This Little Makers is one I planned months ago to leave behind when I knew I was moving libraries but didn’t get a chance to do it myself until recently. Even though I had a small crowd, this one was a lot of fun.
For What-ology? this month we looked at different styles of art and made some of our own. I printed copies of famous art in different styles and hung them up around the room. I also had out a whole bunch of art supplies for creating art in lots of different styles.
Stellar stories is a new after school storytime for big kids program. I read a few books and then the kids get to do some sort of art project. I was already doing this for one of our local after school groups, and this year I opened it up to all kids. I’m excited for the chance to share some of the longer and more advanced picture books with older kids (K and up).
So, it turns out that I am really fabulous at not taking on every new exciting project I get enthusiastic about (other things I excel at: sarcasm), but this one was too good to pass up, and now I get to share it with you!
Making is painting and sewing and hammering and coding and building robots or bridges and stacking blocks and 3d printing and Legos and coloring and origami and video creation. It often includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and process over product and open-ended questions. Sometimes it uses technology, often it doesn’t. We like collaborative making, where kids work and learn together or at the same table.
This is meant to serve as a resource for anyone interested in maker programs for kids. Take a look, and stay tuned for more awesomeness!