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Hi y'all--

Just hoping someone will have a good idea for a craft/art project (more art than craft) that 2 competent 10 year old girls would find fun, that doesn't seem cheesy, but that can be adapted so a 5 year old could do it too.

Inexpensive would make it a slam-dunk win of an idea. I'd like it to be something not too hard but harder than, say, beading or foamies (teh shudder) or something. Also because I haven't put enough stipulations on it-- it needs to be complete in a single afternoon.

PLEEEEASE help me come up with something really unique and hellacool to do? And NOTHING papier mache...

So far potentials are:

lino prints
abstract subtractive sculpture (plaster of paris casts) (might be too hard)
Some kind of decoupage/make your own box/purse thing
collage -- found materials from nature into representational art. Maybe.
Batik? (dunno much about it)
In a pinch, jewelry.

Thanks everyone-- I really appreciate it!

*hugs you all like a buncha wonderful stuffed aminals or something*

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baldercrap
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
I'm liking the lino print option as well as the button people (which truly has too much potential for words...think of a button world!), but if you're still looking for options, I'd like to expand on your sculpture idea and throw out origami for consideration.

I can't say it enough...clay is pure fucking fun! Even when you're not making anything. It's just nice to get your hands into it and trip-out on how it reponds so immediately to the pressure you inflict upon it. And, it's similar to something the 5 year old may have tried before (ie-playdough). If you can design a simple figure (maybe an animal? My first experience with clay was making a dog entirely out of spheres, flattened and squashed) out of the basic shapes, you can teach them how shape can be used to create form as well as the scoring technique in ceramics.

Butterflies are an easy thing to fold and you'd probably only need to spend $3-$9 on a packet of paper (which should have enough paper for the three kids, though, you might want to buy an extra pack just in case). If you have some glitter and glue (hey, neater alternative; glittery t-shirt paints/puffy paints) they can decorate their paper creations to their liking and make them even more unique. *pictures Kix's gothic butterfly right now* Frogs are also fun and pretty easy to fold. You fold down their little butts and you can make them leap!

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