rawbanana wrote:We are going to start ECC this fall and I was wondering if there are any household items to save ahead of time for projects (like oatmeal boxes, toilet tissue rolls, shoe boxes etc).... Thanks!
I know one item in ECC that was not easy for me to find. Modeling Beeswax. That was a harder to find item for us -- so we ended up substituting for that craft the first time through.
I guess the candle making beeswax could work too. I ended up ordering some "play quality" colorful modeling beeswax.
here's the stuff if you don't have a clue what it is -- but there are other retailers....
link to a site just to show a picture and description of what the item used in ECC is
the stuff is used in one of the Germany weeks, and became a fun favorite of ours to play with other times too. So it may have been a bit more pricey than I wish I could have found, but it was fun to have something unusual. maybe given when it is used it could be holiday gift? I guess you don't have to have it, but it's one item I know I like to give heads up on. It's been the only hard to find item that I remember in my years of using ECC.
Updated post with more helpful information is here:
The other thing to save up or find used/freebie: old magazines such as National geographic, or other travel/nature magazines, and magazines with people groups. You'll use those to cut for pictures in some things. I know where I used to live we had a recycling center where people could exchange magazines for free. Or people at church had stuff to clear out. look for some of those.
there will be normal school supplies -- but that's not the kind of thing you're asking about.
I'd have some jars with lids (size? I don't know -- it can vary -- many things can work)
I'd look ahead to the terrarium --- some people use a large size (think Sam's club size) empty jar that holds something like pretzels, or cheese puffs. I had a small fish tank (1.5 gallon) in the closet that I used.
dry beans. maybe an egg carton
maybe something like a 32 oz plastic tub (yogurt or whatever) something you can punch a hole in
one soda bottle - keep the lid, you never know.
I'd have some small plastic cups (disposable kind)
global art has a variety of activities -- so you'll have time in advance to be told pick one of three and get stuff or get a tweak idea. various craft stuff -- although you'll have some flexibility. One example -- I made sand art (week 3 or 4) from small jars of colored sand and sticky pull back stuff. So, I got that the weekend before. And for quilt option -- I made it out of scrap paper instead of scrap cloth.
model magic might be nice
I used felt squares for cloth when needed
look on the ideas forum for ecc for each week or so before you do a craft --
hope something helps on that. the ecc manual lists supplies needed each week, so you'll have heads up.