Each Saturday, we have a variety “make-your-own” activities for children. These are each small projects that a child can complete in about 5 to 15 minutes. Cost varies per activity.
Leather Key Fob/Bookmark
Using traditional leather stamping tools and a small rubber mallet, children can personalize their own key fob or leather bookmark using a variety of letter and animal stamps.
A wonderful introduction to the world of blacksmithing, children can take a small sheet of brass, and using a hammer and an anvil, craft it into a functional metal spoon. Since brass is quite malleable, it is able to be worked cold.
Even the youngest of children will enjoy getting their hands wet with this project. They will begin by taking a ball of clay and, by using their hands and following instructions, shape it into a custom bowl.
The next step up from the pinch pot, the coil pot involves rolling clay into long rope-like pieces then coiling and stacking the layers on top of each other to make a functional pot.
Visitors to the Homestead Baskets shop will get the opportunity to try traditional basket weaving using rataan reed and the same weaving techniques used by master basket weavers.