Category Archives: Craft Projects

The Nature of Fun

We’ve all heard the shocking statistics about the rise in childhood obesity caused by inactivity and too many snacks. Communing with nature is an ideal way to get kids moving instead of staring at a video screen. Sometimes this isn’t as easy as it used to be. Way back in the dark ages, when I ran day camps before computers and i-Pods existed, my young campers eagerly built forts, learned how to build bricks out of mud and picked up … Continue reading

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Project Sampling

Following are a few projects provided by Karen Holbrook, director of marketing and product development for Janlynn Corporation, Indian Orchard, Mass. Related Article: The Art of Arts & Crafts Silk Painting Great kids project because it’s so easy to do. Small projects like cards, hankies and sun catchers take less than an hour to do. Using silk paints, the crafter just touches a loaded brush to the silk, and the paint flows to the design outline and stops. It’s a … Continue reading

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Book ‘Em, Danno

Naturally your camp is on the cutting edge as far as safety, staff training and child psychology. But are you on the cutting edge of the latest craft phenomena? Do the terms acid free paper, Flip Flop Fasteners and cropping mean anything to you? Welcome to the world of scrap booking. The New York Times recently stated that “Scrap booking is the fastest growing sector of hobby related industries. The two billion dollar a year industry is expected to grow … Continue reading

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Crafting Smiles

What would camp be without those special arts and crafts projects campers make on a regular basis? Crafts provide an opportunity for creativity and communication. Children easily share thoughts and ideas while sitting next to fellow campers, sharing glue and paint. Crafts also help children develop self esteem. Try these two activities that provide artistic expression and help campers feel good about themselves… Blooming Artists Ever wish you could spend a quiet afternoon sitting at an easel next to a … Continue reading

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One More Time Again: Recycled Crafts

It’s easy to observe campers engaged in an arts and crafts project and wonder, “How do they use so many supplies?” Glue, paints, wiggle eyes, chenille stems, fake fur, and fuzzy pom poms seem to disappear as campers work on their projects. While certain supplies are necessary, you can reduce costs by using recycled materials for craft projects. Try these ideas for creative yet cost-conscious projects: Big Mouth Puppets Have any old socks laying around in the lost and found? … Continue reading

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