Working with kids is a really great and rewarding, but funny thing. When ever I am designing a project for kids, I try to make a prototype. There are visual thinkers, auditory thinkers, and spacial thinkers. With that being said, I try to make a model of the project, show how it was made, and talk about it as I demonstrate the methods I employed to make the piece.
This summer, I'll be working as an Art Instructor as I previously mentioned, at Smith College up in Amherst, Massachusetts. This is one of the projects we will be working on. As always, this project was a joy to create, but for kids whose motor skills are not quite developed, there can be a lot of frustration involved.
There are many steps involved in the process, but nothing too complicated. The most difficulty should arise out of kids hands just not quite doing what they want them to, and generating ideas. Kids often have trouble grasping that their frustrations are a matter of their motor skills being underdeveloped, and take their difficulties as a failure on their part, and tears can sometimes be a issue. But, worry not kids, these sort of things will be a breeze as you mature into your grown up hands, hearts, and minds. Engage and persist.