The WOODS Manual!

The Center Leader Notebook
Wilderness Outdoor Opportunities for Durham Students

Arts and Crafts
WOODS Fall 2004
Prepared for Retreat 2004 by Julie Griffin

 See also the Activities Page of the Website!

Arts and crafts ideas for WOODS

Tree cookies -get tree slices from the School of the Environment to teach the kids about trees, then have them make their own tree cookies that represent how old they are. Make

them out of paper or possibly cookie dough arranged in rings. (Trees)

Tree costumes -brown bag as a vest, decorated with leaves, with string hanging off the bottom for roots. ( Trees and plants )

Fossils -make fossils by pressing toys or objects into a plateful of plaster of paris. Be

sure to coat the toys with Vaseline first. Quick drying works best but you have to work very fast. (Fossils, archaeology)

Acid rain demonstration -drop chalk into a cup of vinegar and watch it bubble and dissolve. (Pollution, air quality)

Paper making -takes a while, but can be done in stages

Animal masks -make masks for the kids using plaster of paris on strips of cloth. When they harden and dry the kids can decorate them. (Animals, endangered animals, mammals, reptiles, you can choose a theme within animals)

Scrap book -about WOODS, school, their own lives, etc

Drawing -can be adapted for any theme. Same with coloring -look for outlined images online or in kids' books that you can photocopy and pass out. Bigger pictures work better for small hands. (anything)

Animal mural -kids can cut out animals and color them in, you can also add landscape like trees and rivers. Start by giving each kid a letter and letting them find the animal that starts with their letter (use some picture books or have the images cut out ahead of time). (Endangered species, tropical biology, biodiversity, rainforest ecosystems)

Scrap exchange materials -can be used for anything. (Recycling)

Puppets -make them out of brown bags, paper plates, straws, socks, folder paper, etc. You can make the puppets then use them to do a skit to teach the kids something. Cut strips of paper and glue them in a chain link to form a caterpillar (caterpillar and butterfly lesson). (Animals, predator prey relationships)

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Animal crafts -

Mobiles -make a mobile out of scrap exchange stuff or cut paper. One mobile can represent an animal's life cycle, a food chain, an ecosystem, the kids' favorite animals, local habitat, planets, the water cycle, etc. (various)

Earth day activities - a papier-mache globe, earth necklaces or a rainstick. The rainstick can be made out of wrapping paper or paper towel tubes, foil, paper and beans or lentils.

Diorama -use shoe boxes and other stuff to make habitats or whatever you want to make. (ecosystems, habitats, biomes)

Plants -bean sprouts grow quickly and can be planted in small milk cartons. Try putting some of the plants in the closet after a few weeks to show the kids that without sunlight they turn yellow because photosynthesis can't happen. (plants, photosynthesis)

A website for all sorts of crafts with directions:

Environmental education links:

Animal print-outs for coloring:

Print-outs to color in or label:

Table of Contents
1. An Introduction (Abby Horn)
2. The Center Leader (Joe Picoraro)
3. Objectives (Justin McCorcle and Tes Rivera)
4. A Perspective (Maggie Schneider)
5. A List of Activities (Abby Horn) [See full pdf version]
6. Arts and Crafts Ideas (Julie Griffin)
7. Conflict Intervention Strategies (from Camp Ketcha) [See full pdf version]
8. Policy
9. Permission Slip (a .doc file)


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Last Updated: 12 September 2005