A Makerspace for the Younger Crowd

After years of wishing and months of planning, I finally managed to start up a kid-friendly makerspace at my library! The makerspace has only been out for about a week now, but it’s gotten a decent amount of use and some positive feedback. One grandmother thanked me for the makerspace because her 4-year-old grandson got the opportunity to work with another little boy on a project that they came up with together. Later that same day, a tween deemed the makerspace “pretty cool” which, as we all know, is pretty high praise!

The makerspace is set up in our computer lab, which is where the majority of kids end up at some point during the day. The supplies are out all day and kids are encouraged to use the makerspace whenever they want. I did type up a set of makerspace rules that include: 1) Be kind, 2) Share, 3) Be safe, and 4) Clean up.

The makerspace consists of a set of drawers stocked with supplies such as:

  • Masking tape
  • Yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic tubes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Soufle cups
  • Coffee filters
  • Wheels/Turbine Hubs
  • Cotton balls
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Straws
  • Paper scraps
  • Hole punch

There are also trays of cardboard and paper towel/toilet paper tubes for the kids to use.

I’ll be posting more later this month (or early next month) about what works, what doesn’t, and what plans I have for the future. In the meantime, I’m just happy to share that I have started this project and that it’s going well so far!

 

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