“Creation Station”

Last month our church had a Kid’s Camp for three days, where I had a class for them called “Creation Station”. The children were able to come in during their free time and create whatever they wanted to. Sometimes there would be between 15 and 20 1st and 2nd graders. During that time I didn’t have any behavior problems.

What is the “Creation Station”? It was a room with a variety of materials(mostly recycled things) where they can create things. We provided tape, glue, scissors, markers, crayons, ¬†and magnets. We didn’t provide any paint or glitter but the children didn’t seem to mind.

Prior to Kid’s Camp, for the past three months we had people save boxes, egg cartons, material, paper, paper towel tubes, foam pieces, and anything else we thought would be good for creating. We also had metal washers, coffee cans, toothpicks, straws, pipecleaners, cottonballs, and q-tips.

If the child wasn’t done with their project they could keep it in the room and work on it the next day. The children made robots, tanks, a solar system, lollipop garden, and a blanket for their stuffed animal to name just a few. I was quite impressed of things that the children created.

You too can have your own “Creation Station”. Start saving a variety of things and pick a couple of days when you want your child to create. Just provide the materials and let them go at it. For younger children they may need more help or some ideas of what to make.

What recycled things do you like to use?

Bracelets/Necklaces – What to use?

In my book Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) I list several craft projects that you can do with your child. One of the things I like to do with children is for them to make bracelets or necklaces using different material.

There are a variety of ways to do this – pipe cleaners and pony beads, Cheerios or Fruit Loops and yarn(tape one end for ease in getting it through the hole and tie a knot at the other end using the Cheerios or Fruit Loops), cut up colorful drinking straws to make a necklace, slice up flower shape foam pool noodles(you can get these at the Dollar Store in the Spring and Summer), large beads, buttons, or empty thread spools.

Please remember that the small pieces are not recommended for children under 3. You have many choices of materials that can be used to make a bracelet or necklace, adapt it to the age/ability of your child.

What do you like to use to make a bracelet or necklace?