Ah, summer camp.
|For example, duct tape purses: questionable educational value, but invaluable fun!|
|Fabulous ribbon headbands- all made by a single happy little camper.|
|Feather clip-on earrings!|
|Summery flower and tulle-ribbon headbands|
|Fluffy ribbon barrettes|
|Made, obviously, by looping it around your foot or toe.|
|Not me- but I wore my hair like this all the time. Oh, well. At least it matched my tube socks.|
Yes, I let small children use hot glue guns. Yes, they sometimes touch it by accident. And yes, they go right back to using it again, because like other real and satisfying tools (saws, sewing machines, drills, hammers), there is an substantial element of self-confidence that rises out of knowing that they are trusted with a potentially dangerous tool. It builds their sense of responsibility, especially knowing that they can teach that tool to others.
|Bejeweled ribbon belt, brought to you courtesy of a hot glue gun.|
And this one, which deserves its own closeup, for the tiny owls drawn on afterward.
|Why owls on a bracelet? Because she's eight, and she rocks.|
Designs made this week ranged from the sweet...
|Made by a seven-year-old. What?! I want that.|
A couple of the same campers were with me all day, and for the other half we did Storybooks. Many of these kids are such writers, from their souls, that it blew me away. They came loaded up with stories in the mind and tales to tell, and all I really did was provide a platform for them to put the stories forward.
|First page of a pop-up book. Watch out Robert Sabuda!|
Students made field guides, which could either be based in reality or in their own imaginations:
|Hole punch+embroidery floss binding, with a styrofoam print cover illustration|
|Folded journal-style book with Velcro closure. Several kids used this for non-fiction fact books with glossaries.|