Since I outlined a few months ago what I was planning on doing, I thought I’d post an update on how it turned out. I’m a month and a half late, but things only slowed down for a few weeks before getting crazy again. Which might be a post in and of itself, but for another time.
This was my first program, and possibly the most successful. It had the largest turnout, even if I didn’t see some of them again all Summer. The boys loved the duct tape top hats we did, and the girls went all out with the jewelry and the journals. I think they used just about all of the jewelry supplies I bought, and came up with some awesome stuff. The pictures even got the most views of the Summer on the branch Facebook page, and my costume was a huge success with the teens.
This week my attendance dropped, but I began to get a nice core group. Even though most didn’t know what Dr. who was, the had fun designing their own sonic screwdriver pens. One girl showed up in a trench coat, and the branch manager’s son even began watching the show and liked it. Anytime your love and enthusiasm for something rubs off on one of the kids/teens you know your doing something right. I have a lot of clay left over though, so I’m trying to find something to use it for, it’s a good thing I got it 50% off though! You can make your own sonic screwdriver pens by following the directions here.
The zombie felt dolls were a creative success! And it tested weather or not the Making Monster pro ga going on later in the week for the Tweens would work at the same time. Teens can be trusted with needles to do simple sewing! One of the young girls that came jaggedly cut off one foot, stuffed it, and attached it as if it was hanging off, her older sister took the strips of muslin I had for bandages and colored them with a Ed sharpie to look bloody. One of the boys cut off an arm, the branch manager’s son gave his yellow teeth because according to him “They’re dead, they don’t have white teeth!” Check out my demo.
I showed Catching Fire and served popcorn and soda. I had a great turnout, and despite some of the boys not wanting to watch it, they liked it in the end.
This was pretty simple, I just hooked up the equipment and let them play. We tried out the Kinect Adventures game and had fun trying the obstacle course.
This was our final craft. The only problem was I ran out of fabric paint. Luckily, we had a plethora of craft paint and were able to mix it with a textile medium to make it work on fabric. We had to instruct the kids to heat set it later with and iron, and I hope they were able to, otherwise they might find the paint fading and washing out. I pulled some books on space with some fabulous inspiration and let them peruse the books for inspiration. They had a lot of fun, and again got really creative. You can follow the video below to make your own galaxy inspired wearable.