First Thursday: Holiday Crafts

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Scotland County 4-H hosted First Thursdays: Holiday Crafts workshop for youth ages, 5-11. First Thursdays is a series of monthly workshops in which youth will explore several subjects from arts and crafts, how to prepare healthy meals and snacks to learning to be leaders in their daily lives.

This month’s theme, was “Holiday Crafts”. Youth created three crafts: a Handmade Beaded Holiday Ornament, a Popsicle Stick Ornament and a Yarn Ball Ornament. Using varying colors of beads, the 4-Hers skillfully placed them into cookie cutters to be baked into a beautiful molded ornament. Following this activity, the youth began blowing air into balloons to create a form. After the form, they wrapped “glue-water” soaked yarns around the balloons to design their yarn barn ornament. Once the yarns had completed, dried, they will pop the balloon and hang their yarn ornament as a decorative work of art.

Finally, the 4-Hers began on the sled ornament, in which they used popsicle sticks and hot glue to build. Using their craftsmanship, each 4-Her worked together sharing materials and equipment to attach each item together building upon the next to finalize their projects. Following, they made the sled unique by coloring it to their liking.

According to research completed by Penn State Extension, “art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multisensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem and creativity.”

While the 4-Hers were having fun, they engaged in teamwork, creativity, listening and sharing skills, as well as practicing social skills to communicate with others. Scotland County 4-H strives to practice our motto of “To make the best better” while incorporating our slogan, “Learn by doing” in all our programs. We want to ensure our programs provide learning possibilities for all learning styles in a safe and supportive environment. 4-Hers in attendance were Kiya Stephens, Shynise Stephens, Kevin Stephens, Devin Stephens, Caelen Bendrot, Rick Zavolion, Dajuan Butler, and Tamyra Watts. Special thanks to our youth and adult volunteers, Dante Ortin, Martez Ellerbe, Chancellor Byrd, Anya Davis, Joanna Hersey, and Precious Byrd.

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Our next First Thursday will be held January 5, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $3. Let’s kick off the new year with healthier choices-TOGETHER. In this fun workshop, we encourage parents to join their children as we learn how to prepare a family favorite dish in a healthier option, healthy snacks and get in some quick exercises to incorporate into our busy lives.

To join Scotland County 4-H, it is free for youth, ages 5-18. Contact Angela D. Galloway at adgallow@ncsu.edu or at (910) 277-2422 for more information. To register for any of our First Thursday workshops, please complete a 4-H enrollment form and submit it along with your payment two weeks prior the the date of the class.