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Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Kids can be creative at Ric Rac Rabbit

WESTCHASE - In a small room with plain white walls, Laura Eassa offers a haven of sorts for children to use color and be creative. With the help of Eassa, children learn to make pendants out of dominoes and glittery magnets out of bottle caps. Eassa said she teaches the children that they can use pretty much anything to be creative. She recently started Ric Rac Rabbit to hold craft classes and camps at 12651 Race Track Road.
Some of her arts and craft camps revolve around recycled items and creating fashion and accessories. She also has a tween/teen craft club and hosts kids parties. Once the school year begins, Eassa plans to host an after-school program. "I let them do things with feathers, sequence and fabrics," she said. Eassa, 41, is a certified elementary school teacher. She taught for about two years before she got pregnant with her second son and took a hiatus from teaching. During her time off, she started to think about what she could do that involved art, something she has always been fond of. "I kept thinking what can I possibly due that is like tutoring and still be creative?" she said. Her thoughts led her to start Ric Rac Rabbit, which initially started as just arts and craft classes for children at her church. Soon after, she started her website, www.ricracrabbit.com, which is also a blog, and then started offering programs to the community. Eassa has one more camp scheduled, 9 a.m. to noon July 25-29. The theme will be "Embellish" and will offer girls ages 8 to 13 an opportunity to design jewelry and clothing. For information, visit www.ricracrabbit.com or call (813) 454-5292.

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