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The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer its popular Kids Craft Morning weekend workshops with a new twist in December. Kids can make holiday- and winter-themed projects suitable as decorations and gifts — a first for the program.
The seasonal projects will include making God’s eyes of festive, holiday-colored yarns, ornamented with pompoms. Kids can make beaded key chains in a variety of designs including a winter snowflake. They can choose beads of Christmas red and green, or winter white and blue, or any combination. To usher in winter’s arrival, participants can build small-scale models of Arctic inuksuit, sculptural stone monuments and landmarks erected by Inuit people of the Far North. Kids will use craft stones, to be glued together and mounted on a wood base.
All three of the special projects will be available at each workshop.
December workshop dates and times are as follows:
— December 3, 11 a.m.-noon
— December 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
— December 10, 11 a.m.-noon
— December 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
— December 17, 11 a.m.-noon
— December 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
The museum offers coloring projects and other simple craft activities on request at the workshops.
Offered year-round, the museum’s Kids Craft workshops are designed to introduce children to Native cultures of the U.S. and Canada, which are the focus of the Mitchell Museum’s collections and exhibits.
Mitchell staffers and volunteers lead the informal, one-hour sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials.
Workshop participants have the opportunity to view authentic examples of Native crafts from the Mitchell’s collection and illustrations of Native designs as models for their projects.
Kids Craft Morning activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement.
Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.
Admission to Kids Craft Morning workshops is included with museum admission, which is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students, teachers (with valid school ID), and children. Admission is free for Mitchell members and tribal members.
The independent, nonprofit Mitchell Museum is at 3001 Central St., Evanston. For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.