After-School Green Adventures teaches youths fun ways to reuse items
Wadena-Deer K-3 students are enjoying an after-school class called “Green Adventures,” where they learn how to “re-use” items and turn them into something crafty.
Twenty-three students, ranging from kindergarten to third-grade, are enrolled in the class that meets once a week in the art room at WDC Elementary. The cross section of students put into different groups of four each week. That way, they meet and work with different students at each class.
This week, students created a sun fade and a marble necklace. For the sun fade, they picked out a piece of colored construction paper and found three items outdoors, such leaves, rocks, and pieces of wood. Students were instructed to take the paper and objects home and place in a sunny spot. At next week’s class, they will report on what happened.
For the marble necklace project, students used marbles that had been baked in a hot oven and then dropped in ice water. This causes the inside to crack and create an almost gemlike transformation. Each child picked out a blue or green marble and a piece of colored wire. With several twists of the wire, students put the marble inside a wire cage. Then a string was added and a beautiful repurposed necklace emerged! Many students planned to give the jewelry as a Mother’s Day gift.
In addition to art projects, students enjoy a healthy snack and a chance to go outdoors -- weather permitting -- and burn off some pent-up energy.
Students have already made home-made kaleidoscopes and bouncy balls. Students will make lava lamps and volcano slime at upcoming classes.
“I like making stuff like this and being with my friends. It’s fun,” said second-grader Macey Goeden, about the after-school class.
Students attending the class are: Andrew Brezcinski, Jack Van Bruggen, McKenna Dunbar, Macy Lund, Jaylana Reger, Amsale Loer, Ava Van Bruggen, Ariana Paplow, Austin Wendt, Bradley Moats, Libby Hartman, James Reger, Jesse Reger, Payton Breuer, Macey Goeden, Addison Block, Grant Seelhammer, Brianna Yglesias, Teshe Loer, Faith Cottrell, Brenna Leeseberg, Lane Hoefs and Haylee Dickey.
4-H Program Coordinator Virginia Hendrickx teaches the class, which is sponsored by Wadena County 4-H / University of Minnesota Extension and WDC Community Education. WDC Youth Community Ed Coordinator Dana Pavek assists with the class.