Kids in Business Day [UPDATED]Published 11:02am Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated 11:03am Monday, February 27, 2012
Four elementary-aged girls spent a good deal of their free time making knitted caps and scarfs over the past few months in preparation for the Kids in Business Day held Saturday at WestRidge Mall in Fergus Falls. About 34 businesses were represented at the event.
The purpose of the enterprise, according to Mary Matteson, Community Education director, is to expose kids to various business models ad give them the opportunity to create their own business and market their product.
“It allows them to plan, prepare and implement their ideas,” she said.
It also shows them how their academic studies apply to real-life situations, she added.
Fifth-graders Mariah Seidel and Aubrey Blanchet, and fourth-grader Vanessa Blanchet, all home-schooled, and Kellie Sullivan, also in fifth grade, learned to knit about nine months ago, established The Knitted Corner, and the four have been knitting since.
They began meeting in July, assigning a number of items to knit to each girl, Mariah said. Between the four of them, they knitted about 53 items for the sale.
It takes about a half-hour to make most caps, said Vanessa, but it depends on the size of the cap — a double layer cap can take a couple days.
Another student, Emma Uhrich, a sixth-grader at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, found her idea on a website, but wanted to take the craft up a notch, she said.
“I thought to melt the crayons on the canvas,” she said. “It looked less childish.”
Her business, eMMe Creations, involves melting crayons on a canvas to create something like splatter art, though it’s a lot less messier.
Initially, she said, the crayons were just attached at the top of the canvas, but by using a hair dryer for 10 minutes, she found the crayons melted and she could tip the canvas, allowing the melted wax top drip down in various patterns.
Two friends — Haley Westby of Pelican Rapids and Camryn Appert of Fergus Falls — took the art of duct taping to a new level with their Tapetastic Designs, creating wallets, hair pieces and head bands, as well as pencil and pen tops and flip-flop clips. Some of their creations, like the wallets, take about 45 minutes to put together.
Through trial and error, they found that scissors and exacto knives didn’t work well to cut the tape — the sticky residue from the tape adhered to the scissors blades and the tape was too thick for the exacto knife to cut through.
They turned instead to a rotary cutter, which they said worked perfectly.
Cutting straight edges with the rotary cutter took some practice, though, they agreed.
While they ordered some unique patterns of tape online, most they found at local stores.
They learned about quality control when they attempted to place a credit card in the slot of one wallet and it didn’t fit.
“All the credit cards fit,” said Haley. “If it doesn’t fit, we won’t sell it.”
Haley brought the idea of duct tape products home from summer camp, shared the idea with her friend, and the two set up shop, so to speak, with a little help from Haley’s sister.
This is the second selling opportunity they have participated in, having sold their products during Frostbite Festival. They earned about $60 from that venture and now are looking to expand their product line to some non-tape items, Haley said.