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Calling all teachers, parents, crafty people! 
Jun. 8, 2009 11:57 am 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2009 10:22 am
Admittedly, this is a cry for help. My creativity escapes me when it comes to my latest project. So, that’s where you all come in! Let me give you a few details on my venture…
In approximately three weeks I am leaving for the Dominican Republic! [Insert my shrill shrieking of excitement here.] This is a volunteer trip, most of the time I’ll be helping to build a home for a Dominican family. The region where we’ll be building this home is very economically poor, homes are built from wood, and aren’t sustainable during their hurricane seasons. We’ll use bricks we make and cement to make them a home that will last!
The part of the trip I’m most excited about is a day camp for Dominican children. And yes, this is where you come in! I’m calling all parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, crafty and thrifty people—I know you’re out there! I have been assigned to come up with one or two projects to lead during the day camp.
Here are the details:
  • There will be approximately 200 children, ages 7-13. The kids will be in groups of about 25, and I’ll have a group for about 45-60 minutes each. So, I could do the same activity for several consecutive groups.
  • I’ve been told to focus on things that can be finished at the camp, rather than taking home half-finished projects. Having a finished project to take home from camp will give the kids a sense of accomplishment and success! Plus, I have to be able to make the project and explain it to them in Spanish, so a complex and intricate piece of origami might be inexpensive and easy to transport, but maybe not the easiest to explain to children in a foreign language. (I do speak Spanish—in case you were wondering! It’s not perfect, but I try!)
  • I need to bring all of my materials for the project with me (scissors, glue, paper, beads, string, etc.) so they will all need to be packed. Not only does this stuff need to be easily transported, it needs to be somewhat light in my luggage and inexpensive. With 200 heads, I can’t afford a project that’s very expensive.
  • Water and electricity are unreliable, meaning for several hours we might not have use of either until power or water has resumed. So using things that require electricity or large amounts of water will not be practical.
  • Something else to keep in mind is the impoverished area in which the children live. Making projects that create a lot of waste or are insensitive to their environment would not be respectful on my part. For example, necklaces made from painted pasta tubes or art made from food would likely be more appreciated as food rather than something they’d hang on the wall. I’d like to remain sensitive to the local community members who cannot afford the things we sometimes take for granted here.
I hope there are some Allrecipeeps out there who can give me ideas, I welcome any and all of them! I promise to post pictures of the trip when I return home too!
Thanks so much! –Jenny
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Jun. 8, 2009 12:07 pm
I'm not very crafty so really have no suggestions for you. I just wanted to say how awesome it is for you to do this! So many people are caught up in their own lives and don't realize how good it feels to give back to other people. I hope you have a safe and rewarding trip.
Jun. 8, 2009 12:09 pm
Wow! Good for you, that is awesome! I work at a church & we are always looking for ways to pass on our leftover curriculum, projects, etc to smaller churches in our area. Many churches right now are gearing up for VBS these are great ways of getting ideas or leftover craft items. Maybe make a necklace? Coloring sheets?
Jun. 8, 2009 12:12 pm
Check out this website for ideas
Jun. 8, 2009 12:16 pm
Bravo to you!!! The first things that come to mind are bead necklaces or bracelet. Paper pinwheels using a straw,or paper plate alot of good cheap craft ideas. Maybe buy a container of the foam shapes and they could make pictures out of those. My kids love them
Jun. 8, 2009 12:58 pm
O.K My oldest daughter used to be a leader with the Parks and Recreation Dept, a couple of things I remember her saying the kids LOVED doing...... Paint a leader - each group gets pots of finger paint and they Paint their leader, after the painting; winning teams were picked.. IE.. most painted... most creative.... most colours used... etc Each team won some title... Then the kids got to hose off their leader... I REPEAT KIDS LOVE THIS GAME
Jun. 8, 2009 1:11 pm
Ok, I have millions of ideas, and not enough room...;) 1- Newspaper beads/everything else. It is cheep, and can be recycled by your kids. All you will really need to bring is glue, and maybe cardstock for backing. 2- paints! These can be found there too, but I used to have a blast with my campers (not DR, but young all the same) painting graphitti tables and walls into murals! Tissue paper flowers, ie you need dollar store tissue paper and pipe cleaners, nothing else! Lots more, I will see if I can find some links!
Jun. 8, 2009 1:11 pm
How about macrame friendship bracelets.
Jun. 8, 2009 1:11 pm
Kudos to you for doing this! I can't wait to hear about your experience there! There are some neat things you can do with popsicle/craft sticks - picture frames (for photo or artwork), and there's instructions on Sprout for an "Underwater Garden" - frame of popsicle sticks, and you can have them draw or paint an underwater scene; there's others too. ---> Maybe you can have them do some sort of craft with things they can find, like pebbles, shells, (if you'll be near the ocean), leaves (place paper on top and color with a crayon - the texture of the leaves comes through).
Jun. 8, 2009 1:16 pm
Wow Jenny, you are an example to all of us. Good for you. My idea is a simple one. Do you know what a God's eye is? You just need 2 craft sticks and yarn, the more the better, the more colorful the better. Easy craft to learn, can be completed in that amount of time and it doesn't involve food. Something that can be hung and admired by all. Have fun and be safe.
Jun. 8, 2009 1:52 pm
Jenny, if you use items from their environment - either natural materials or recycled materials - then the kids will be able to make them again on their own.
Jun. 8, 2009 2:54 pm
Would you be able to take their photograph and have it printed right there? Kids love their pictures, so maybe a picture frame with popsicle sticks to put the pictures into.
Jun. 8, 2009 8:32 pm
You guys are great-so many good ideas! This is stuff I would've never thought of! Keep them coming, I'm loving it! THANK YOU THANK YOU, or should I say MUCHAS GRACIAS!?!
Jun. 8, 2009 9:08 pm
Hey Jenny, here is a link to video instructions on how to make paper flowers, you need tissue paper and pipe cleaners, and you can prepare it all ahead of time (cutting the tissue paper to the size you want, as well if you are crafty, you can cut the papers edges with different patterns). Good luck!!
Jun. 8, 2009 10:31 pm
This is a great opportunity for you. If I were you, I'd first approach some local retailers & manufacturers to ask for donations. You may need a letter of introduction from the group sponsoring the trip. If the soil where you're going is decent & you can transport these items into the country, I'd hit up Lowes, Home Depot or another retailer for small peat pots & seeds for quick-growing vegetable plants that the children can tend. This will help put food on the table. Here's the URL for suggestions on which types of seeds to buy >>>> >>> If you have a food distributor or manufacturer such as Nabisco or Keebler, ask about getting cookies as a treat to take along. You could also ask for donations of graham crackers, marshmallows & small chocolate bars then bring along a roll of aluminum foil so the group can make campfire-style s'more packets to take home with them. They'd be able to heat it over a fire if they don't have electricity in their homes. Here's a recipe for an edible Kool Aid craft dough you can make in advance & store in an airtight container for up to 6 months >>> >>> Here's another idea for a project that you could ask a hardware store to donate the tubing & a craft store to donate the glitter or plastic beads (you will need to accumulate SOME water beforehand to fill them >>>
Jun. 9, 2009 1:02 pm
I think it'll be fun to grow plants, like maybe vegetable plants or flowers? However, that's not a one day project with results.. plus they may not want to waste water.. well there goes my idea. I think you could post this question on It's a forum with lots of creative and nice people who will probably have some ideas for you. Best of luck!
Jun. 9, 2009 2:43 pm
Here is a link to the God's Eye Craft that Avon mentioned. It is a great idea!
Mel K 
Jun. 9, 2009 2:56 pm
I have taken two trips to Trinidad and spent time with the children there conducting camps in the morning hours and working on homes/buildings in afternoons. We went into the inner areas where the children did not have access to lots of things and they loved anything and everything. They did not want anything thrown away, even begged me for the ziplock baggies that I had stuff stored in. Foam stickers are a wonderful tool to take, every child loved them. Worked with children from about 4 to 15-16. Older teens would bring the younger ones and then they would not leave and soon they were right in there with us and would be just as involved. They loved finger paints (does not travel well on plane) and of course the crayons with glitter was a big success. Definitely did not have to worry about bringing leftover itmes home, even the adults were waiting to see if they could have something. Beads for bracelets and necklaces were great and they loved to put them on and do a fashion show;they could show them off.Play-dough was also a great hit, everyone loved playing with it and it was great watching them create things. We found several of the children were really talented and their drawing skills were very good. They did not want any paper thrown away, they kept it to draw on. Disposable cameras are wonderful, they love to have their pictures made and will snap photos so fast that you will not have any shots left if you do not keep an eye on the cameras. They love to have their picture made and make frames to put them in. We took a digital camera and made photos and would print them at night in our rooms so we would be able to let everyone make a frame and put the photo inside as a gift to their family. Also took containers of Kool-Aid and put cookies in containers and took them. They were thrilled to have snacks that they were not familiar with. It was a challenge to find clean water to make the Kool-Aid and once again there was never any waste. Very special friendships were built while working in the area. Very long days,many nights we did not get through till 10:30 or 11:00 and we usually had about a hour travel time back to our base. It touches your life in a way that cannot be explained. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy every day that you have to spend with the children.May you be blessed for your service, stay safe. God bless you!
Jun. 10, 2009 7:35 am
I just got back from D.R. last week! My husband and I bought supplies for the kids in orphanges with us. I love the photo-craft idea! The kids we visited really loved having their pic. taken. Peace and Love to you as you head off on a wonderful adventure!
Jun. 11, 2009 12:38 pm
I am a pre-school teacher and I like the comment about using the materials you have on hand so the children can recreate their activities. You could lead a scavenger hunt and have everyone find for example: 1 pod, 2 green leaves and so on depending on what is on hand. Children can glue these items on paper(donated from copy stores). Glitter and glue or glue sticks are inexpensive and easy to transport. Have children find objects such as shells or rocks and cover with glitter and glue. Don't forget that teaching songs and movements are things they can repeat and do over and over when they return home. Depending on the age, you could do "5 Little Speckled Frogs" for the younger ones and even find a piece or wood or log to use with the song. Movements like "Father Abraham" and "This Old Man" are fun for children of all ages and you can practice these songs home now in Spanish. Hope some of these ideas help!
Jun. 11, 2009 1:48 pm
Cut the cover from used greeting cards and embellish them by glueing on rhinestones, feathers, beads, etc. Mount by using a piece of construction paper with slits cut for the corners.
Jun. 11, 2009 1:56 pm
One of the best places to look for specific art lessons and samples is Art teachers from all over the world can submit their lesson plans and examples students have created on this site. I used it to help inspire me for the 700+ students I taught last school year. Also, if you study their culture and their art, you will have less teaching to do, because the children will pull from what they already know and will see that they can create what is already culturally accepted. I would stay away from coloring sheets, not much is learned from them, plus you have to take eithor the coloring books or copies with you. Try to stick with natural materials, you could collect from outside. Remember leaf rubbings you did as a kid? Step it up a little by doing a watered down paint wash over the crayon rubbed leafs. Maybe they can make a "fairy" house and furnature from sticks, leafs and flowers. (this can prepare them to develop a wood working trade that they will be able to make money from as adults) My boys loved drawing cars, I just stepped it up by using print out pictures of concept cars they have never seen before. Most of all...HELP THEM BUILD CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES BY HAVING FUN! May God Bless you and your work
C. Mosier 
Jun. 11, 2009 4:36 pm
One that I've done successfully quite a few times with kids is to inflate water balloon sized balloons, soak strands of yarn (3 to 4 strands about 18 to 24 inches long, give or take some) in a mixture of one part glue, two parts water (a little trickier without the water, but will still work!). Wrap these strands in all directions around the balloon leaving little gaps where the balloon shows. Hang the balloons up somwhere by a little string (tape a name tag on each string in a large group to tell whose is whose). When the glue dries, you prick the balloons with pins, tug them out, and have a very neat hollow string ball. They're simple, pretty, colorful, can be made by almost any age, cheap to make, and on a hot summer day, they dry in no time in the sunshine, which makes them something fun to take home. If you've got some down time, I strongly recommend playing with sidewalk chalk. Its use should NOT be restricted to sidewalks (which is good, because I doubt there are many sidewalks there), but to any hard, horizontal outdoor surface you have permission to write on. Works on smooth-ish trees, flat rocks, bricks, stone, or concrete of any sort. It's cheap, and a couple buckets is plenty for 25 children to work from at a time, and when all is said and done and 200 kids have created and signed their art, you'll have a pretty impressive and colorful masterpiece on your hands. The rain will remove it all, no trace, no damage.
Jun. 11, 2009 6:43 pm
I have a friend who travels to a mission medical center in Central America. One thing she does is to buy clothes that fit her at garage sales before she goes. She wears the clothes while working and then gives them to some of the women before she leaves. She spends $25 and makes multiple women very happy. Just a suggestion! Have a great time.
Jun. 11, 2009 6:48 pm
I'm going to take a bit of time and think on possible projects. Any theme? From my experience doing projects with children in poor countries I would say that you should not expect the children to know how to use sissors or glue, glue sticks (may try to eat them). So plan time for teaching these things if you want to use them. Expect to have a great time. They'll be so excited.
Jun. 11, 2009 7:27 pm
I have a few ideas. I love making things with pipe cleaners; butterflies, flowers, snow flakes. To make a butterfly using a pencil as a base, you make two wings by folding a pipe cleaner in half, twisting the open ends together and push down to make a heart. Make two of these and use half a pipecleaner to wrap the wings to the pencil by twisting together on the bottom to make legs. You then add the other half pipe cleaner by twisting upward to make the antenna. I've done this with many different age groups and they all love it. Another idea is to make origami jumping frogs and have the kids decorate them. Then use them in races to see whose can jump the farthest. My favorite idea is more of a game but hte children will need writing skills. Have each child trace their hand on a piece of paper and cut out. They will then write their name on the hand. mix up the hands and give a different name to each child with a piece of tape attached to the back. When you say go, have the kids chase each other while trying to put the appropriate name on the back of the child and run away from the ones trying to put their name on their backs. Good luck, Anna
Jun. 11, 2009 7:30 pm
Try They have tons of projects that arent very expensive. The pieces come pre-sorted and packed individually, which makes for easy distribution. They also sell bulk glue, scissors, etc. What a great way to spend your summer!
Jun. 12, 2009 2:35 am
i would go around to different craft stores and ask them if they can donate anything. alot of the stores have alot of excess stock and send it back to the try that also the employees are craft mad and always want to give you tips. so thats my advice. goodluck. god bless.
Jun. 12, 2009 2:38 am
just remember a craft project. pretty much all u do is put a leafe or flower under a piece of paper and go over it with a crayon to leave the impression on the peice of paper. cheap and fun. all you need is a peice of paper and a crayon.
Jun. 12, 2009 4:52 am
You can make sun catchers using glue, string, and any other materials available (beads, small rocks,etc.) I use the lids from old butter containers to hold the glue in one place, but wax paper will work, too. Just fill the lid with glue, make a design in it with the beads leaving a small area clear for a hole, and then let it dry for a day or two. When it is dry, peel out the glue, poke a hole with a pencil, and thread it with a string. Voila! You have a suncatcher!
Jun. 12, 2009 5:04 am
Easy to move, easy to complete, and fits a variety of people. How about mosaic art using using colored paper. The designs could be as simple or as intricate as the artist. It would require very little space and just a few supplies creating art for the new home!
Jun. 12, 2009 5:52 am
A project I've used with children uses mostly available items plus clear Contact paper. Each child gets a piece of it with the backing peeled off, and the 'unsticky' side is held down to the table (with tape). The child places paper scraps, feathers, leaves, pieces of fur, etc. in whatever order you direct them to(you can obviously do a lot here in the choice of items and posible themes). Then YOU place another piece of Contac 'sticky' side down on top. This can then be hung in a window or used as a placemat, etc. Maybe the makers of the Contac will be willing to provide it if you tell them it's for a very worthy cause. Have a very good time and give lots of hugs.
Jun. 12, 2009 6:44 am
I think what you're doing is wonderful. I have a small photo printer, a Canon Card photo printer CP-10 that I've never used. (My husband thought I'd like it to print photos but my inkjet prints photos very well so I've never used it) You can see it on Amazon if you want to see the size, weight, etc. I'll send it to you if you think you can use it for photo crafts for the kids. It comes with an AC adapter so you would need access to somewhere you could plug it in, and a Canon Digital camera to use it with. I would love to see it used for a good cause, so let me know.
Jun. 12, 2009 7:08 am
One of my favorite things to do with Sunday school kiddo's is to make "stained glass windows." All you need is paper plates, tissue paper, and glue sticks. Cut (or have the kids cut) the paper into 1" squares. They do not need to be perfect. Cover the plate with glue, then stick all different colors of paper on it. You can do more sophisticated designs for the older kids and the more layers you have, the prettier they become. I have also cut heavier card stock or construction paper into shapes to match the theme of the story (water, cross, meadow, etc). This is popular with young and old, there is almost no prep involved, and they always come out beautiful. You could even tie a piece of yarn to it to acutally hang in a window.
Jun. 12, 2009 7:41 am
I am an artist and art instructor for children from preschool age to senior citizens. Recycled artwork is always a good route to take, materials are plenty and free in most cases. While I was involved with a Sister Cities project for children in Colorado and Mexico. The children from both cities created masks made from plaster/paper mache' and then they exchanged the masks with eachother. Paper mache' can be easily mixed with flour, water and newpaper and painted with inexpensive tempura paints. You would need a balloon or other similar shaped item to mold the newsprint around. The draw back with the paper mache' does take some time to dry, so another idea is to used recycled items and create unique masks that are "self-portraits". These do not have to be exact in anyway and gives the children a chance to be creative. For supplies think about collecting cereal boxes, milk jugs, water bottles, pop bottles, cardboard boxes, popsicle sticks, buttons for eyes and noses ect. The only things you would need to purchase would be string and glue for fastening objects together.
Jun. 12, 2009 8:59 am
paper bag puppets are easy, light weight and inexpensive. ( you just need paper, paper bags,crayons and glue). If you want to paint you can take tape and place it on various parts of a piece of paper and paint over it, once its dry remove the tape. Makes a really neat picture. You could probably make their flag that way. ( i am not sure but crayons might work as well). Paper plates make all sorts of fun and cheap projects. You can cut them into the shapes of fish, you can cut out eye holes and give the kids different things like paper cut outs, feathers,beads, yarn to make masks. Kids also normally enjoy making necklaces and bracelets with beads. If you have younger children you may want to use pipe cleaners since their fine motor isnt so great. Another paper plate activity is to make snakes. Just it in a spiral and decorate.
Jun. 12, 2009 10:42 am
I am not sure about the practicallity, but my children love to make necklaces and bracelets from FrootLoops cereal. This would be something they could enjoy snacking on also.
Jun. 12, 2009 10:52 am
One more thing, if you decide to do something with beads or items we can donate, post it so that we might be able to help supply.
Jun. 12, 2009 12:47 pm
A very inexpensive craft is to make coffee filter butterflies, using coffee filters, watercolors and/or washable markers, and pipe cleaners or clothes pins. They turn out really colorful, and are easy and quick to make with very little in the way of supplies. You could read a book about butterflies beforehand (Very Hungry Caterpillar is available in Spanish), talk about the lifecycle of a butterfly or show pictures of native butterflies, etc.
Jun. 12, 2009 12:49 pm
Forgot to say, just google "coffee filter butterflies" for instructions - there are lots of ways to do it. You might want to try some at home to see which you like best.
Jun. 12, 2009 1:05 pm
Wow! What a bunch of creative allrecipeeps! I loved reading the ideas. I don't have any ideas for you, but I think the Coffee filter butterflies sound great and coffee filters and pipe cleaners are inexpensive. You can get a big thing of coffee filters at costco for next to nothing. I read a little about making the butterflies and you can use watercolor paint or food coloring. Have a safe and wonderful trip, Jenny!
Jun. 12, 2009 2:10 pm
One thing I did with my daughter's class was paper hand 'lilies'. You trace around the hand, cut out, and then bend it into a cone, so that the five fingers make 'petals'. Use a pencil (or smooth stick) to curl the petals outward, and add a stem (stick, pipe cleaner, extra construction paper). If you want to color them before assembly, that would help personalize the project.
Jun. 12, 2009 7:31 pm
my grandkids love to find rocoks....paint them different colors and write words or sayings on them. ie LOVE PEACE SMILE they make good paperweights decoration or small gifts. craft paint or leftover "grown up" paints work
Jun. 12, 2009 11:40 pm
I wish you well :) Recipe for: Paper Plate Venetian Masks Ingredients: Base: cut paper plate in half - cut space for nose (upside down "u" in ctr of plate) - cut out eye holes (Can do prep before leaving to DR) Holding device: can use any of the following: sticks, plastic straws, wooden skewers, etc...tape to side of plate to be able to hold mask to face Embelishments: can use any of the following: Flower petals, Leaves (both of these need to be brushed with a little glue to stiffen and glaze), foam stickies, colored tissue paper (fanned and glued - also can use to make small flowers by folding 5-6 4x4 sheets in a fanned manner - tying ctr with string and gently pulling each sheet towards the ctr ), feathers, play dough (make small balls -press onto plates - glazed with glue look like jewels - can make layered balls w/different colors cut in half (w plastic knife and press with multi colors facing upwards, etc... Accents: Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, glitter, etc... Directions: Place (glue or staple) embelishments on the outer sides of the eye holes - the more they go outside the plate margin - the better. Leave the center above the nose more for the accents (or completely plain - the ruffle from the plate can be its own decoration) - you can add one (or minimal) embelishments in top ctr going outside of the paper margin if you'd like keep both sides of the eyes similar - symmetry works well - or just focus on one eye hole next to the holding device Can also punch holes on bottom side(s) and tie ribbons. Easy, flexible and a nice keepsake to place in a container or hang on a wall - each one will be unique
Joyce Leisure 
Jun. 13, 2009 12:31 am
really love the contact paper craft. i will try it myself. this would be a grate craft for you to do with your goups.
Maria C. 
Jun. 13, 2009 8:43 am
How exciting! How about paper mache... balloons, flour and water,paper and paints. they blow up the balloons and tie them off. next is the fun part - tearing the paper and pasting to the balloons. After dry, they can pop the balloons and paint.
Jun. 13, 2009 11:05 am
how about beaded friendship bracelets. or the string kind. or lei's made from local flowers or fake ones. or suncatchers using crayon shavings and wax paper, you need an iron for this though. or if it's hot enough down there to melt crayons in the sun that may work..(natural resources) and has some good easy crafts.
Jun. 13, 2009 1:59 pm
how about tie dye tshirts? then they can wear the craft afterwards
Jun. 13, 2009 3:44 pm
Try ojo de dio'sGod's Eye - Ojo de Dios The Ojo de Dios, or God's Eye, is a simple weaving made across two sticks and is thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico. The Huichol call their God's eyes Sikuli, which means "the power to see and understand things unknown." When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the child reaches the age of five. What You Need: Multi-colored yarn, or four different colors of yarn, 2 Popsicle sticks, glue. What You Do: Step One: Cross the sticks and glue them together. Number the sticks according to the illustration. Glue the end of the yarn behind the center of the cross. Step Two: Hold the crossed sticks so it appears as an "X". With the yarn hanging from the bottom, wrap it diagonally over the top of the cross point, going over stick number one and behind it. Step Three: Turn the cross one clockwise turn to stick number two and repeat step two. Continue on to stick three then four. As you wrap the yarn, make sure each row of yarn lies side by side and not on top of the row next to it. Continue to wrap the yarn until you see an 'eye' forming at the center. If you are using different colors of yarn, tie the next color to the end of your yarn and continue to wrap as before. Change your colors as desired. If you are using multi-colored yarn, continue wrapping till you reach the ends of the sticks. Tie off at the end and tuck under. The tassel is optional. Tie a loop of yarn on top for hanging your God's Eye. Bible Object Lesson: The Bible has hundreds of verses about 'eyes'; God's eyes, as well as our own eyes. Here are just a few: "The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." Proverbs 15:3 "...your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:16 "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry." Psalm 34:15 God wants you to know that whether you are his child or not, he watches over all of mankind. God's eyes are on the wicked and the good. But the really great news for God's children, is that his ears are attentive to our cries! This means more than just knowing when we are hurting, or disappointed. To be attentive to your cries means that God loves you and cares about your hurts and disappointments. He can help you when you are hurting. He wants you to talk to him and tell him when you are having a difficult time. He wants to hear from you! Now every time you see your God's Eye craft be reminded that God's eyes are on you, and he cares for you! Ask God to open your eyes to understand more about him! Here's a great verse to memorize: "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Psalm 119:18. If you have been helped by this site...then please help us by becoming a Support Partner! Copyright 2001 Sarah Keith Return to the Crafts section's_eye

Jun. 13, 2009 3:52 pm
I hope this helps. Popsicle sticks and yarns. Are you there with a Christian group? If not just teach them how to make them.
Jun. 13, 2009 4:51 pm
I think you are a wonderful person for showing these kids that simple acts of kindness can speak volumes. How about a butterfly clothes pins (pin, tissue paper, pipe cleaner. A grasshopper for the boys. How about a "pom-pom" with 2 glues on eyes and felt feet for a little pet. A pom pom is a small soft fuzzy little ball found at craft stores (not the cheerleading pom-poms).
Jun. 13, 2009 4:59 pm
One more.....Could you possibly make an inexpensive dough recipe. You could do wonders with a square out of the dough poke hole, and shell print,leaf print, thumb print necklace. You would be able to use the shells repeatedly. Have them make their intials out of the dough and tie a ribbon necklace. Have a safe and inspiring journey!
Jun. 13, 2009 5:10 pm
One idea is coffee filters, food coloring or watered down paint (water colors) and clothes pins. You use a dropper or just have them gently splash a few different colors onto one coffee filter. Stick them in the sun to dry and then pinch coffee filter in the middle and clip the clothes pin there to hold. Looks like a butterfly! To go further, you can add googly eyes and pipe cleaners for antennas onto the clothes pin or just leave as is. Really comes out w/ some cool looking butterflies. This is a project they can definitely take home same day and good for all ages. My 11-1/2 year old still loves making them. Have a wonderful and blessed trip!
Jun. 13, 2009 5:15 pm
I think that is a great thing you are doing. Is this a mission trip!! Check out paper plate crafts!! Inexpensive!! cute ideas I left you a address to a website!! I hope this helps
Jun. 13, 2009 6:32 pm
I've done a similar trip to Mexico and favorite ideas for crafts were: crayon drawings on paper and paint with watercolors over the top, use shaving cream as a type of fingerpaint-it is a soap and we sprayed it on the top of an outdoor table and the kids practiced writing in the cream-it just rinses off! The kids and parents loved beads and bead crafts, pony beads (a larger plastic bead) were the favorites.
Jun. 13, 2009 7:55 pm
Tulip fabric paints are seriously cheap and enough for 200 children to use would cost about $50. Can be diluted with water and used as finger paints or you can use brush's. No dryer needed, just set them in a sunny spot with a few rocks to hold the finished fabric down for an hour or so. The paint containers are small enough to easily take enough in your luggage. Children can paint designs over their shirts that are stained, making them look new again.
Jun. 14, 2009 10:19 am
My sister used to make necklaces out of strips of magazine articles that she liked. Just cut a vertical strip of the magazine page about 1/4 of an inch thick and use a pencil/skewer or just about any cylindrical object to wrap the strip around (into a circle)and then glue the edge. Let dry, slide it off, and put it onto a fishing line or elastic band. You could do this with newspaper, papers that the children color, etc. just about anything! Hope this helps! Good luck! I am sure that you will benefit the most from this experience-- Kelly
Jun. 14, 2009 11:30 am
I live in Trinidad & Tobago and want to emphasize that the children and their parents would love to be given any empty containers (like the cheap Zip-Loc ones), plastic bags, cloth carryall bags, etc. that you transport items in, so plan to donate them rather than bring them back. In developing countries, many items are unavailable, of poor quality, or is expensive to people of limited means. Because of this, however, recycling has been a way of life - and survival - way before it was "the thing." Thus, you will find that the children are extremely creative with whatever you use. Good luck and God bless you!
Jun. 14, 2009 12:14 pm
you could have them make "blooming" flowers for their families. All you need is construction paper and scissors. The children cut the flowers from the paper and fold the petals in tightly to the center. Then when they get home, they can float the flowers in a bowl of water. As the paper absorbs the water, the flowers will expand and open up like they are blooming. Watching this is very exciting for small children and it requires minimal supplies.
Jun. 14, 2009 3:40 pm
I wish you and the chidren a happy and enriching adventure. I am sending a vocabulary building activity that you can build conversations on and hands on activities, which all children need. You can help them to see where you are from in relation to where they live. You can also build using materials from the enviornment a 3D map. You can also try a planting, or plant/tree identification activities. Landforms in Spanish Name_____________________________ el archipiélagola bahíael golfo el istmola islael lago la penínsulael ríoel aprieto 

EnchantedLearning.comLabel the Tree (El Árbol) in Spanish Name_____________________________ el airelas hojasla raíz la ramael solel sueloel tronco
Jun. 14, 2009 3:50 pm
I tried to send two spanish activities from Enchanted Learning. Prehaps you can find it and take it with you. Love from a New York Teacher
Jun. 14, 2009 3:57 pm
You might have to look up ways to make things from the environment for the projects that I suggested in my previous comments. Make your own clay or playdough, use twigs, leaves, take bag ties, hot glue gun that works without electricity, ect.
Jun. 14, 2009 3:58 pm
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Jun. 14, 2009 5:46 pm
I agree with some of the comments about photographs. If you can take a Polaroid or any instant camera or a digital camera, a laptop and a small printer, photographs would be a great remembrance of your time with them. You could take some of your card stock and make small picture frames for the photos. What about taking some of your extra embellishments and glue for the frames? The children could look for natural things to use- twigs, flowers, leaves- and use the embellishments for the pretties. Don't forget tape. The idea for friendship bracelets is good, too. You could use jute and some pony beads. Each bracelet would take about 12" of jute. For some additional ideas check out these websites:;;;; Good luck with your trip. I'm sure whatever you do with the children they will love, because you are giving of yourself. Maybe some of the children will want to be teachers because of you. Bless you.
Jun. 14, 2009 6:04 pm
If you still need an idea, you could look at They have SO many project ideas, and a lot that are recycled from other materials. I bet if anything, it would help you think of something else if you don't find something exactly. Good luck! Sounds fun!
Jun. 14, 2009 10:29 pm
I recommend: Stringing pony bead necklaces and bracelets. The beads are durable, colorful, very inexpensive, are big enough to be handled by all size hands and they come in a million colors. My 9th graders love making stuff with these beads which they sometimes call candy beads. The adults at our school seem to like them too. I bought most of the beads on Ebay or bulk by internet from Shipwrecked Beads or Oriental Trading. Pony beads are fun to string and can be used on keychains, hair ornaments, bracelets, identifying neck lanyards,decoration on clothing or shoes, etc. Good Luck! MsRaabe JFKHS aka jrbegonia
Jun. 14, 2009 11:45 pm
My suggestions is to go to where you can buy bulk craft supply kits.They have kits to make hats, sand art projects, photo frames,etc. Plus this may give you some ideas. Hope this helps. -Linda
Jun. 15, 2009 6:36 am
Jenny, I applaud your efforts in helping children and families and hope you enjoy your time with them. DLTK's website ( is filled with tons of activities and craft to celebrate holidays and even other cultures. It's one I use often as a special education teacher. And I'm not too crafty, either. There are tons of other sites as well. Someone mentioned Enchanted Learning in an earlier post and there's also Teacher's Mailbox magazine, although you may need to subscribe to that one. Young kids love doing things with their hands so finger painting, making slime, etc. are all really good ideas. Also, filling a small balloon with flour to use as a squish ball is fun. Again, enjoy yourself and thank you for your work. Blondie1217
Jun. 15, 2009 7:41 am
What a wonderful way to help people! These children have probably never seen snow...???. You could show them pictures of it...maybe read a short children's book about it and let them make snowflakes. Explain how each is different. Could glue on glitter. This is easy, cheap and requires little in the way of supplies. Good luck!
Jun. 15, 2009 8:58 am
Jenny, The children will appreciate your effort no matter how small. You mentioned some of the children would be older. If you pair up older children with little ones, they could make a book out of paper bags (you get about 50 in a pack for about $1)
and illustrate it, paste decorations or make thumb art all you need is an ink pad and some crayons or markers.
hope this helps. The idea of planting something they could eat later is great. You don't need pots, when I was in kindergarten, we planted wheat in a milk container from lunch. You might try plastic cups? Have a wonderful trip.
Jun. 15, 2009 11:16 am
Find a Girl Scout Troop Leader in your community...she will have a whole file full of great ideas!
Jun. 15, 2009 12:10 pm
Maybe picture frames? You can use good old craft sticks or foamies for the frame and then stickers, pompoms, string, glitter glue, buttons and what not to decorate
Jun. 15, 2009 2:20 pm
Sock puppets! You can find a source of cheap surplus socks or you can visit your local thrift store for gently used socks which are SUPER cheap. They may even donate if you ask & explain your cause. Then all you would need are a few bags of those cheap little plastic "googly" eyes (you know, the plastic with a little black dot that rolls around when moved)and some glue, buttons & optionally pipe cleaners for atennas or whatever (but they won't be able to wear ones that are too elaborate on their feet later if they desire to do so. Pieces of felt are cheap for ears, etc. You may not have time for papier mache but that is very cheap and easy. You could make stick-figure people out of eyes, glue, pipe cleaners, etc. with tinsel for hair & glued onto card stock with a special message written thereon and framed with popsicle sticks glued around the edges. The options are limitless ... This is your opportunity not just to entertain these children but to make a profound impact with something inspirational so try to keep that in mind ...
Jul. 24, 2009 10:22 am
I know this is too late to help you this time, but I'll write anyway.... Many good ideas suggested. I especially like the paper bag (& sock) puppets idea, as that can be played with for a long time, & putting on puppet shows exercises their creativity! ~~~ I also have worked as a volunteer, teaching practical handicrafts to about 200 girls in Africa, where there wasn't electricity & where I had to bring in jugs of water for whatever we needed it for (like to wash hands). I had to come up with the idea of making the crafts practical, because simply decorative crafts were not useful enough to warrant parents allowing their young daughters time away from work & chores! At the very beginning, the charitable organization had provided paper & drawing supplies: pencils, coloring markers, paints. When I gave them these supplies these 6-13 year olds had NO IDEA of what to do with them. (They'd never been to school.) They simply sat there & looked at me. So I drew on a chalkboard a simple picture of a house, tree, & people. They still did not know how to do this. A few tried to draw what I had drawn. When the parents saw these "useless" (ie, impractical) papers, some were ready to pull their daughters out of the program, & have their girls go back to the useful work at home. I found this out by low attendance at the next session, & meeting with those parents & talking to them. No problem! I told them we would do practical crafts. So I taught them crafts that they could use for themselves & for possibly turning into a home-based business: sewing by hand (they made a dress & each girl was able to keep her needle); macrame techniques (they made belts & potted plant holders); they each received a plastic grid & colorful yarn to weave into the grid (they made photo frames to hold a photo of themselves - the only photo they have ever had taken of themselves! They 100% loved this!). Those 3 major projects took up most of the 3 month-long sessions. (I also arranged some field trips for them to go to the zoo, a museum, an important archaeological site, & a picnic in a park. Very exciting & educational!) A huge benefit that I had not foreseen was the opportunity for these girls to simply wash their hands with soap & water I brought in, at the beginning of each class. Their villages had NO water at all, except for what was brought in by the barrelful. ~~~~ One day I hope to go back & see what has become of "my girls".
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