Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Giant Chicken Puppet got made in one hour classes with changing groups of usually 12 campers ages 6-12 and a teenage counselor assisting. It was a challenge to keep everyone of all ages occupied at once, and re-teach and explain the project every class. I had at least 4 different task stations they could switch between if boredom was imminent: feathering, egg painting, head papier macheing, sewing, and prop making; most needing lots of supervision and instruction, so I was running between tables like a headless chicken. I experimented with teaching one camper a task, then letting him or her be the supervisor of that table, and I was surprised how well they worked together that way. I also soon realized smocks were key.