Last year my son entered things in the county fair under the Cub Scout division. He won lots of ribbons and a little cash, too. It was a lot of fun. He'll enter under Cub Scouts again this year. As we were walking through the fair, we spotted the 12 and under arts and crafts exhibits. We decided that it would be cool to incorporate County Fair Arts and Crafts into our school. I saved last year's fair book and typed up select categories that are boyish enough and I think my son might enjoy doing.
I'm scratching my head on some of these categories, though. Plastics? What does it mean, plastics? Liquid painting or stenciling? Isn't all paint liquid? I don't get that one, either.
I thought I'd share what we are doing because I know there are county fairs all over the country. My son was thrilled seeing his creations up on display, and was even more thrilled when he got ribbons. (He won the grand champion for Scouts division, which was very cool.) I highly recommend entering the county fair. As my son said, "Mom, plain and simple, it's just cool!"
Maybe some of you crafters have some ideas to help us out. We have no Wal-Mart in our town. We have no craft store, either. We are 60 miles from the nearest Hobby Lobby. I hardly ever go to Hobby Lobby because I spend too much money there. (In other words, I can't just hop in my car to go get ideas.)
County Fair Arts and Crafts
Either buy a kit or find something on the internet. A rope basket would be cool.
Buy something and have DS paint it.
Wreath or swag
Probably not, not too boyish...unless we made a Harry Potter wreath. Would a Christmas wreath count or would that have to be under Holiday.
Something Harry Potter. ???
Make a bead wristband or a beadie.
Cool Recycled Site
DS will be making a train similar to that on this website. We have all the parts saved up, just need to build it.
Painting on item
Will buy a box or plaque and have him paint a scene or design.
quilling, oragami, paper airplanes...???
Liquid painting or stenciling
Craft stick item
probably a craft stick bridge. However, DS has free access to the craft sticks and builds with them all the time. His latest creation is a telephone holder. It's a major PITA because the phone falls off, but we use it anyway.
Christmas wall hanging
??? Could have fun but I'm drawing a blank
DS has been begging to learn to make a quilt. (Probably because of my civil-war era quilts from my great-grandparents that I love so much) I have purchased everything, just need to give up control over MY sewing machine and quilting supplies. Gulp. Will make a baby quilt log cabin style with the Quilt in a Day pattern.
?? Does Wal-Mart still sell Harry Potter fabric? How creative can you really get with a pillow? Will search the net.
Need to find pattern...I'm wondering if a yarn snake would qualify as a stuffed animal. It's not really stuffed, but cool. My pattern is like a pom-pom snake, as long as you want to make it...wouldn't an eight-foot long snake be cool?
Have kit, have started.
Construction – wood or metal
Hmmm, the choices are wide open.
Collection of items – small
Ha ha, snort, too many collections here. Will probably spray paint an egg carton and display rocks. Last year he displayed his state keychains in cub scouts.
Photography – framed (made to hang)
Time to hand over the camera.
Picture – number painting (made to hang)
Have purchased, need to start.
Picture – any type
Probably a picture of his dream house, which there are at least a million of around here.
I have a night table that is old and ugly. He could use it in his room. Would painting qualify rather than staining?
Sky's the limit here.