Friday, October 5, 2018

Maker Workshop: Miniatures

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
  • 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)
  • hot glue guns
  • xacto knife
  • kitchen shears
  • regular scissors
  • regular tape and duct tape
  • D.I.Y. Dollhouse, ISBN: 1616896078
    • This was the best resource. I also had other dollhouse books collected from the library
Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to register for our first ever 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.

  • 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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