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Re: pied piper

Poster: "BARY E. SEARS" <besears@erols.com>

dragonfly@w-link.net wrote:
> Poster: dragonfly@w-link.net
> Some ideas for pied piper activities:
>         Mask decoration (glue pieces of cloth, feathers, trim etc. to the basic
> white half-mask) (I saw this done very successfully in Madrone--the mask
> making contest was aimed at adults, but the kids went wild with it).
>         Pouch making
>         For the older kids--shoe making (simple moc. patterns are
> easy--requires materials and kids responsible enough to wield a needle)
>         Banner making
>         All sorts of organized games
>         treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, quests, etc.
>         bread dough creatures (with an adult to fry in oil for eating)
>         clay projects
>         daisy chains
>         hat decoration (make basic robin hood style felt hats and get feathers
> to decorate or make those long conical hats for girls)
> Gotta go (more later)
> Calote
> dragonfly@w-link.net
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I have found that it is never too early to involve children in the 
culinary pursuits.  I have successfully demo'd the art of kneading
bread dough to children as young as 5 (after admonishing them to wash
their hands--adult supervision is required).  They tend to be fascinated
by tactile imputs.  If you have a site where you can safely set aside
the dough to rise and then actually cook and serve the bread you have
real potential.  The trick is to never give a child a portion of 
dough bigger than their fist to knead.  Having a few loaves of bread
finished for the children to try is great---having dough in the rising
phase is fun.  Kids tend to be fascinated by the fact that dough to 
bread is a physical thing---it doesn't necessarily come from the 
supermarket or from a bread-maker.  By-the-by, baker's apprentices were
very frequently male---they were viewed as having the necessary 
strength for the task at hand (never mind that women were kneading bread
dough routinely). 

Have fun,
Cordelia fitzRobert of York

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