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Turkey And Crafts

Children use creativity at holiday-break camp

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
Makayla Dwight, 8, sticks to regular turkey colors during a creative session at the “Harvest Happenings” camp, hosted by the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department.

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz Makayla Dwight, 8, sticks to regular turkey colors during a creative session at the “Harvest Happenings” camp, hosted by the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department.

Blue, orange, yellow and purple markers and crayons –– and lots of imagination –– were used to decorate figures of turkeys, Monday, during an arts-and-crafts session at the “Harvest Happenings” camp at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, at 3499 Rex Road, in Rex.

Makayla Dwight, 8, said her turkey was going to be a little bit more realistic than the holiday fowl of her fellow campers. She said she was going to use colors such as red and brown.

Dwight said when she takes her arts-and-crafts assignment home, she is going to show it off to her parents. “I am going to put it up on a frame,” she said, in an excited tone.

Kendra Raines, a program supervisor for Clayton County Parks and Recreation, said it’s important for children to have an activity that relates to Thanksgiving, before the actual holiday. “It’s something that correlates with the holidays and something they can take home and show their parents,” she said.

She explained that their next arts-and-crafts activity at the camp designed to give children a place to enjoy themselves during the holiday break from school, will be to decorate a turkey cut-out that will serve as a center piece on their dining tables at home.

She said Harvest Happenings is a three-day camp that ends on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The camp runs from 7 a.m., to 6 p.m.

Tarik Maxwell, manager of the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, said children participate in a variety of activities during the day, including swimming, field trips and games.

He said the next such happening will be winter camp, from Dec. 19, to Dec. 22, and Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, also from 7 a.m., to 6 p.m., at all of Clayton County’s recreation centers.

“I think it’s a good idea to give them a variety of things,” added Raines.

For more information about the camps, call the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department at (770) 477-3766.