The Front Porch Gallery

Photos of years of fun, education, and community building.

monster

2022

This year was spent giving out free Family Activity Kits, Good Food boxes from Focus Hope, and masks.

Jump Ropes
Beautiful and well made from Jump-Ropes that "enriches the lives of people with disabilities". Well used and loved by the kids.

jump ropes

Plants for the terrarium kits: Selaginella which was around at the time of the dinosaurs

plantsterrarium

Back to School book bags and supplies

back to school

Boxes of Fun! These are just some of the boxes and bags of kits for the families. This is the Halloween set.

all kits

Kite Kit



kite

Weaving Kit
With links to videos on how Kente cloth is woven in Africa, how they weave at the Chanel atelier, how-to video and an idea video.

weaving

Treasure boxes by Jordyn, Josiah and Michael

name box

Treasure Box Kit - recycling

name box


Turtles by Jordan, Josiah, and Michael

turtle


Turtle kit with craft, book Tally Tuttle Turns into a Turtle, links to videos about real turtles and Michigan turtlesturtle


Tempera Paint

tempera


Clay and Pinata Kit
Pinata Kit included prizes. Clay Kit included a book on dinosaurs, a skeleton dinosaur to make a fossil, how to make a cartouche and list of hieroglyphs, how to make people, glowing eye decorations, and alphabet beads.

pinata

Mask Making Kit with link to video showing masks around the world

masks

All Are Neighbors from FirstBook

neighbors

Shark Kit with National Geographic shark book and links to videos about real sharks

shark

Craft Stick Building Kit

craft sticks


Water Race Kit with links to a video about adhesion and cohesion

water race


Magic Tricks Kit and Magic Wand kit

magic


Scary Books: The Dark Thirty and Mister Shivers

scary books


Spider Hat Kit with links to videos about real spiders spider


Art Supplies

art supplies


Crown Kit

crown


Friendship Bracelet Kit

friendship


Pollinator Survival Kit from
ConnectUs

plant


Light Up LifeSavers Kit with explanation of why they light up when they crack

light up lifesaver


Play Kit includes marbles and instructions, Great Games book, sidewalk chalk, The World Belonged to Us from FirstBook, and a Rhino playground ball

play kit


Treasure Bag Kit

treasure bag


Seed Race Kit with chart to record data and link to video about growing seeds

seed sprouting race






Maraca Kit

maracas


Fast Car Kit that uses LifeSavers and it really rolls. Links to a video on simple machines.

car


Glow in the Dark Bracelet Kit and explanation why the pigment in the beads glows

color change bracelet kit


Caterpillar and Butterfly Kit with National Geographic butterfly book and video links about real butterflies

butterfly kit


Halloween Trading Treasure Hunt Kit with prizes

treasure hunt


Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster Kit. Craft Kit to make a ghost that flies up a string and a monster who opens its mouth when the paper is unfoldedteenytinyghost


Recycled Paper Beads Kit

paper beads



Bat Kit from Nature Watch with links to video about real bats and to a read aloud story about bats.

bats



crayon t-shirt

Washable crayon t-shirt
by Jeffrey

crayon t-shirt

Washable crayon t-shirts
by Je'Bria

crayon t-shirt

Washable Crayon T-Shirt Kit

crayon t-shirt


Washable crayon t-shirts by Jordyn, Josiah and Michael

crayon t-shirt


Global Water Quality Kit filtering water by Jeffrey and Mikeywater kit


Global Water Quality Kit

water kit


Tie Dye shirt by Sharkia

tie dye

Tie Dye Shirt by Keniya

tie dye

Tie Dye Shirt by Kahmed

tie dye

Tie Dye by Gabriella

tie dye

Tie Dye Kit

tie dye


Tiny House Design Kit with links to videos Iggy Peck Architect read aloud, room design and house design

tiny house kit


Ancient Egyptian Game of Senet Kit with links to how-to with history, and Egyptian history

senet


Isaac Newton's Color Disk Kit

spinner


Nine Men's Morris Game Kit (Three in a Row)# in a Row


Spooky Light Up Castle Kit

spooky castle


Puppet Kit  from ConnectUs
puppet kit connect us


Finished puppets by Jordyn, Josiah, and Michael

puppets


Paper Airplane Kit with links to understand the forces of flight

paper airplanes


PomPom Kit

pompoms


Bubble Kit with 3 levels of activities and links to videos explaining the colors and properties of bubbles

bubbles


Two levels of cookbooks

cookbooks


Fairy Tale Play pop up book, DIY characters, ans a DIY pop up card kit

fairy tale pop up





Bending Man Kit from
ConnectUs

bending man


Tempera Kit and links to techniques and color mixing videos

tempera


Family Tree kit with links for parents to do a more extensive family tree. Also the books Glory and Born on the Water.

family Tree


Friendship Bracelet Kit from ConnectUs

friendship



A Light up Gyro Wheel and explanation of circuits and potential/kinetic energy
gyro


Kazoo Kit with explanation of sound waveskazoo


Thaumatrope Spinner Kit with explanation of persistence of vision

spinner



Color Changing Bracelet Kit and links to videos explaining why it changes color

bracelet



Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly Kit. Includes book, paper bag puppet kit that can swallow, and extra animal puppet.

old lady



Bracelet Kit completed by Keniya

bracelet


Tempera Paintings by Sharika and Gabriella

paintings


Terrarium Kit with links to videos on water cycle, how-to, and how-to get more for free from your backyard.

terrarium


Oobleck Kit with how to video and explanation of non-newtonian liquids, crown to be the king.

oobleck


Mermaid Kit with book The Mermaid or Mermaid A Tale of Two Sisters

mermaid


Drawing Kit for older kids who are serious about drawing.

drawing kit


Squirrel Mixed Media Kit, with video link to real squirrel video and squirrel story This is a Taco

squirrel

embossing
Art Supplies
art bag

3D Drawing Kit with video link to how to and why 3D works

3D

Shark Kit. Fossil shark tooth necklace, Science Comics Shark book from FirstBooks, links to videos about real sharks and about identifying shark teeth fossils.

sharks


Napkin Doll Fashion Kit

napkin doll


Magnifying Glass Kit with specimens

magnifying kit


Real life size Mummy Kit with links to videos about mummies and a pop up mummy book

mummy


Learning Games and Workbooks

learning games


Locking Journal Kit and Journal Prompts

journal


Popsicle Kit with molds and recipes for many frozen treats, including healthy recipes.

popsicles


Seahorse Kit with Mister Seahorse book, seahorse craft kits and links to the read aloud and a videos about real seahorses

seahorse



Bucket Drum Kit with rudiments on paper and links to basic bucket drumming, advanced and the rudiments played.

bucket drum


Galaxy Kit celebrating the James Webb telescope. First images from the telescope, make your own galaxy, and link to Neil DeGrasse Tyson explaining the images
galaxy


Stick weaving kit from
ConnectUs

stick weaving










 







2018

A Valentine's Day bracelet made by a student at Wayne Elementary

valentine bracelet

A Valentine's Day bracelet made by a student at Wayne Elementary

valentine bracelet

Making Valentine's Day cards

valentines

Making Valentine's Day cards

Valentines


Making Valentine's Day cards

valentines


Making cards for the All About Animals Shelter to use as thank you notesall about animals


University of Missouri Alternative Spring Break students 2018

mizzou spring


Missouri students and Wayne Elementary students made watercolor scale models of the solar system.

spaceart

Spacing out the planets

space art

Measuring

space art

Measuring

spaceart

Gluing the planets

space art


Beautifully painted planets

spaceart


Saturn

saturn


Mulberry paint right from the tree

mulberry


More mulberry painting mulberry


Making a Pig Puppet for Reader's Theater

pig puppet


Making a Pig Puppet for Reader's Theater

pig puppet


Monarch caterpillar at Front Porch garden. Photo by Shamaya P.

caterpillar


Monarch caterpillar at Front Porch garden. Photo by Shamaya P.

Monarch caterpillar


Camp. Two tents. Many bikes and swim towels.

camp


Camp.

camp


Campfire for s'mores at the neighborhood play lot. The kids and teens can now set it up, serve each other and make the fire themselves. Adults supervise only.

fire


A group of kids painted, glittered, installed doors and stocked  the give a book/take a book house. The doors were ripped off within a week, replaced and ripped off again.

bookhouse


Advocacy: where kids can ask for the help they need to succeed in school.

spelling


After walking a mile to take the DDOT bus, waiting for the Tunnel bus, crossing the border to Canada, swimming for hours at Adventure Bay, the kids take a look back at Detroit and what a fisherman is catching.

canada


A group of kids repainted/glittered the border for the Front Porch garden box.

garden


More border wood for the garden.

garden



A Lego car for the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop Lego contest.

lego


Lego creations for the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop Lego contest.

lego


Lego science for Wayne Elementary with the University of Missouri students.

lego


Lego science for Wayne Elementary with the University of Missouri students. One Lego car design.

lego


A teacher, Ms. Neal, asked that the University of Missouri students work with the 5th graders on body systems. Here they play Skeletons in the Closet.

skeleton


Mother's Day art activities at Wayne Elementarymother's day


Making a gift envelope for a hand made envelope.

spelling



Mother's Day art activities at Wayne Elementary

mother's day



2017 Masks from Halloween Activities at Wayne Elementary

skeleton



A Halloween monster using watercolor blow painting at Wayne Elementary.

monster


Another Halloween monster.

monster


Mummy Wrap game at the playlot at the neighborhood Halloween party.

mother's day


Holiday book of choice, second grade.

holiday book of choice


Holiday book of choice for another class.

holiday book of choice


Front Porch Kids spent the afternoon with International students from the University of Michigan Law School and Great Communities Now cleaning up a lot in the neighborhood.

mother's day


Home made pinata for the Halloween party at the neighborhood lot.

pinata




Poutine: Traditional Canadian food the kids tried after watching the Buskerfest in Walkerville, WIndsor, Ontario. Not a fry was left on this plate.

poutine


A small group of kids went to the Robot Garage in Grosse Pointe. They built elaborate structures and experimented with the lego robots.

robot garage


More built at the robot garage.

robot garage


Snow Angel made near the porch.

snow angel


2015 T-shirt making on the Porch

t-shirt


Ice Cream making on the Porch. A peppermint creation.

ice cream making


Painting together on the sidewalk.

painting


Embroidery by a very patient teen on the Porch.

embroidery


Holiday books of choice donated by the SEVA Team.

books


Snow wall built by kids on the Porch. A lot of hard work and engineering.

snow wall


Clay rings made on the Porch with marble jewels.

rings


Puppet kit from ConnectUs. A child at Wayne Elementary wrote a story.

puppets


Making salt dough clay

clay


University of Missouri helping in Advocacy

advocacy


Making paper flowers on the Porch

paper flowers