Yesterday's craft project at Crafting A Future, (which I did with about 20 kids total) to make a mini Purim costumes clothesline was a great success! I'm so happy to share with you some of the results, and am enjoying looking at the one that my eight year old made, now hanging in our kitchen.
I introduced this project by teaching the kids to make sketches on a piece of scrap paper before drawing on the more precious colored paper, and welcomed originality! I also told them to make at least five items for the best results. I did not do an example, as if I did I knew many would just copy it, which is against the rules in our art classes! The example above was made by an 11 year old, who did a nice job of pasting together two halves of that clown suit!
A fun combination of colors and Purim costume pieces, done by an ten year old.
This one was done by an 11 year old who has confidence and the ability to understand the project and do it, which may seem simple enough, but was so very difficult for at least half of the group, who sadly have been taught in school to copy an example. This has made them insecure and lacking in very basic abilities that should come naturally. Sigh. I'm hoping my classes will help them!
This was done by a 9 year old, who showed originality (yippee!) by drawing patterns on some of her pieces. That white jacket though was actually a copy of the one thing I drew to help another girl who after an hour had nothing.
A super sweet version, love the little polka dots and the combination of colors.
And now, let's take a look at how the boys faired with this craft. My daughter thought it might be a little too "girly" for them, so I gave them a few options, but they chose to do this one, with great results. As it turns out, five out of six boys in the class were so much more able to get down to business with the project than the girls. The boys sat down and got to work, without worrying so much about the results or whether what they were doing was perfect enough, very interesting indeed!
This one is a great combination of color, size and shape......
This one was done by my eight year old son in a matter of minutes, and with very little effort.....
This colored version was done by a ten year old who sat patiently long after everyone had gone home and carefully drew and cut out his pieces, great job!
- colored card stock
- black markers in various widths
- mini wooden clothespins (from your local craft/dollar store)
- pom pom yarn, or any yarn or string for hanging
How To: Get kids to make sketches of ideas on scrap paper before drawing on colored card stock. Draw with pencil first and then go over pencil lines with black marker, or for those who are more confident, dive right in with the black marker. Cut out items, and hang them on your yarn clothesline. Ta Da, an adorable Purim decoration for your wall has been made!