Last week I mentioned the Passport To Imagination program at Michael's. Follow up to that post after Lucas attended last Monday.
The class seats 16 kids, and 16 kids were registered, but only about 10 showed up. The parents don't have to stay with their child(ren) either; you can sign them in and leave, and then sign them out when you pick them up.
3 other moms stayed; I stayed for a bit at the beginning, then I browsed around the store and came back near the end.
If all 16 kids had shown up and none of the moms had stayed I think it wouldn't have run as smoothly since there wouldn't have been extra hands to assist the kids when needed with their projects.
The project they made was this Perler Dolphin. After getting all the beads on the pad it had to be ironed. Since they can only use products from the store they couldn't use a regular, full-size iron. It was a small fabric type iron. Which worked fine, it did the job, but there was only one iron being used and with the smaller size of the iron it took a little longer to finish the project. While their dolphins were being ironed the kids completed their second project - a paper cut out of dolphins created to look like a 3D image. This didn't take up too much time. Thankfully not all 16 kids showed up or else I don't know how long some of the kids would've had to wait for their dolphin to be ironed. I don't think this would have been completed in the 2 hours of the class.
The at-home project that I thought they got to take home to do was actually a suggested project that you can buy the materials and do at home. It doesn't actually come with the class.
Since each week is based off a road-trip theme of going to the different museums I thought that during the class there would be a presentation or information or story about each of the museums, but there wasn't. There is a Passport to Imagination guide-type book that shows each class, the dates, the museums the projects are based off of, the projects, and activities to correspond with that day. In this guidebook there is information on each of the museums though, so even though we're not able to make it to every class we can still do the activities in the book and bookmark projects that we can do at home.
Lucas enjoyed the program and creating his dolphin. He thought it was neat how it came out after it was ironed. He has gone through the guidebook and asked me if he can go to several of the classes that he is interested in making the craft for that day.
He had a lot of fun, was excited about it, and more importantly he made a new friend. He and this other boy hit it off so well that they took it upon themselves to exchange phone numbers in hopes of getting together outside of the class.
Overall it is a fun and inexpensive activity to do during the summer and we will try to go back for a few more classes this summer.