It turns out, that my brother is a "Maker". He produces or creates things. He is insanely curious and he likes to explore and build. (Sometimes this does bear a remarkable resemblance to destroying) The intent is to create and it is a gift.
People who make things are intelligent, creative, outside the box thinkers. These people come up with our new technologies, new tools and they are most likely going to change the world. Makers gain knowledge through experience and they can do incredible things.
The Maker Movement is huge these days and our kids can all be makers. Here are some things that you can offer them to help them along...
-Unscheduled time to explore
-Freedom to make a mess (with the understanding that they will have to clean it up)
-Materials- Young children may just start putting things together, making fantastical plans as they go whereas older students may make their plans and start making based on a question or challenge that they design.
-Technology- Making can include creating video games, robots, programming and even designing something for 3d printing
-Mentors- Do you know how to make something? Spending time with your kids planning, and creating will help them understand what it means to make something and will inspire them to move forward. Plus, oh what fun!!!
If you want to step into the maker movement with your child be sure to check out the first ever Mini Maker Faire at Barnes and Noble November 6th-November 8th. Visit bn.com/makerfaire to learn more about it!
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