Friday, September 30, 2022

In short, I am busy: Project Explore

 This is a relaunch of my maker workshops, after passing through many different iterations from our STEAM labs in the library to maker kits to workshops. It's basically a pop-up makerspace, with the kids having access to our maker supplies and tools and exploring their own interests and projects. So far it looks like we will be doing a lot of sewing, although I have also gently coaxed some of the younger (under 7) kids into doing Sculpey until I have time to teach them 1:1 on the sewing machines. Pillows are the project du jour and we are desperately short on stuffing, especially as the kids keep making their pillows bigger and bigger.

Materials and supplies available:

  • 6 sewing machines (heavy-duty Singer)
  • sewing cart (needles, thread, bobbins, scissors, measuring tape, tracing paper, pencils, notions, ribbon)
  • Stores of fabric, yarn, and batting
  • Crochet hooks, knitting needles, cardboard looms
  • Paint - watercolor, acrylic, tempera, biocolor
  • Paper - construction, watercolor, drawing
  • Beading materials - pliers, beads, findings, wire
  • Sculpey clay and tools
I would like to do some woodworking, but we need a heavier table to hammer on. Next semester I plan to get tools suggested at the Play Make Learn conference so we can do building/creation with cardboard.

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