December 2008


Made by the Hand of a Child



Materials: copy paper, construction paper, crayons, stapler
Directions: Ask each child to bring a copy of a favorite family recipe from home. (You could ask parents to send in a recipe for a special dish from their culture, a healthy snack food, a “kid friendly” dish, etc.) Have each child decorate his page with a black pen. Run off copies for each child, and then put them in a construction paper cover to make a recipe book.
Adaptations: You could also let each child dictate how to make the recipe her parents have sent in. Put her version at the bottom of the page.


Materials: old shoes, gallon of school glue, old paint brush, gold spray paint
Directions: Ask each child to bring in one old shoe. Pour the school glue in a disposable container, and then let them paint the glue all over their shoe. (Inside, outside, all over!) Dry for several days on wax paper. Have children paint glue all over their shoe a second time. Dry. Spray paint gold or silver.
Adaptations: Stick a sprig of holly in the shoe or add this poem:

                    Here is my little shoe.
                    I made it just for you.
                    When I’m grown and tall,
                    you can remember me small.


Materials: spring clothespin, pompoms, felt scraps, glue, magnetic tape
Directions: Let each child decorate a clothespin with pompoms to look like a caterpillar or other creature. Attach a strip of magnetic tape to the other side. Use magnets for displaying children’s work on the refrigerator.
Adaptations: Purchase magnetic business cards at an office supply store. Children can decorate these with their name, picture, love notes, etc.


Materials: burlap, felt scraps, glue
Directions: Cut burlap into 8” x 3” strips. Let children unravel ½” from all four sides. Cut flowers or other shapes from felt and glue on the burlap.
Adaptations: Children could also use plastic needles to sew yarn designs on burlap bookmarks.


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