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Aircraft Carrier

Joseph was a really fun kid to meet.  He was one of those visitors who seemed to fit right in at MAKESHOP.  He didn’t know exactly what he wanted to create, but he came to a decision after he spent some time tinkering and exploring the materials.  He first tinkered around with lighting up small LEDs with batteries.  He eventually created a really cool switch using a single paper clip.  After he was done explori
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Making a very big costume…

I’m not an expert at anything, but I am really good at asking questions. I wanted to make a JEDI KNIGHT robe for Halloween.  Problem: I have never sewn anything this big or complex before.  Thankfully, I was able to ask Rebecca, a fellow Teaching Artist, and Lea, one of our interns, for help.  They showed me the importance of sketching your project before you do anything.  It is important to visualize the piece
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Marble Maze

What can you make with an over sized hole punch? A couple of days ago a visitor created a really cool marble maze puzzle type thing.  He spent a long time just tinkering with all of the different pieces of recycled materials in MAKESHOP.  He eventually settled on using several tubes and a cardboard box that already had some holes punched out of it.  After some collaboration and brainstorming, the two of us came up wi
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On the Edge of Your Seat

At the end of last month, Children’s Museum Board Members gathered at the Museum for a Board retreat.  How do you get to know your fellow Board Chairs? By dividing into teams and having a “chair” contest of course! A MAKESHOP Challenge was presented to the group:  Divide into teams of six and create a meaningful chair using a container of miscellaneous (recycled of course) items. Well what a creativ
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Building a chair with the Board

Messy tables, goofy chairs, and lots of smiles… We held our annual Board Retreat for our Board Members and Directors of the Museum on October 24.  The MAKESHOP team challenged them to “create a place to sit” using found and recycled materials.  Everyone was split into four teams with one Teaching Artist to serve as a coach and spent thirty minutes creating four very interesting and unique places to
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Making Connections

Taking something that was going to be thrown away and giving it a new purpose is always rewarding.  The “Book-Shelf” pictured above is a great example of a project that uses entirely re-purposed junk. Actually, “junk” seems like a negative term… Let’s call it “repurposed treasure.” My friend, Becky, wanted to make gift cards for her salon (Tula Organic) in the Squirrel
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