Kids create art from scraps
Creativity was on display Saturday as local children brought their imaginations to life with help from The Scrap Exchange.
They worked around several long tables, laid end to end, with tubs of gently used supplies in Northgate Mall, near The Children’s Place.
With materials ranging from tubing and used compact discs to pieces of foam and used folders, kids could combine items with brightly colored fabrics and paper, stickers or tape to create something new.
“It’s been going great,” said Jasmine Cradle, an employee of The Scrap Exchange. “We’ve had quite a few kids today.”
Cradle said that children made princess wands and noisemakers similar to rattles. One child even made a miniature rollercoaster.
J.R. Terry works with the outreach events for The Scrap Exchange and she pointed out that what the children create is only limited by their imaginations.
“We’ve had a steady group of people today,” she said. “What’s interesting is how long they stay. Some of them have been here for almost an hour at a time. They love the different kinds of materials. It’s really nice because it’s saving things from going to the dump.”
Terry added that the fun factor also keeps children coming back year after year.
“It’s so much fun,” she said with a bright smile. “It’s just fun. There’s always something new. And it doesn’t cost any money.”
The free factor can be just as important for parents as fun is for children. Margot Johnson brought her daughter Carrie, 4, partly because it was a free, fun option.
“It was something free to do on a Saturday,” she explained. “I’m enjoying it. The Scrap Exchange is great with this sort of creative, open-ended event.”
Carrie was hard at work between her creation and one of several rolls of stickers. Having already completed her striped noisemaker, Carrie moved on to a spyglass.
Carrie said that she was “having fun” because she liked making her creations.
William Walkowe, 8, was doing some creating of his own with his mother Renee Walkowe.
Renee said that she found out about the event through an email and that she decided it was something that she and William would check out.
“It’s fun so far,” she said. “And it’s a chance to be creative.”
William had just finished up one of the four parts of his mobile. He had compact discs taped to one another and hanging from one side of a horizontal bar. He didn’t have much time to talk, though. He just said he was “having fun.”