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  • acrobired
  • Newgookin

    • 2

    • January 15, 2014, 12:28:18 pm
    • Bundang
Hello all!
After teaching in Korea for over 6 years, I've recently moved to the Middle East (Jordan) and am working with a local charity providing educational services to refugees from Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan.

Since we've just opened up the Educational Centre, I am now responsible for teaching Arts & Crafts (Teaching English didn't fit my time schedule).

So now I'm looking for very fun projects that I can do with groups of up to 30 children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old.

As the local charity has limited funding at this time, I'm looking for anything that can be done with a low budget or with recycled items. Also, there is no technology so everything I teach must be taught hands on and with very simple instructions as many of the children don't understand English. (Of course I'll be teaching English as we go along with the art projects as well.)

Thanks for all of your suggestions. They are much appreciated!

  • tweeks12
  • Waygookin

    • 15

    • March 03, 2015, 05:52:14 pm
    • korea
What about a simple accordion book ? All you would need is some paper.


  • SavWhit
  • Newgookin

    • 2

    • May 12, 2015, 07:29:17 pm
    • Gongju, Chungchoengnam-do, South Korea
What exactly do you have easy access to? Assuming just paper and maybe some scissors, you could do various origami shapes, including the staple of every elementary playground, the fortune teller or "cootie catcher," with more complex shapes for the older students. You could also do paper cut outs--like paper dolls holding hands, or "snowflakes" and other lace designs. There's also papercrafts, if you have different colors of paper.

Various recycling projects probably depend on what you have access to, again. There's a method for cutting glass that relies upon quick temperature changes, no sharp objects, that could be fun for your older students, and you could turn empty bottles into cups or glasses. That requires rubbing alcohol and ice and string, though.

As for other recycling projects, you can make bird feeders out of empty milk jugs and cartons, and organizers for buttons or small bits and bobs out of egg cartons. If you can get string or embroidery floss, there are all sorts of woven patterns you can use for friendship bracelets and lanyards. Teaching some of the older kids new skills like knitting, crocheting, or sewing could work well, too--again, assuming you can get the supplies.

Good luck!

  • Lurch
  • Expert Waygook

    • 725

    • September 05, 2011, 08:31:17 am
    • Chungju
I like to make paper snowflakes in the winter time. All you need is paper and scissors. A quick Google search reveals to me that it actually snows in Jordan too! Once every three or four years anyway.

  • amgoalng
  • Expert Waygook

    • 719

    • August 31, 2012, 08:00:20 am
    • Gobuk, near Seosan, closer to Haemi
If you have access to paper plates, paper plate masks work really well.  I was told about this website.  DLTK has some great ideas as well.

I would also go on pininterest and see what they have there.

  • amgoalng
  • Expert Waygook

    • 719

    • August 31, 2012, 08:00:20 am
    • Gobuk, near Seosan, closer to Haemi
I was also looking for cool videos for my students and these might be cool for you to do as well.

  • stuman
  • Veteran

    • 123

    • May 13, 2011, 12:31:52 pm
    • South Korea
You could always do a science project.

Paper bridge
Egg in a cup and plastic bag parachute
Egg drop using tape and common trash
Paper airplane contest

  • jungkim
  • Waygookin

    • 21

    • April 01, 2011, 12:41:59 pm
I ditto the science projects idea.

I highly recommend Steve Spangler.  (

Color Changing Milk
Soda Can Crush
Density Layers

Have a great time.  Sounds like a great organization!

  • oli87
  • Waygookin

    • 20

    • December 02, 2013, 09:19:23 pm
    • Jinju
Making juggling balls is great because many students will actually use them after class.
You need balloons, sticky tape and something to fill them with (eg rice). You can find instructions online.  Be warned; they will break after a while.

  • BradyQ
  • Adventurer

    • 39

    • February 23, 2015, 07:53:23 pm
    • South Korea
I was an art teacher for a while as well!

I have a Pinterest board that I keep some lesson ideas on. My classes mostly taught fine art skills, but I have some crafts and stuff too.

I think fine art lessons are usually going to cheaper than crafts, because all you need is paper and the medium.

There is the link to my Pinterest board! Hope you find some good ideas!

Also, what organization are you working with?
« Last Edit: June 18, 2015, 11:40:21 am by BradyQ »

  • annataleen
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 748

    • May 02, 2014, 01:27:07 pm
    • Incheon
At one time I had a young private student that wasn't really keen on learning English.  But she was super creative and her family just wanted someone to spend time with her anyway, so we did craft projects all the time.  The problem is I couldn't spend a lot of money on them.  So I had all of this construction paper I got at Costco and I just Googled "craft projects using construction paper" and I found a ton of things!

I remember we made a scare crow and maybe an owl?  It was a few years ago so I can't remember everything.  But I just Googled it again and found a few links. (I remember using this one!)

OP, may I ask you a question?  I have been interested in going to Jordan after I am in Korea.  How did you get your position?  How long are you there for?  Please let me know!  Thanks!