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'Gizmos' -- the creative, crazy shapes of kids' imaginations

Published 2:47 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013

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  • Zach Kuran, 6, affixes eyes to his "Extreme Gizmo" creation Saturdady at the Westport Arts Center.  WESTPORT NEWS, CT 1/12/13 Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Westport News contributed
    Zach Kuran, 6, affixes eyes to his "Extreme Gizmo" creation Saturdady at the Westport Arts Center. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 1/12/13 Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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Some had wild hair. Others, large googly eyes and tin helmets.

"Gizmos" were the center of attention Saturday at the Westport Arts Center, no matter how wild and crazy.

The occasion was a kids' program, "Extreme Gizmos," led by education fellow and teaching artist Sarah Kelly at the arts center. Geared for youngsters 5 to 8 years old, the program was offered as part of WAC's monthly Super Saturdays series.

Kelly, who also teaches all the after-school children's programs at the center, said, "We use recycled materials like buttons, soda cans, pipe cleaners, blocks, paper towel tubes, egg cartons and bottle tops to make gizmo creations. These can be anything in a kid's mind, like a little robot, or a machine."

She said the program was designed to help develop imagination and problem-solving skills, and that it was especially appropriate for boys. "They like to do this because of the building aspect," she said.