Need some great projects your club can do during your last few meetings before the semester ends? Here’s a handy list of all of the “super service hour” project ideas we’ve shared throughout the year.
Fit for a super hero
Transform an awesome kid into a superhero—with an easy-to-make cape! With possible designs ranging from Batman to Powerpuff Girls, use your imagination to craft handmade capes to donate to a children’s hospital.
What you will need:
- Fleece for cape
- Cape template
- Velcro pieces
- Fabric or hot glue
- Extra fleece or felt for decorations
1. The size of the fleece cape will depend on the height of the child. For example, 20”x28” would be big enough for a child who’s about 4 years old.
2. Fold your piece of fleece in half and place the template at the top of the folded side. Cut along the template. This will create the neck of your cape.
3. Leave the bottom of the cape straight or add some fun, squiggly cuts.
4. Use the velcro pieces to close the cape. Place one piece on the top side of the cape’s neck (as demonstrated on the template) and place the other side of the velcro on the bottom of the neck’s opposite side. When a child puts on the cape, the two velcro pieces should stack and connect the pieces.
5. Now it’s time to decorate the cape! Be creative. Try cutting fun shapes out of your extra fleece or felt and attaching them to the visible side of your cape.
6. Take your capes to a childrens’ hospital or any other organization that works with children.
Friendship bracelet kits for children’s hospitals
For this project, you will need:
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Six strands of floss or string in different colors
- Hole punch
- Large Ziploc bag
- Beads (optional)
- Friendship Bracelet Kit Instruction Insert (download online and print)
1. Cut the friendship bracelet instruction sheets in half. Add colorful construction paper to the front and back of the instruction sheets to form a booklet.
2. Punch holes along one side of the booklet. Loop the yarn through the holes to tie the pages together.
3. Decorate the cover of the booklet. (Remember to add a fun title and pictures!)
4. Fill the Ziploc bag with strings or floss (in at least three colors) and some beads (optional). Include one of the paper rulers from the instruction sheet.
5. Insert your booklet into the bag. If your booklet doesn’t fit inside the bag, staple your kit to the outside of the bag instead.
Dog toys for a local animal shelter
For this project, you will need:
- Two T-shirts
- Pair of scissors
1. Start by cutting 2 or 3-inch-wide vertical slits at the bottom hem of your T-shirts. After you’ve cut slits along the entire hem, just rip along the slit all the way to the neckline of the T-shirt.
2. Gather your T-shirt strips and tie them all in a knot at one end. Divide your strips into thirds and braid them together.
3. Once you’ve braided down to the other end, tie the strips in a knot and cut any straggling pieces.
4. Donate your dog toys to an animal shelter.
Super service bonus: While you’re there, talk with a shelter representative about additional ways you club can help out.
Non-slip socks for children
Hospital floors can be very slippery—which can lead to injuries when children who are stuck in the hospital want to play. Make playtime safer by simply decorating the bottom of children’s socks with puffy paint.
- White children’s socks
- Puffy paint in a variety of colors
1. Place the sock with the bottom of the foot facing up. (Only paint the part of the sock that kids will stand on.)
2. Start decorating! Have fun drawing fun images or writing inspirational messages. Remember: Use small amounts of puffy paint at a time to keep it from bleeding through to the other side.
3. Let the socks air dry after members are finished decorating them.
4. Once they’re dry, donate them to a children’s hospital.
When children stay in the hospital, they typically get a boring white pillowcase. Add some fun to their stay by decorating and donating more colorful ones.
- White pillowcases
- Permanent or craft markers in multiple colors
- Cardboard pieces (slightly smaller than the pillowcase)
1. Place the cardboard inside of the pillowcase to prevent the color from bleeding through. 2. Get creative and draw! Think about things that would make a child happy: a sunny landscape, flowers, animals, clouds, anything you can dream of!
3. Donate the pillowcases to a nearby hospital.