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2018 Funshops

Setting up a Raspberry Pi

Salmon and Paul will show you how they set up their Raspberry Pi to connect to an LED and turn it off and on with a web page. Raspberry Pi s are small inexpensive computers great for projects and just having fun. Learning coding, playing Minecraft, controlling your robots, watering your plants, or playing a thousand old video games – you can do all this with your Pi. Hosted by Paul & Salmon Ellis.

Writer’s Round Table with a Focus on Unschooled Characters

Have you ever noticed the lack of unschooled characters in books? Let’s come together and share our ideas for increasing that genre. Our kids deserve to see themselves represented in books too. Do you have an idea for a story based on what you or your children want to read? Maybe you’ve already written something and you’d like to read a section of it to the group for feedback? Time permitting, we’ll do some writing exercises. Everyone is welcome. Let’s get writing! Hosted by Janice McDonald.

Sticker Making

Join two of Portland’s street artists as we demonstrate a fun and easy ways to make portable art. We will provide different types of adhesive paper, basic art mediums and scissors. Please feel free to bring any additional art supplies to make your stickers uniquely you! Hosted by Daizee & Nathan Torres.

Meet and Greet for Newbies

We will help everyone attending the conference for the first time understand the flow of the conference, maneuvering logistics, tips on getting your needs met and answer any questions you might have about how to make the conference work for you and your family. Or if you’re not a newbie, come share your favorite conference tips. Hosted by Kristin Lake & Carolyn Groves.

Get-Teen to Know You Icebreaker Games

Teens only
Are you a teen new to LiG? Are you a veteran teen looking to meet new friends? Come on down to the Get Teen to Know You! We’ll play name games, have friendship speed dating and pizza! Hosted by the LiG Teen Scene.

Instant Pot: the easy way to cook

Cooking in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker has changed some unschoolers’ lives. Right there in the hotel atrium we will quickly and easily make and sample three or four dishes; maybe mac n cheese, beans and rice (using the tiered pot-in-pot method, cooking them at the same time, but separately), baked potatoes and gravy (again, with the gravy down below and the potatoes above). Please let Clarissa know ahead of time if you have a particular request.

Experienced Instant Pot users invited to come share what works, new users and the curious welcomed to bring questions. Everything will be provided. Hosted by Clarissa Fetrow.

ATC-Artist Trading Cards

What are Artist Trading Cards? Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are simply pieces of art that are made out of cards measuring 2.5”by 3.5”. You can buy special paper already cut to this size, or better yet, simply use sturdy paper you already have at home. Old file folders, card stock, greeting cards – any paper that is not flimsy – can be cut to the right dimensions and used as an ATC. Think about baseball trading cards and look for paper about that weight. Or, be creative and use materials other than paper. Just keep to the 2.5” x 3.5” size. Once you have your 2.5 x 3.5” card, what you do with it is up to you. Draw on it, paint, collage, sew, embellish, write words.
In an ATCs funshop, all of the participants share materials, themes, techniques and ideas with others in the funshop to make unique ATCs. And we always schedule time for trading/swapping finished cards too!

ATCs Supplies needed from Home for this Funshop:

    • Cardstock-Cut to the 2.5″x 3.5″ size and leftover scraps.
    • Colored paper of various weights and sizes.
    • Old gift wrap, Magazines and Catalogs for collage cards.
    • Fabric scraps, Buttons and other sewing notions for
    • Watercolor paints, Crayons, Colored Markers, Gel Pens, Colored Pencils etc.
    • Scissors, Paper Punches, Glue, Tape, etc.
    • And any other Arts and Crafts supplies that you would like to share(Most Scrapbooking Supplies work well for making ATCs).

*Even if you don’t participate in the ATC funshop, we would really appreciate donations of art supplies from everyone!* Hosted by Erika Davis-Pitre.




More Funshops will be added soon!