Ok, arts & crafts it is. I get to make messes, fling paint and glue and be an artiste! Five days of crafts for 50 kindergarten through 3rd grade kids in $200 or less. Bwahahahahaha. Now I don't wanna do some dumb door hanger or coloring page that gets tossed the second the kid gets it home. That is, provided it's not heaved in the trash before they even leave. So it's a challenge on a teeny budget.
I've enjoyed it in the past but I have to admit I was sort of hoping I could take a break and use the 'gimp excuse' this year. Better yet I was hoping they wouldn't even ask. Well, they asked. I was, however, so stoned on painkillers when they asked me I smiled vacantly and said, 'Oh suuuuurrrre. Nooooo problem. It'll be fiiiiiiiine.' Then I promptly let the entire conversation fly right out of my head until I was handed the idea book two weeks ago.
The idea book is generally the lamest thing going, by the way. (Make strips of card stock and pass out markers. Tell the children to write a Bible verse on the paper. Look, it's a book mark! Yay!) Puhleeeeze. That would bore me right to tears. Naw, I plan things like gyotaku when we have visitors from Japan. (Paint the dead fish with a nice coat of acrylic paint. Press the fabric over the fish to make an imprint. Put as many fish on it as you want. Use as many colors as you want. Please let the eyeballs remain IN the fish's head. Please do not terrorize your neighbor with a painted fish.) NOW we're talking arts & crafts.
This year we have visitors from Papua New Guinea so I was looking for crafts that would be reflective of that culture. So I want to know...
Do you think anyone will be upset if I have the kids make penis gourds?