Re: Pied Piper activities
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"Madeleine Delacroix" <madeleinedelacroix@...> wrote:
> I am looking for activities for "littles" to do at meetings andClearly Ye Olde Coloring Station is cheap(who has no crayons), easy
(see previous), and expected.....
Littles will play, given direction or no..... small boys in garb will
start wars(anything will do for a sword) and can you blame them when
the big "boys" play? This summer Walgreens had swords and shields in
peroid <grin> colors 2/$5 I bought several and they are getting a
We are already playing "dress up" perhaps you have thespians?
In the same vein as the swords(and probably period), I have a trebuchet
game, the directions for making are on the web. Same sort of problems
too. ANYTHHING CAN BE LAUHCHED!
Boxes, oatmeal boxes, and cans, become castles..... semiperminent if
you have an artistic bent, or just cleaned and become blocks for the
littles to build their own... Toss in some carved knights, princesses,
and a dragon......
Drums, shaken instruments, even a thumb "piano" can keep them
Balls, big and small..... anyone play marbles? old board games(chess,
go, fox and hens) for the older ones (or even the younger, my granson,
5, is picking up chess... but he cheats)....
As I recall, wheeled toys have been found (no not Matchbox cars) some
things never change!
Minatures of ANYTHING adults are using.....
And last but not least.... dolls.... simple rag babies.....
It won't make for a quiet group but maybe a happier one,
- In Atlantia, the officer position is "Minister of Minors"...MoM.
I have helped with Children's Corner activities in my kingdom, and ran
one once (I hope to do more, but not without assistance!). Here are
some things we did:
-Made hobby horses out of wooden rods from Home Depot and socks, that
each child decorated, sewed yarn into to make a mane, and stuffed with
cotton batting. Then they named their trusty steed, and we had a race.
I also had a few store-bought hobby horses for children who wanted to
race, but didn't get a chance to come make a horse earlier in the day.
These horses were "for rent," and the child had to pay for it with a
song, a poem, a story, anything they could think of to show they
reeeally wanted the horse :P
-Made little bound books. I had pre-punched holes in paper and
construction paper. They decorated the construction paper, then I
showed them a period binding method (this is better for 6+)
-Treasure hunt! We in Atlantia do lots of treasure hunts. This is best
if different camps and merchants agree to be involved in it. There are
two types: information hunts and item hunts. I did a hunt for sheep
that "lost their way." These were little stuffed sheep (I happen to be
lucky enough to know a Scadian who collects stuffed sheep, and has
over 30 of them. I have also seen hunting for eggs...anything would do.
I also did a hunt that went with a book I read, called "Marguarite
Makes a Book." I read the book to them, which is about a little girl
who helps her papa make a medieval book (this is a GREAT scribal
introduction book, has good details). I had a 'list' of items that the
children needed to find, such as a feather for a quill pen, an egg
(ours were plastic) to make glair, and paper for the pages. This list
was in pictures, not words, so the ones that couldn't read yet could
participate too. The one who came back with all of the items first got
a prize...if I do it again, the prize will be a beginner's scribal
kit. (Can you tell I like to promote the scribal arts? *giggle*)
An 'information' hunt would be for older children, requiring them to
find certain people, and ask them a question and learn from them.
Examples of such would be "Find Sir Axel and ask him to explain the
Code of Chivalry. Then write down a brief explanation of it on your
paper." or "Seek out the crew of the pirate ship, the Dark Lady, and
inquire as to what the blazon of their ship's flag is (it's 2 rapier
swords crossed with a 'per pale' background...pretty simple). This is
great for children 10+, and teenagers can sometimes enjoy it,
especially if it's got a mixture of easy and challenging ones. You
could also put things in there like "Go to the archery field and wait
your turn to shoot off three arrows. Have the archery marshall sign
your paper and write down your score." Fun things like that that get
them to try new things...
I've also wanted to do gourd painting. Take a bunch of small gourds;
each child gets one. They need to be the weird shaped ones. Ask the
kids what their gourds look like (often they will say animals, or a
fruit, or something basic like that), then they paint the gourd to mae
it look like that thing. I have seen children do some fascinating
things with gourds. As a child myself, I painted a gourd to look like
a swan for my grandmother who loves swans. She still has it, and it
really does look like a swan.
Vivat the Dream,
Lady Julienne fille Gaspard, mka Jewel Shuping
- Note that the gingerbread recipe recommended requires NO baking. It
is primarily bread crumbs, honey, and spices. It will require some
adult supervision :-)
Also, Elisabeth said
>1. You could have them create favors to bestow upon their favoriteI assume by "scuplty" that what was actually meant was "Sculpey".
>fighter. Maybe using scuplty and ribbon.
This is a modern polymer "clay" and requires baking. There are
several other similar products, such as "Fimo", although "Fimo" needs
a bit of pre-work to soften it up before little hands can use it.
Sculpey tends to be softer.
While polymer clays are fun to use and generally easy to model with,
the objects made from it must be baked to harden them, and must be
baked in an oven that is NOT used for food. One could have, for
example, a dedicated "toaster oven" that is ONLY used for such
projects. In the context of "Page School" this baking would need to
be done by an observant adult in a well-ventilated place.
So ultimately they're not historically accurate (the focus of this
list), expensive, and probably not so great for the environment.
I also used a type of modern "clay" that looks like clay (red-brown)
that air-hardens. A quick web search (using the search parameters
"air dry" and "modeling clay") turns it up at a number of on-line art
supply sources. It does take about 24 hours to dry. Apparently some
also come in white. They are declared to be "non-toxic" but i don't
really know what they're made of.
Another useful modeling substance is papier mache/paper-mache. I've
bought packages of nearly powdered paper, which can be mixed with
water and flour paste or white glue and then modeled like clay for
small objects. However Elmer's really is NOT what it used to be (a
milk by-product) and i don't use it anymore, whereas flour paste is,
if not SCA-period, at least historical, and safe. And there's always
the paper-strip type of paper mache over forms, such as balloons. Not
SCA period, but suitable for little kids.
An excellent resource is Stefan's Florilegium. There's a whole
section on children, and several topics look as if they would be
useful to you
You can also find a few versions of period gingerbread to use with
Here you will find projects that are closer to "SCA-period".
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
- On 9/4/08, llyonet@... <llyonet@...> wrote:
>Also check for:
> You might also check under MoC, Minister of Children
> for more info or ideas of what to do with children.
MoM: Minister of Minors
Chancellor of Youth
(The above link didn't display very well in IE, but if you look
through the pages they had contact information and links that may be
helpful for more ideas).
- I keep thinking I'll volunteer for children's activities one year rather
than doing everything else, and I'd like to try this
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"Dave & Megan" <danhorn3@...> wrote:
>That is very cool...our shire doesn't have space to make something
> I keep thinking I'll volunteer for children's activities one year
> rather than doing everything else, and I'd like to try this
like that, but I bought a little wooden castle at our local Goodwill
that I am going to make templates of and make a few more, except for
the towers, it all comes apart for storage. In an informal poll I
took, it seems we have most under 5, they would find playing castle
fun (if they are anything like my 3 yr old).