I am a big fan of the Maker Movement and its effects on education both at school and at home. I love that making is hands-on (and screen free), that it encourages the exploration of new materials and their properties, and that it encourages kids (or adults!) to create something new rather than buying something off the shelf. With that in mind, I spent the past weekend setting up a makerspace for my kids in their playroom and so far, it’s been a big hit. I’ll be curiously watching to see where it goes in the future.
In case you’re interested in setting up a something space in your own home, this is how I set it up. First, I hung a pegboard on the wall with lots of tools and a few supplies, and set up some bins under a low table to hold some other supplies. Finally, I added a chalkboard for sketching out ideas.
The supplies we’re starting out with are:
- Simple hand tools: hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, scissors, ruler
- Leatherman multi-tool
- Helping hand magnifying glass
- Extra light source (we used an LED lantern that we already had)
- String and lots of different colors of tape
- Craft supplies: popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes (special request).
- Low-temp hot glue gun (this is a must)
- Conductive wire, LEDs, and batteries
These are all things that I’m comfortable with them using unsupervised. I also have a high-temp glue gun, soldering iron, and various power tools that are available with adult supervision.
What do you think? Did I leave anything out? I can’t wait to report on the evolution of the space!