This year at our K-2 school, students have created the following take-homes:
- musical instruments that they played during the culminating fiesta for the Mexico studies
- alebrijes- students drew their own alebrijes in art and then created a 3-D sculpture in the MakerSpace
- snow sleds to go with their Pushes and Pulls science unit (these even carried passengers down the hill- someone had donated a box of action figures!)
- their own rendition of Chinese dragons (both individual and a collaborative class dragon for a parade)
- scene / object depicting their own invented celebration or tradition of winter
- their own rendition of Chinese lanterns (none of those "trace and cut on the lines" paper lanterns around here!)
- newspaper towers used in a competition to see which team could build a tower to hold the most books
- ... and more
I'm now getting quite a few parents who tell me that their child has started using what used to be trash and recycling containers to make creations at home!
In the back of my mind, I think the most wonderful thing about using recycled consumable items is that it evens the socioeconomic playing field! Your family doesn't have to purchase expensive 3-D printers or Snap Circuits to foster a Maker Mentality! Along those lines, a school that doesn't have plentiful funds can STILL have a great MakerSpace!