Makerspace - Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts projects are fun, approachable, and hands-on ways to bring STEAM learning opportunities into your makerspace. They're fabulous for curriculum connections and open-ended exploration alike. Bring some STEAM MakerEd learning into your library or classroom with some of these projects today.
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Build a LEGO Design Drawing Machine. Awesome engineering STEM challenge for kids!

Build a Design Drawing Machine with LEGO Bricks

Build a LEGO Design Drawing Machine - Similar to a Spirograph, this draws awesome patterns! - possibly use littlebits instead of lego power kit?

Homemade tinker toys in the library - No budget?  Use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and straws to make your own building components for a library center!

I have straws and am collecting the rolls (Stephanie) Homemade tinker toys in the library - No budget? Use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and straws to make your own building components for a library center!

Create some black and white bookmarks and put them out with coloring supplies.  Supports literacy and creativity together (and looks pretty fun too)

EPA makerspace Create some black and white bookmarks and put them out with coloring supplies. Supports literacy and creativity together (and looks pretty fun too)

Invitation To Create: Robot Lab. Open ended creative paper craft for kids. Great for color and shape recognition & fine motor development. Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary students.

Invitation To Create - Robot Lab

Maybe make shape robots? Invitation To Create: Robot Lab. Open ended creative paper craft for kids. Great for color and shape recognition & fine motor development. Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary students.

3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces | Perler beads are by far one of the most popular items in my makerspace. In this post, I explain why they are an awesome addition to any makerspace, and offer some advice on incorporating them into your space.

3 Reasons Why Perler Beads are Awesome for Makerspaces Perler beads are by far one of the most popular items in my makerspace. In this post, I explain why they are an awesome addition to any makerspace, and offer some advice on incorporating them into y

Using shibori techniques to tie dye - Tutorial in Spanish, with lots of photos

Using shibori techniques to tie dye - Tutorial in Spanish, with lots of photos Mais

The 2015 Cardboard Challenge | Every year, we participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge in our makerspace as a part of our afterschool Makers Club. Here, I talk about some of our projects as well as some best practices I've come up with. | RenovatedLearning.com

The 2015 Cardboard Challenge Every year, we participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge in our makerspace as a part of our afterschool Makers Club. Here, I talk about some of our projects as well as some best practices I've come up with.

How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop | I ran a Circuit Bracelet workshop with our STEMgirls club this year and we had tons of fun. I also learned a lot of lessons along the way and wanted to share here so that YOU can run a super circuit bracelet workshop in your makerspace.

How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop I ran a Circuit Bracelet workshop with our STEMgirls club this year and we had tons of fun. I also learned a lot of lessons along the way and wanted to share here so that YOU can run a super circuit bracelet

4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace | Makerspace projects don't have to be crazy expensive. Here's four awesome, budget friendly projects that your students will love.

4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace Makerspace projects don't have to be crazy expensive. Here's four awesome, budget friendly projects that your students will love.

DIY Cardboard Tube Construction Toy (http://picklebums.com)

DIY Cardboard Tube Construction Toy (picklebums.com)

Make your own cardboard tube construction toy! Fun engineering project for kids. A great STEM project for summertime!

Cardboard Challenge 2016: More Awesome than Ever | For our 2016 Cardboard Challenge, my students went all out. Our cardboard cutters were buzzing, the hot glue guns were all in use. There were all sorts of amazing creations being built all around.

Cardboard Challenge More Awesome than Ever For our 2016 Cardboard Challenge, my students went all out. Our cardboard cutters were buzzing, the hot glue guns were all in use. There were all sorts of amazing creations being built all around.

How to Connect Students to the World With the Cardboard Challenge | In my AASL post, I talk about how maker projects and makerspaces are fantastic for connecting your students globally. Here's how you can use the Global Cardboard Challenge and Skype.

Knowledge Quest- AASL Maker projects and makerspaces are fantastic for connecting your students globally. Here's how you can use the Global Cardboard Challenge and Skype.

Want to try knitting with your students but aren't really sure where to start?  How about creating a knitting loom made from cardboard tubes and popsicle sticks - genius!  Makes it easy for kids to get started and grasp the concept of knitting.

How-to: DIY a Knitting Loom - a great activity to keep the kids busy while they're off this holiday season.

Maker Projects- The Awesome Cardboard Maker Cave | Maker Projects posts feature projects my students have put together.  This post details the cardboard Maker Cave that came together over the course of several weeks.  The cave was an installation at our schoolwide Maker Fair.

This post details the cardboard Maker Cave that came together over the course of several weeks. The cave was an installation at our schoolwide Maker Fair.

3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace : Check out my Demco post to read up on three different design challenges you can do with your students in a low-tech/no-tech makerspace. All are budget friendly and easy to do.

3 Design Challenges - Cardboard Creature, Tech Take-apart Robot Challenge, Recycled Book Art Gallery

The Creature Challenge: Make a Creature That Does Something: Student created design challenges can be powerful motivators for students. In this student challenge, the Stewart Makers Club used different materials to build creatures that did something.

The Creature Challenge: Make a Creature That Does Something: Student created design challenges can be powerful motivators for students. In this student challenge, the Stewart Makers Club used different materials to build creatures that did something.

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