Saturday, May 25, 2013

School project on a budget


One kidlet has to create 4, yes FOUR, 3 D visuals of 4 different type of period housing for his social studies class. Older 2 kids didn't have this new project, which can easily translate into dropping $100 if not more at a shop like Michel's for craft supplies.

Instead, we brainstormed how to do this, deciding on a box with each side depicting the period structure needed. We then decided what components needed to be on each side, then brainstormed how to create these.

Next step: check for on hand craft supplies, then create a list of needs to complete this project. Paint, sponge paint brushes, popsicle sticks, baking clay, green moss "grass", etc were purchased at WM-not my favorite store, but we had to go there anyway to pick up generic antihistamine for DD. I estimate that we spent about $30 for this project.

1 comment:

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I think $30 is mighty expensive for a school project. I'm sure there would be many in this area who couldn't afford that much. We thought running out for one or two sheets of poster paper was annoying when DGD was in school---it's about a 15 minute ride to the nearest craft store.

I do recall using modeling clay to make some kind of diorama--I think it was a model of an Indian pubelo. Good thing her Grandpa has a way with art--both DD and DGD have the knack as well. We helped to an extent---we helped cover some small boxes with a layer of modeling clay to be the basis for the buildings--she had to make the rest herself, including steps to the top, cactus, and other details. At least clay is cheap, and shoe boxes are something I have always saved anyhow!