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Dances With Wood Serving Hospitalized Children with Serious Illness

How Does the Program Work?

The foundation of the Dances With Wood program is the building of woodworking projects that can be undertaken while a child is sitting or lying in a hospital bed.

Photographs taken in the bone marrow transplant unit - 4 weeks in isolation....

Each project kit comes with a workbook (40-50 pages) that provides detailed instructions to guide the child through the steps for building the wooden project. Special exercises in the workbook also promote independent learning skills, writing, reading, math, art, and storytelling.

The kits are comprised of prefabricated sanded wooden pieces ready for assembly. No sharp tools or cutting are required. Every child is also provided with a set of tools and paints. Upon completion of a project, the child receives a Certificate of Creative Achievement as a lasting and affirming symbol of his or her success. Dances With Wood program serves children and young adults between the ages of 6-18. Adult supervision is recommended.

The Dances With Wood program provides children with the opportunity to experience the transforming power of their imagination and creativity...

What Are the Outcomes?


wood dividerBuilding with wood provides a uniquely creative experience, which inspires an inner sense of health, hope and well-being. The very act of working with wood develops feelings of strength and empowerment, and encourages each child to experience the beauty of his or her own individuality through self-expression.
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Dances With Wood...
  Great fun...
    Heals the spirit...
      Builds hope...
        Strengthens the will to live...
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