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Stage shows for children

A STAGE SHOW.
A stage show is fun for those who act out the story as well as for those who watch the show. After a practice or two, the show will be ready to put on.
The Story:
You can make up the story yourself. Or act out a favorite story, a comic strip, or a show you have seen on television. You can even act out one of your story records.
The Actors:
Anyone can play a part in a show. Try to speak clearly so that the audience can hear. Be sure to know the story so that you and the other actors know what to do next.
The Stage:
Your stage can be a porch, a basement a corner or end of a room, or part of a back yard. The actors might use a door to come on and off the stage.
The Scenery:
The scenery for a play need not look real. Use just enough scenery to let the audience know where the story is taking place.
Paint your scenery on pieces of wrapping paper and stretch them across the back of the stage. You can also use on-stage scenery such as tables and chairs.
The Costumes:
You don’t have to have fancy costumes to put on a show. The right kind of hat or cape, or simply a cane or a handbag, is usually all you need to get your audience to imagine the rest of the costume.
Sound effects:
Sound effects make a show seem more exciting. Ask someone to be the “sound man” during the show. Here are some sound effects for him to make: Roll stones in a cigar box to sound like rain, beat a drum to sound like thunder, squeeze a box of cornstarch to sound like someone walking in snow, crumple paper to sound like a fire burning, and pat hands on a table to sound like horses running.

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Outdoor Hobby Fair kids

Shows and costumes.
Be a clown, or a pirate, or a gypsy, and then put on a show. Let’s make believe! The shows and costumes on the next pages will give you some good ideas for dressing up and acting.

Outdoor Hobby Fair.
A hobby fair will give you and your friends an opportunity to show off your hobbies. It may also help you to learn new ones. You can have the fair in your back yard—or in any empty lot.

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Modeling clay craft

Modeling clay craft

Modeling clay craft
A toothpick will also hold the head to the body of a clay monkey. Bond pipe cleaners for the legs and the tail. The ears are made of cardboard or felt.

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How to make modeling clay

How to make modeling clay

A toothpick will hold the head to the body of a clay elephant. The trunk is made out of an empty tooth-paste tube or a pipe cleaner. Add ears made of cardboard or felt, and tusks and tail made of pipe cleaners or paper. Set the elephant’s body on legs made of spools.

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Modeling the figure in clay

Modeling the figure in clay

Modeling the figure in clay
For a long-necked giraffe, you will also need a clay head and a clay body. The neck can be a pencil. Pipe cleaners will do for the legs and tail. And pipe cleaner bits, paper, or toothpicks can be used for the horns.

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Homemade modeling clay

Homemade modeling clay

A CLAY ZOO
You can stick all sorts of odds and ends in clay to make funny animals.
You can add animal parts made of pipe cleaners, yarn, toothpicks, empty tooth-paste tubes, empty lipstick tubes, empty spools, cardboard, felt, or almost anything.
You can make a clay lion with two balls of clay one for the body and one for the head. Make the neck out of a tooth-paste cap. Bits of pipe cleaner or yarn can be used for the tail and the lion’s mane. Toothpicks or spools make good legs.

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Clay pottery bowl

Clay pottery bowl

Painting the clay bowl
Now you are ready to paint the bowl.
Mix tempera with about a spoonful of liquid detergent. Clay is oily, and the detergent helps the paint to stick to the bowl. If the paint does not stick well, add more detergent.
When the paint is dry, cover the bowl with shellac to protect the paint.

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Make a clay bowl

Make a clay bowl

A CLAY BOWL
Materials
hardening clay
tempera paint
liquid detergent
shellac
an old sheet or a piece of cloth
Lay cloth on table or floor.
Put a large lump of clay on it. Squeeze and mash the clay to get rid of air holes and soft spots, and roll it into a ball.
Punch a hole in the center of the ball.
Use your fingers to make the hole larger and larger until the clay is shaped like a bowl.

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Make clay people

Make clay people

Make craft clay people
Squeeze and mash the elay before you roll it into halls and sausage-shaped pieces so that you get rid of any air holes and soft spots.
Stick the balls and sausage-shaped pieces together to make a body. Smooth the clay where the pieces join.
Use the pointed stick and bits of clay to shape the parts of the face and to mark the lines for clothes.
The clay person can be standing, sitting, lying down, or crawling. You may have to lean him against another piece of clay or a stick if he is standing.

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How To Make clay people

How To Make clay people

How To Make clay people.
Materials
modeling clay
a pointed stick or a pencil
Clay people of different sizes are made of pieces of clay that are shaped into halls and rolls.
The bodies of grown-up people are longer and thinner than those of babies and small children, and the shoulders of grownups are wider. Grownups also have longer arms and legs.
The pictures on this page show how manv halls and sausage-shaped pieces of clay are needed for the different kinds of bodies.

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