The Girls Friendly Society in Ireland
Craft Syllabus 2011-2012
- Promote the value of creative activities
- Promote environmental awareness by using non-toxic waste materials
- Increase members self esteem, confidence, creative and intellectual ability
- Assist members in developing their creative skills
- Organise programmes for children and young people
- Provide art and craft training and advice on creative skills
Guidelines when working with children:
Come to the craft area prepared. Look over the instructions and materials needed and plan ahead. A child will quickly grow restless if you don’t.
Crafting doesn’t have to be expensive. Recycle! Your creativity can add new life to old objects. Costume jewellery, lace, fabric scraps, buttons, and toilet tissue rolls are recycled staples for the young crafter.
Allow ample space for each child and materials.
Always provide close supervision, especially when sharp objects, such as scissors or messy paints are present.
Don’t rush. Plan ample time for preparation, activity, and clean up.
Keep wet wipes on hand for picking up spills and clean up after.
Q-tips come in handy as paintbrushes and glue applicators.
Glue sticks are safe, clean and easy to handle by small fingers.
Never squelch their creativity. Let the child be creative without interfering. This will allow fun together while still allowing creativity to flourish.
When working with children, flexibility is the key! Don’t suppress their creativity when they want to try something other than the original directions given for a project. And, above all, don’t tell them that they did it wrong. Praise and encourage.
Don’t take over your children’s work and do it for them. There is nothing that can deflate their confidence and creativity faster!
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE THE WORK OF THE CHILD.
Most importantly, PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE and keep it FUN!
All Ireland Handcraft Syllabus 2011-2012
Junior Candidates (3-5 years):
Draw a butterfly and decorate, any medium. A template may be used. No larger than A4 size.
Candidates (5-7 years):
Make a bug using pipe cleaners and any other medium. No larger than A4 size.
Junior Members (7-9 years):
Using a recycled container, make a pencil pot and decorate as desired using any medium.
Junior Members (9-11 years):
Decorate a hair band, any medium.
Members (11-13 years):
Tie die and decorate a bandana suitable for wearing.
Members (13-15 years)
Make and decorate a trinket/jewellery box and decorate as desired. No larger than 15cm square.
Senior Members (15-18 years):
Make a story board using a pizza box and give it your own title.
Senior Members (18-21 years):
Make an item of jewellery, any medium.
Make a cushion cover for a 16” infill, any medium.