New Talent Location map
After 35 years in Ashland I moved to Talent in December 2014. I am still holding summer camps, but because my new home is smaller, and the garage is not remodeled to use as a classroom space yet, I am more limited. The summer camps will have the same basic core theme all summer long, with a choice of at least one additional project every week. There will not be an option to enroll in doll camps yet in 2016. I'm hoping to have a space for doll camp by 2017.
Core Activities of 2016 Summer Camps
Lego building with vast variety of inspiring Lego pieces.
Playmobil miniature world to make up stories with.
Sculpey polymer clay to make beads, miniature doll foods, small sculptures.
Dollhouse for 11” dolls to play with.
To make creative building easier with the many kinds of Lego pieces, they are all organized by type of piece. No more need to dig through a bin of Legos just so your kid can find a piece. I have been teaching Legos at the Ashland Library for years, and have collected pieces into large boxes with these themes: cars and strange vehicles, space, houses, castles, animals, and technics. There are many instruction books to use, if they want to learn a few tricks. I find that some kids like to work with Lego instructions, and others prefer to invent on their own. Either style is welcome and encouraged.
I prefer that kids in Lego camp are at least 5 years old (depending on skill level). I have had advanced builders stay engaged and challenged up to whatever age they remain interested in Legos. I’ve had great builders as old as 14, and encourage girls to build too.
If you sign up for several days, they will of course stretch their skills. They will use the many unique pieces, which I’ve collected at yard sales over the last 20 years.
Since they don’t get to take their creations home, I take digital photos for you to show others what your kids made.
I only have room for about 6 kids at my new, smaller playhouse, so round up a few kids who love to play and build together. Then reserve the days of your choice. I need to know by Sunday noon at the latest which days you want to come that week.
Drop ins are always welcome, if there is room that day. Please call by 9:00am that morning to check whether there is room to come that day.
This is a larger size dollhouse for an 11” doll about the size of Barbies. I don’t have any Barbies, and maintain a Barbie-free zone. The dolls I have are called “only hearts club”. They have natural body proportions and are totally flexible. The house has many furnished rooms, and a campground too. The dolls have a large wardrobe to dress them in.
The dollhouse is set up inside my air-conditioned house.
The back deck has a covered canopy on a cement 10x10 surface. The houses, mountains, castle, cars, and animals that lead to making up elaborate stories as kid play and re-arrange the scenes. It is perfect for kids as young as 4 to do open-ended play with. The back deck unfortunately does not have AC, though the house does if cooling off is needed.
I have put together a very complete collection of miniature Playmobil toys. If you are not familiar with this german toy system, you can find more information here.
The Playmobil world will be set up on the back deck all summer long. The theme of what’s set up will change throughout the summer, and kids can request themes too, since there is more than can fit on the 10x10 deck at the same time.
Because I have an internet business making miniature doll food, the clay table for the Sculpey clay is available all summer long in its own workshop room. This polymer clay can be made hard by baking at 275 degrees in an oven which I use. Some kids want to make doll food, but other small things like beads or sculptures can also be created. We work small with the sculpey clay, because it is quite expensive, compared to the plastilina (non-hardening) clay that I use for making diorama scenes.
Other Weekly Projects
· Needle felting
· Fairy Houses
· Bead weaving
· Hand sewing
· Embroidery stitches
· Weaving on a floor loom
· Backstrap weaving
· Making large clay scenes & dioramas out of plastilina