Camps at The Little Bits Workshop are a collage of creativity, ingenuity, learning, upcycled projects, outdoor explorations and fun with friends. The underlying theme of each camp is to learn the necessary skills to create useful beauty and to be good stewards of the natural beauty all around us. 

   We are a bunch of nurturing, creative moms & “mums” who love teaching kids to use their hands, not just their thumbs!! Our goal is to develop independent and confident MAKERS who have skills for life so they don't bring their pants home from college to be hemmed!!! We believe they should be able to DO IT THEMSELVES!

CAMPS

 

We are looking for donations of large, smooth beach stones for two of our camps this summer. Email Liita at:

liita@thelittlebitsworkshop.com

If you have some to spare, we’re happy to come pick them up!

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Teaching Young Makers Classic Crafts

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TO REGISTER

for MakerNature Camps

in Thatcher Woods


 

The Little Bits Workshop is partnering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Trailside Museum to offer the ultimate day camps for children 6 - 13. Children entering 1st - 3rd grade will be separate from children entering 4th - 7th grade and projects will be differentiated by age group.

June 12-16, 9am – noon - The Whimsical Garden

A collaboration between the Little Bits Workshop and Trailside Museum. Kids will make Gnome and Fairy furniture, outdoor batik yard banners and other ornaments for the home garden. With Trailside naturalists, campers will enjoy an outdoor adventure in nature’s garden in the forest preserve. They’ll plant a garden for butterflies, explore wild plants and the many creatures that live with them.  $250


June 19-23  9am – 3pm
Celebrating Native American Cultures

Come celebrate Native American culture by learning the history of Thatcher Woods through stories, crafts and the traditions of regional tribes. First through third grade campers will create a drum and traditional Indian games. Fourth through seventh grade campers will make beaded moccasins and traditional patterns and symbolism. All campers will learn the role of these items in a contemporary inter-tribal pow-wow. Campers will also hike along historic trails and learn to make fire, shoot bows and arrows, and paddle a canoe.   $325


June 26 - 30, 9am – noon - Young Nature Artists

Come explore with us to find the creatures and plants that live in the woods. What hidden treasures will you discover? With Nature as our inspiration, campers will learn to draw and paint native birds, mammals, insects and flowers using watercolor, acrylic and collage in both realistic and abstract styles. Campers will exhibit their artwork during the month of July in the Trailside Museum. Invite friends and family to the show! $250

   

Summer Camp, Art Camp, Craft Camp, Summer Art Camp, Near Oak Park, Near Chicago, Near River Forest, Near Riverside, Near Brookfield, Summer Enrichment, Maker Space, Maker Camp

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The Little Bits Workshop, 411 Park Ave, River Forest


FULL June 12 - 16, 9am-noon

Quilt Camp - ages 8+ FULL, but check out SEW SILLY 7/5-7
Each Camper will create their very own quilt, start to finish. Hand and machine sewing are necessary skills for every quilter. Math, precision and engineering also make a successful quilt. Campers will be so proud of this accomplishment by week’s end. Materials included. $250 (younger siblings check out Princess & the Pea Camp below!! Sibling discounts apply when registering for both.)


June 12 - 16, 9am-noon

2 spots left Princess & the Pea Camp - ages 6+

(This camp will be held in the Thatcher Woods Pavilion)
Young beginner sewers itching to stitch up something adorable will LOVE this project: sew a princess doll, make a felted pea, build a bed and sew 20 feather mattresses!!!! By week’s end young seamstresses will master the skill of threading their needles, knotting their thread, sewing running & whip stitches and will take home an irresistible project that they will be “SEW” proud of! (Sibling discounts apply if registering older siblings for Quilt Camp). $250


NEW!! JUNE 19-23, 9am-noon
Cottage Camp 7+

We just decided to open one more week of Cottage Camp because both August Cottage camps filled and the waiting keeps growing! Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269


June 26 - 30, 9am-2pm

Camp Runway 10+
Kids will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, instructors will schedule a shopping trip to purchase fabric, notions, thread, etc. $325



FULL July 3, 5-7, 9am - 11:30am

FULL July 10-14, 9am - 11:30am

The Good Guerilla Artist OPEF BASE CAMP

At Washington Irving School in Oak Park
This is like a mini public art project. Campers will create small works of art for the community that they will place all around the Arts District, sure to surprise passers by...shhhh...we will be very sneaky....keep your eyes peeled for our treasures and take one if you like. Campers will make one to keep and many to give away. Each week will be a different set of art projects.
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July 5-7, 9am-2pm

2 spots left Sew Silly 8+

Three full days of sewing the most silly projects ever!! A smiling Tea Cup Pillow, an adorable pineapple back pack, and some useful projects with a silly twist. $210



July 10-14, 9am-noon

The Good Guerilla Artist-come paint a mural with us! 9+

Middle & High school kids welcome!!
Kids will learn local history while we continue painting our wall of fame along Central Ave near the Workshop in River Forest. We’ll expand our historical mural to include paintings of special landmarks with fascinating stories. $250


July 17-21, 9am-noon

Extreme Knit & Crochet Camp 8+
Knit and crochet deep sea creatures, from octopi to angler fish! No experience necessary. Campers will go home at the end of the week with adorable projects and their very own yarn stash. $250


FULL July 17-21, 1-4pm

Jr. Camp Runway 8+
For the beginner fashionista! Campers will learn the basics of hand sewing, how to run a sewing machine and how to cut out a simple pattern. What is seam allowance? How to sew a straight line? How to thread a machine? Campers will create a simple sundress, skirt and small accessories to be shown off on the last day when friends and parents are invited to attend a FASHION SHOW! $250


July 24-28, 9am-noon

Wild Fiber Week 7+

From needle felting adorable wild animals, to a woven woodland wallhanging, to hand-dying cloth with wild flowers, this camp will explore the wonders of fiber art! The hand-dyed fabric will become a gorgeous beach bag.... A little sewing, a little felting and a ton of fun.  $250


3 spots left July 31 - August 4, 9am-2pm

Camp Runway 10+
Kids will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, instructors will schedule a shopping trip to purchase fabric, notions, thread, etc. $325


August 7-11, 9am-2pm

Camp Runway 10+
Kids will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, instructors will schedule a shopping trip to purchase fabric, notions, thread, etc. $325


FULL August 14-18,
9am-noon
Cottage Camp 7+

Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269


FULL August 14-18, 1-4pm Cottage Camp 7+

Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269