|"The only thing I'm hungry for is ART!"--Casey, age 10|
I loved the idea of DIY Day for the following reasons:
1. We could get rid of a bunch of junk from the basement.
2. I am not at all crafty, and the complete lack of my involvement in the actual crafts was appealing to me.
3. We could get rid of a bunch of junk from the basement.
We planned for a come-and-go 3 hours worth of crafts, which actually turned out to be the perfect amount of time. 11am-2pm stretched right through for the before lunch/after lunch crowd. We overlapped an hour with story time, which meant we needed to utilize the homework tables by the Boredom Busters, but I was still glad to do it then. We actually got a lot of kids who might not have come, because their baby siblings were in storytime!
I had originally planned for maybe 20 kids, but ended up, at the end of three hours... with 57 TOTAL. Whoa. It was even a nice day! Go outside and grill various meats!
But still, it was awesome. And it only took an hour worth of actual prep.
By the time we got to the story room (12 noon), these stations were deteriorated into an all out craft fest strewn across all tables. No one seemed to mind. But I still like the idea of starting with some kind of organization, just to get the creative juices flowing.
During all of this, I played on repeat two CDs from my favorite elementary-crowd artists at the moment: Recess Monkey. We have Field Trip and The Final Funktier. The latter will be perfect for all Summer Reading Program activities this summer, so better get it if you don't have it!
This was truly all it took. It was a self-run program, and I just had to check up and make sure everyone was having a good time.
Seriously. So let's recap: 70 minutes of prep and tear down. 180 minutes of unadulterated art. 57 satisfied children.
A stealth program that completely blew me away!