Project 1: German "cuckoo" clock
Includes a wooden clock face, pinecones, yarn, clock mechanism, acrylic paint, brushes
The history behind German Black Forest cuckoo clocks is fascinating. My grandpa had one that was both intriguing and creepy! We'll learn about them, watch a "how it's made" video, hear about growing up in Germany from my friend Martina, and create our own working clock. Each student will have a wooden clock cut out on our laser printer for painting. Then we'll add a real clock mechanism, a mock pendulum, and traditional pinecone "weights." For your tastebuds, I will also send home a black forest cupcake called a Schwarzwderkirschtorte!
Project 2: Australian Great Barrier Reef clay sculpture
Includes wood base with wires, clay, toothpicks, acrylic paints, glitter glaze, thematic snack ingredients
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a world of its own! We will explore its mysteries as we learn about the ecosystem and some of the different creatures and then create our own sculpture. I'll even send home the makings for a "sea creature snack!"
Project 3: Mongolian Yurt Model
Includes wood base, popsicle sticks, paper wall, fabric roof, straws, brass brad, acrylic paints, homemade Mongolian dumplings
***you will need to provide a low-heat glue gun with glue sticks
While I've never been to Mongolia, I have met some lovely Mongolian nomadic people visiting for the Children's Heart Project at Mayo Clinic, and I have spent some nights in a yurt in Colorado! This model yurt is a blast to build and decorate, and with its removable roof, kids can create miniature furniture and other decor after camp is finished. I will send home two Mongolian dumplings for you to pan fry and enjoy with some dipping sauce!
Project 4: Columbian Molas Panel Painting
Includes wood panel, acrylic paints, templates with transfer paper for optional tracing, homemade empanada
Columbia is a vibrant culture with colorful paintings and lively music. We will learn how artists create beautiful molas and then paint our own panel. We will hear from my Columbian friend about growing up in Columbia and learn some Spanish phrases, and you will get to pop a homemade sweet empanada in the oven for a tasty snack!
Project 5: Ghana-inspired African paper mâché masks
Includes mask base, paper mâché, glue, clay, acrylic paints, ingredients for a spider snack
We launch this project with a folktale from Ghana, imagine what it would be like to live in Ghana with my little friend, Joy, who was adopted from Ghana. Then we'll create a cool tribal mask from paper mâché and clay and paint. We'll also assemble a fun spider treat!
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