One of the coolest items we have available in our Makerspace is our 3D printer. Both patrons and staff use it to print everything from keychains to fidget spinners to glow in the dark octopuses. Recently, I found a really cool project that I wanted to try. Thingiverse user DannySanchez designed a Dino-Hunt Fossil Digging … Continue reading Dino Hunt
This week, we combined art and music to make our own maracas! We set out plastic bottles and duct tape, along with bowls of beads, rice, lima beans, and seeds to use as filler. The kids picked the materials they wanted to use inside their maracas and put them in their bottles. After they added … Continue reading Plastic Bottle Maracas
This week was STEM, so for one of our free play stations I set up a very simple measuring activity. I put out two balances and scattered a variety of counters. The kids got to work balancing different objects. They even worked on balancing items on top of the balances! This was a fun and … Continue reading Balance Station
This week, we painted with bubble wrap! I found the idea for this art project at In the Playroom. I cut a large sheet of bubble wrap into squares and cut some white cardstock into fruit and vegetable shapes. The kids painted the bubble wrap with whatever colors they chose. Mixing colors together on the bubble … Continue reading Bubble Wrap Painting
We're switching up the blog format! Instead of a weekly recap of MAPS, we'll highlight one project or activity and include a list of the stories we read.