What you need: Light blue or white pipe cleaners Scissors Glass jar Pencil Boiling water Borax What to do: Twist pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. We made a very simple shape, but encourage older children to create a more complicated design. Wrap a pencil perpendicular to one of the extending pipe cleaners. Trim all pipe… Continue reading.
Youth Programs and Activities
Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Electric Consumer and our statewide association, offer several programs benefitting the youth of our state.
Electric Consumer also features special activities each month in our magazine geared toward our younger readers through our PowerKids page. Check out some of the projects here.
Electric Consumer challenged its young readers to create a mascot that focuses on electrical safety or energy conservation. Our four winning mascots are listed below: Mailee Pearl Sewell, Bringhurst, Indiana: “You can splash and play but don’t get hurt by electricity any day! Hi! My name is Ellie, the electric eel. I think I could… Continue reading.
Calling all kids between the ages of 5 and 14: Draw or create your own 3D model of a fun mascot that focuses on electrical safety or energy conservation. You could win one of five Louie the Lightning Bug stuffed toys! To enter, post a photo of your mascot to Instagram, tag us in your… Continue reading.
What you need: Printout of subject with interesting silhouette Xacto knife or scissors Watercolor paper Pencil Masking tape Cardboard Brush Watercolor paints Water What to do: Cut out your printed object, including as much detail as possible. Position your cut-out on the watercolor paper and trace with pencil. Try to keep your pencil line light. Tape your… Continue reading.
‘All my life’s a circle …,” the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin used to leave his audiences singing. “The season’s spinnin’ round again, the years keep rollin’ by …” As the calendar pages of 2017 begin turning, the names of student winners in the recently completed cooperative student art contest or the schools from where they… Continue reading.
From the time the Schuler kids were barely up off the floor, the rural North Manchester siblings were encouraged to create art. First came Eli, now a high school senior. Then came triplets Attie, Ellie and Hallie, sophomores. Then came Will, an eighth grader. And finally, there’s Lily, a first grader. While all are creative… Continue reading.
Celebrate Earth Day by creating a seedling pot using a recycled toilet paper tube. Plant the pot as is. The tube, wrapping and string will eventually compost and will protect the roots in the meantime! What you need: One recycled cardboard tube (at least 3 inches in height) One square piece of brown packing paper… Continue reading.
What you need: One pair of scissors One cardboard box or lid Wrapping paper or construction paper (optional) Large craft sticks Low-temperature hot glue gun with glue sticks Utility knife Marbles What to do: If using a cardboard box with flaps, cut off flaps. Cover inside of box with wrapping paper or construction paper to make box colorful… Continue reading.
Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami paper, available at craft stores, is key to creating a nimble, high-jumping paper frog. Though you’ll want to watch a tutorial below to guide you through the process, you can also review the following instructions to help you create your leap frog. Fold the paper in half… Continue reading.
Congratulations to the winners of Electric Consumer’s Martin Luther King Jr. writing contest. After receiving more than 70 entries, Electric Consumer staff members selected the following submissions for the $10 Target gift cards. Thank you for entering the contest. Lillian Eldridge, 6th grade Greensburg, Indiana “I have a dream. My dream is to follow… Continue reading.
Even as a college sophomore with little experience being interviewed, Michelle Study-Campbell said she knew this one was not going well. Before a panel of politicos, she was applying for a statehouse internship for the 1996 legislative session. “As I was interviewing, I could see it was kind of flat. I wasn’t getting a lot… Continue reading.
Electric Consumer encourages students from first to 12th grade to submit a personal essay, poem, short story or creative writing piece that answers the question “What is your dream?” for its writing contest. Please submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Jan. 22 for consideration. The top five winning submissions will be published on… Continue reading.