Makerspaces for Elementary Schools

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Blog posts, ideas, products, and teaching materials for starting and maintaining an elementary school makerspace and/or elementary library makerspace

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Build An Awesome LEGO Marble Run

Build An Awesome LEGO Marble Run

All you need are a few bricks to make your own LEGO marble run. Hours of fun with a DIY marble run for kids. Even add in a marble run challenge or two!

Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts - Wear and tear on makerspace parts and components is inevitable, especially when working with elementary students.  Here are some DIY fixes for extending the life of littleBits and other maker items. | Mrs. J in the Library #MrsJintheLibrary #makerspace #librarycenters #makerED #elementary #library #maker

Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts | Mrs. J in the Library

When you start a makerspace and begin letting students build things that move, light up, and generally do cool things, eventually something will go wrong. Of course, because Murphy’s Law of Education is always in effect, that’s usually when an administrator walks in. When that happens, you just have to smile and ask students, “Now ... Read More about Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts

Black Lives Matter and Inclusion in Makerspace » Growing Makerspace

Black Lives Matter and Inclusion in Makerspace » Growing Makerspace

Makers. Do something. It’s no secret that makerspaces, at least in the United States, are dominated by white people, usually men. Even in the professional makerspace that I frequent, whose owners focus on inclusion and diversity, there are rarely any people of color using the equipment. Maker events such as Maker Faire are more of… Continue reading Black Lives Matter and Inclusion in Makerspace

Use Sugru to make littleBits stronger and last longer | Mrs. J in the Library #makerspace #librarycenters #circuits #MrsJintheLibrary

What Worked Wednesday: Sugru + littleBits | Mrs. J in the Library

“What Worked Wednesday” is a blog post series about ideas that I have personally tried in my library and/or instruction. Each post includes an idea that worked in my school library and how it makes my life less stressful, more organized, and/or more manageable. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase ... Read More about What Worked Wednesday: Sugru + littleBits

Top 10 Read Alouds for Makerspace

Top 10 Read Alouds for Makerspace

I am so excited to have stumbled upon some AMAZING picture books for my elementary Makerspace over the past couple years! There is nothing quite like kicking off Makerspace time or a STEM challenge with a captivating read aloud to encourage our students to make meaningful connections with text and inspire them to play, explore, invent, and create. (Read more about my classroom Makerspace HERE.) I'm always on the lookout for new titles to add to our Makerspace library! Here are the common…

Animal Shadow Drawing - Emma Owl

Animal Shadow Drawing - Emma Owl

Animal Shadow Drawing - Emma Owl

Elementary Makerspace Resources for school libraries, STEM labs, and maker clubs that serve students in kindergarten, though 5th grades, or ages 5-11 | Mrs. J in the Library #MrsJintheLibrary #makerspace #elementary #STEM #MakerED #library

Elementary Makerspaces! | Mrs. J in the Library

Makerspace resources and maker educators to follow for your elementary school library, public children's library, elementary school STEM lab, or classroom

Adding Makerspaces to your elementary school library may seem intimidating, but educators everywhere are implementing them. You can create Makerspace centers simply and easily. Read how one librarian just took the Maker plunge. #makerspaces#elementary #library #centers#librarypatch

Just Do It ... Start Makerspaces

MAKERSPACES ... I tried to ignore them! I tried to deny their growing momentum. I skipped over articles and blogposts where makerspaces wer...

Matisse Art Project for Kids Cut Outs

Easy Matisse Art Project for Kids - A Henri Matisse art idea for kids of all ages with inspiration shape templates to inspire, draw or cut out.

Story Stones Ideas - Mrs. J in the Library's note: could be used for retelling a story, or students create their own story.

Story Stones Ideas

You don't want to miss these creative Story Stones Ideas for kids! They're perfect for storytelling and sequencing story events.

Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts - Wear and tear on makerspace parts and components is inevitable, especially when working with elementary students.  Here are some DIY fixes for extending the life of littleBits and other maker items. | Mrs. J in the Library #MrsJintheLibrary #makerspace #librarycenters #makerED #elementary #library #maker

Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts | Mrs. J in the Library

When you start a makerspace and begin letting students build things that move, light up, and generally do cool things, eventually something will go wrong. Of course, because Murphy’s Law of Education is always in effect, that’s usually when an administrator walks in. When that happens, you just have to smile and ask students, “Now ... Read More about Makerspace Mishaps: Fixing and Replacing Broken Parts

Drill Spin Art With Kids

Drill Spin Art With Kids

This is one of the coolest art we've ever created.

Storybook STEM with the 3 Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff Storybook STEM

This Three BIlly Goats Gruff Storybook STEM project is a perfect way to teach young kids engineering. Can you build a strong popsicle stick bridge?

Elementary Makerspace Resources for school libraries, STEM labs, and maker clubs that serve students in kindergarten, though 5th grades, or ages 5-11 | Mrs. J in the Library #MrsJintheLibrary #makerspace #elementary #STEM #MakerED #library

Elementary Makerspaces! | Mrs. J in the Library

Makerspace resources and maker educators to follow for your elementary school library, public children's library, elementary school STEM lab, or classroom

"Boredom Buster" origami passive program

Passive Program: Origami

Y'all. I mean, origami is like a classic thing kids so when they are bored, right? I was super excited to use it as one of my passive programs, but man origami paper is EXPENSIVE! I know the old trick of chopping the edge off a piece of copy paper to make it square,…

Shadow drawing with animal figures

Animal Shadow Drawing - Emma Owl

Shadow drawing with animal figures