Flour Babies 2014
Here are the Freshman Career 2014 Flour Babies! Each year it is fun to see how they turn out as each student puts their own twist on their "baby."
The project not only teaches responsibility for the care of a baby, but also sewing skills. They create their own "baby" by sewing together a felt head, arms and legs. They then stuff them and hot glue them to a duct tape wrapped 5 pound bag of flour (so as to not break open). There is a dowel pushed through the bag of flour and up into the head for stability, and for my ability to see if the neck has been broken due to a fall.
Once the head and arms have been hot glued to the flour bag, they then use wiggle eyes and a pacifier to create the face. Be sure to cut off the rubber nipple first. For the hair, we wrap yarn around dowels, dampen and bake in a 250 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Viola, instant curly hair. Hot glue the ringlets on and you have an instant flour baby.
Now for the work... The students are required to carry the flour babies around for 7 days, keeping a journal of the responses they get from people they come in contact with throughout the week and how they felt. They are also required to contact me every two hours from 8:00 pm-6:00 am on the weekends and 8:00-10:00 pm on school days.
If my requirements are not met, then I assign either paragraphs be written on childhood illnesses or essays on such things a child abuse, child abandonment, etc. to give a bit of motivation to fulfill my requests for the project. Some of the teachers for their other classes like to create "playpens" for the babies during classes, so as to not have any distraction during their teaching.
This has been a great project and I strongly encourage others to join in on this great experience. Creating their own baby seems to give them a sense of pride in the fact that it is their creation. Also, they are not as annoying as the electronic babies.
Let me know how this project goes for your classes.