Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Maker Workshop: Miniatures

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • 3D dollhouse furniture from Amazon
    • I bought two sets of this and could have used more! I had volunteers pre-cut it, but I think if I did it again I'd let people break it out themselves, so they could match it up more easily.
  • wooden shapes from Amazon
    • small rectangles and various sized circles - would buy more next time
  • cardboard
    • boxes and precut
  • fairy garden and other miniatures from Amazon
  • craft wire (Twisteez) from Amazon (look for the right listing or it's really expensive)
  • popsicle sticks of various sizes
  • acrylic paint and supplies
  • permanent markers
  • misc./optional supplies
    • felt, yarn, fabric scraps
    • handmade paper scraps
    • pipe cleaners
    • sewing tools
    • misc. small recyclables
    • old board game pieces
    • corks (donated)
Tools
  • hot glue guns
  • xacto knife
  • kitchen shears
  • regular scissors
  • regular tape and duct tape
Resources
  • D.I.Y. Dollhouse, ISBN: 1616896078
    • This was the best resource. I also had other dollhouse books collected from the library
Promo
Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to register for a miniatures workshop. We’ll be using cardboard, recycled materials, wood, and other materials to create our own dollhouse furnishings.

Required skills
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Ability to safely use hot glue gun, x-acto knife, and heavy-duty scissors OR to not touch them or work with them if you are unable to use them safely.

Evaluation
  • 7-2-19
    • Attendance: 27
    • Notes: Several regular families came and extended their miniatures collection. A few more people came in and at the very end, I ran this for nearly four hours! a bunch of teens (mostly from sewing club and an exchange student) came in and had a great time.
  • 10-5-18
    • Attendance: 13
    • Notes: Three families that signed up and two more people I invited in. I thought hardly anybody was coming b/c only 5 kids were signed up, but I forgot about their families! This was a really basic one - I had my stash of boxes, hot glue, and miniatures. No books or extras. Kids had just as much fun as usual though!
  • 6-28-18
    • Attendance: 17
    • Notes: Some families from last time returned and some new kids and families, as well as middle schoolers on their own. Big draw this time was the additional actual miniatures - I bought fairy garden supplies from Amazon. I'd like to prep some boxes for houses some time.
  • 3-23-18
    • Attendance: 25
    • Notes: Parents stayed with their kids (only 2 boys, average age was about 10) and participated. I held it in the smaller half of our community room with access to the kitchen. I'd basically get more of everything next time!

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