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Early Primary Maker Space Resources

What is a Maker Space?


The philosophy behind the maker movement is to explore and create with  purpose. It’s about embracing a child’s natural curiousity and supporting the notion of learning by doing.  As it should be in every classroom, play is a key component  in the maker movement.


Makers believe it you can imagine  it you can make it.


Still a bit unsure, here’s a great article on  why the maker movement matters written by Sylvia Martinez

http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/08/20/why-the-maker-movement-matters/


Before you look at tools figure out your WHY for making. Possibly whys may include…

- explore personal creativity

- working together to utilize the brilliance of each maker

- to create personalized experiences that foster learning


General Maker Resources

Pinterest Boards


Kindergarten Pinterest Samples - http://www.pinterest.com/mindyahrens/a-kindergarten-makerspace/

Primary Maker Space Pinterest Board - http://www.pinterest.com/angelbueno/maker-spaces/

Maker Space Resources Pinterest Board -

http://www.pinterest.com/margaretapowers/maker-resources/

Maker Movement Programing and Coding -

http://www.pinterest.com/INelearn/maker-movement-programming-and-coding/


Blogs


http://kindergartenmakerspace.blogspot.ca

http://blogs.asbindia.org/findings/2013/12/19/pbl-and-maker-in-kindergarten/



YouTube Channels


Super Awsome Silvia  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxRNQbEGwm4&list=PLD88C55A1C5A34176



Possible Tools and Maker Ideas for Young Learners


Electronics/Squishy Circuits

Cardboard/Recyables/Tape/Glue

  • Create a maze for a marble

  • Design an airplane that can fly the furthest, spin etc..

  • Design a bridge that will help x story character get to their destination

  • Design a wall that Humpty Dumpty won’t fall off of - test with a real egg

  • Design a building that will… (mini engineers)

Computer

Robots

Lego/Blocks/Tinker Toys/Marble Works/Connects

  • Create a water slide using marbleworks

  • Create the tallest tower you can

  • Design a platform that will hold the weight of X

  • Create a vehicle that transports items

  • Design your ideal house

  • Make  letters/your name/an animal with lego

  • Lego Quest website

  • Lego Challenges


Puppets

  • creating your own puppets then telling a story with them

  • shadow puppets

Playdough/Clay/Modelling Material

  • bring story characters to life with playdough/circuits

Paints/Markers/Crayons/Coloured Pencils

Craft sticks/Straws/Paper Towel Rolls, Yarn/Fabric/Cellophane/Pipe Cleaners

  • Design people from pipe cleaners

Leaves/Flowers/Grass/Moss/Twigs/Bark/Pine Cones

  • make a nest for a bird

  • build an object that will hide an animal from its enemies

Paper

Musical Instruments

  • make your own musical instruments

  • make your own music

Cooking  




Additional Resources


http://constructingmodernknowledge.com/cmk08/?p=1099

Maker Space Play Book - http://makerspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MakerspacePlaybook-Feb2013.pdf



Special thank you to Michelle Cordy for sharing her resources, and to all those who contributed ideas via twitter.



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