I can still remember the excitement of the new bracelet. It was flat because it had not been worn. The smell was one that I will never forget. I guess it was fresh leather and strong paint. Our neighborhood bracelet maker would put mountains with a sun rising and maybe an ocean with a palm tree.
Most of us, at this age, are quite fascinated with writing our name. So, I ran across this project (http://artisandesarts.blogspot.ca/2013/02/raining-letters-name-art-grade-56.html) and knew it would be a hit in middle school. The kids really enjoyed writing their names over and over again.
Then, they filled in the letters with doodling.