint around to make a design. Take the art paper and place it in the water then remove. The oil paint should stick to the art paper. Let it dry. You can use a large piece, fold in half and then fold in a few pages of paper. Use a thick needle and thread and sew up the middle of the fold. They'll have their own books. You could also staple the fold as well. You can collect a ton of used crayons and teach them to melt them into new crayons. Challenge them to group them into primary colors, secondary colors, different shades of a color, warm tones and cool tones. You can melt them in an old muffin tin. They can learn to tye-dye, help them decorate planter pots, make paper towel flowers (go to and search paper towel flowers for a few tutorials). Have them explore painting with different items: give them a medium canvas or large piece of sturdy paper and then put out paint and a ton of brushes and found items such as: string, bubble wrap, cookie cutters, squirt guns (spraying teh paint will make it drip), feathers, paint roller, etc. Of course, this works best if the kids won't be overwhelmed and make a mess. lol. You can teach them to make stamps from food. Cut off the botton of a celery bunch and it looks like a flower, they can carve designs into potatoes (or you have them draw the design and you cut them out). Just a few ideas. I'll try to think of a few more and come back! :)
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6 Mar 2011, 05:51
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Hmmm... from my projects that I have done in elementry school, the most I recall is... in 4th grade I believe I had an art teacher named "Mrs. Sennett" she had us crush a soda can and draw it as it looked; she also taught classes at my middle and highschool [transferred I guess] and had the older kids doing the same thing, she also had us paint portraits of ourselves... I love art, so much always have, used to make projects myself all the time as a kid; I can't remember a teacher as inspirational as THAT.

One of my favorite projects as kid I did by myself though no direction though was, make a dresser of my own for my art supplies out of my Mom's avon boxes, there is a photo somewhere, if I find it I will post.
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6 Mar 2011, 07:55
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We use to make these in afterschool care. They were dreamcatchers to us..but I just googled it and apparently they are known as gods-eyes. I know they don't look like traditional dreamcatchers...but thats what they always were to me! Anyway, they were pretty cool and kept us entertained for quite a while.

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7 Mar 2011, 19:10
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It depends on whether you're teaching "art" or "crafts." So the first thing you should do is ask which one they want.

My son took an art class for homeschoolers aged five through eleven from a local artist. She started off teaching them to notice specific shapes in objects and then to draw them accurately. Then later on she moved onto shading, perspective, light and shadow, and color. She also started each class with an art history lesson. There are books on teaching art to children if you're looking for ideas. Teaching a range of ages just requires you to expect more precision and detail from the older ones, but maturity and talent is much more important than numerical age.

If she's wanting just a "craft time" rather than an art class, there are tons of books at the library with craft ideas in them. HTH!
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7 Mar 2011, 19:32
Meghans Follie
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thinking their looking for someone to take them for an hour and a half so they get a break from time to time lol
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8 Mar 2011, 04:13
kein mitleid
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I always enjoyed building toothpick structures with modelling clay. Perhaps this wouldn't be too expensive. Maybe they can all choose a structure they like (i.e. their house) and build a model of it based off a picture.
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