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Has anyone got any ideas how to get boys interested in painting, junk mobelling, glueing and sticking. All the boys want to do is empty the toys from the boxes and run around. This term has a large number of boys and we need to get them to having a go at the crafty things. Dose anyone know of a book that is full of ideas for us to try.

Sue

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Could you get the boys interested in making something they are interested in ie Thomas the tank engine, Spiderman, Igglepiggle, Dinosaur cave for dinosaurs or something similar???

 

I know you've probably thought of that.

Sensory play first such as shaving foam, gloop, slopdosh, bubbles, paint and bubbles????

Is there a little book of craft activities?

Vicky

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Found over the years that to inspire boys in craft, you need to come from slightly different angles - painting needs to be a bit dynamic, so we use big boxes outside and big paint brushes, so that they are role playing painters and decoraters, or painting fences with water etc., gradually you may get some interested in the finer points of painting inside! Quite often they like to paint superheroes. Modelling, needs perhaps to feed into their interests, but this tends to need to be end product stuff rather than experimenting with the way things stick together. They may like to make binoculars to go on safari with, or a camera, one set of boys liked making handcuffs, which were very simply cut down kitchen rolls and string. They like to make shields from card and use kitchen rolls as swords, we have made power ranger masks, just photocopied power ranger masks which they coloured in and stuck to card we have made Ben 10 Omnitrix watches, again we photocopied the Ominitrix watch and they coloured it in and stuck it to cut down kitchen roll. We have made dinosaurs from boxes - small and large, robots, we have made dinosaur models from tin foil, they scrunch tin foil into shape with some adult help and then stick coloured tissue paper to it. I don't know if there is a book you can buy, it's just tuning into what boys are playing and how you can inspire them into making props they want to use in their play. We have large diameter tubes they can put cars down, they see how many cars they can get down the tube, then lift it up and they all fall on the ground - that's a favourite at the present time! We tape paper to the floor and they draw train tracks on the paper and then use it with the trains, we tape paper to the under side of tables and they lay on their backs mark making. We tape paper to the garden fence and they throw T bags loaded with paint at the paper! Just base everything around action and you will have fun.

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Went to a festival in the summer (Camp Bestival) where the children make a giant castle out of boxes taped together and painted. Literally large enough to stand inside and use for play. They might enjoy that.

 

I would also reinforce your golden rules - just because they fancy emptying out toys and running around, doesn't mean you have to let them :o

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Thanks for those useful ideas there Panders. I'd never thought of taping paper to the underside of tables. This will be ideal for some of our children who seem to spend most of their time squeezing into small spaces and hiding, This will give them sometihng constructive to do in there.

 

CCT

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Great advice already!

 

Do you have a copy of - 'Confident, capable and creative:supporting boy's achievements'..........DCSF publication

available from Teachernet

 

Sunnyday

 

P.S. just noticed that was your first post - so hi and welcome too!

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We found that attaching pictures to the top of pens/pencils and paint brushes encouraged the boys to pick them up and use them. We have super heroes, dancers, cowboys, dinosaurs etc.

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Found over the years that to inspire boys in craft, you need to come from slightly different angles - painting needs to be a bit dynamic, so we use big boxes outside and big paint brushes, so that they are role playing painters and decoraters, or painting fences with water etc., gradually you may get some interested in the finer points of painting inside! Quite often they like to paint superheroes. Modelling, needs perhaps to feed into their interests, but this tends to need to be end product stuff rather than experimenting with the way things stick together. They may like to make binoculars to go on safari with, or a camera, one set of boys liked making handcuffs, which were very simply cut down kitchen rolls and string. They like to make shields from card and use kitchen rolls as swords, we have made power ranger masks, just photocopied power ranger masks which they coloured in and stuck to card we have made Ben 10 Omnitrix watches, again we photocopied the Ominitrix watch and they coloured it in and stuck it to cut down kitchen roll. We have made dinosaurs from boxes - small and large, robots, we have made dinosaur models from tin foil, they scrunch tin foil into shape with some adult help and then stick coloured tissue paper to it. I don't know if there is a book you can buy, it's just tuning into what boys are playing and how you can inspire them into making props they want to use in their play. We have large diameter tubes they can put cars down, they see how many cars they can get down the tube, then lift it up and they all fall on the ground - that's a favourite at the present time! We tape paper to the floor and they draw train tracks on the paper and then use it with the trains, we tape paper to the under side of tables and they lay on their backs mark making. We tape paper to the garden fence and they throw T bags loaded with paint at the paper! Just base everything around action and you will have fun.

 

Thanks very much for your reply there are some very good ideas. We have tried the nomal junk modelling they seem to put the glue on one box then decide to walk away. Will let you know how we get on.

 

Sue Adams

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Great advice already!

 

Do you have a copy of - 'Confident, capable and creative:supporting boy's achievements'..........DCSF publication

available from Teachernet

 

Sunnyday

 

P.S. just noticed that was your first post - so hi and welcome too!

 

 

Thanks very much just used the link to order the book.

Sue

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