Putting vintage industrial equipment to good use.
We hear from many of our customers who are looking for ways to help children learn, grow, and prepare for the ever-changing world around us. Kids need creativity, stick-to-itiveness, and a commitment to lifelong learning. if they’re going to be able to adapt on the fly as they meet new challenges.
That’s why we love projects at Make It KPT. Project-based learning works because it provides:
Motivation - In a project, you’re working for an end result. You have a goal, and you’re focused on achieving it. Don’t know how to change a washer on your faucet? Think about how motivated you might be to learn that skill if the dripping is keeping you up all night.
Real world excitement - In the real world, you never know what will come up. You have to solve problems on the fly, learn how to get help, and combine all kinds of brain power, physical dexterity, communication skills, and technology to adapt to the conditions.
A sense of achievement - We all love to show off what we have made. “Look everyone, I made this!” That sense of accomplishment fuels the grit and determination that will help kids get through all kinds of challenges. They own the process, they own the results.
Motivation, real world relevance, and achievement are great gifts to give a child. They’re gifts that will keep on giving as they grow up.
You can make just about anything into a project for a child. Younger children can help cook breakfast - assembling ingredients and following a recipe are all steps in a project. Sure, there might be some shells in the scrambled eggs, but that’s all part of learning. Older kids can plan and execute a full meal, or even a meal schedule for an outing or camping trip. Or they can jump into making or building something by learning a craft or exploring a new technology.
This is why we focus on kits, puzzles, games, and classes and workshops at Make It KPT. We love to help all of our customers help the children in their lives learn with projects.
What are your best ideas for getting your kids doing and learning from projects? Please share in the comments section.
And check out our upcoming Maker Kids April Vacation Camp for an opportunity for kids ages 8-12 to learn with wearable technology.
We love it when a new technology meets an old problem, and solves it. We're gearheads, for sure, so the Luminoodle caught our attention right away.
Old Problem: You know when you're camping in your tent or RV and you just can't get enough light to cook with, or read, or play your favorite board game?
New Solution: Luminoodle strung together an elegant rope of LEDs, created some re-usable, zip-tie-like hangers, and made the whole thing workable from a USB charger or connected outlet. Super-easy to use, attaches anywhere, and transports easily. Need ambient light? Just stuff the LED rope into the translucent sack, and voila! A soft-white lightbulb.
That's gear-tastic! We've got the 10-foot Luminoodles at Make It KPT. Come check 'em out!
Summer inspires. Warm air and sunshine free us to wander. Morning mist floating on the water catches our eye and our imagination. Long days give us time to ponder ideas and projects.
Take advantage of this perfect time of year to try a new creative pursuit, or return to an old one. This summer at Make It KPT, customers have gotten kits and supplies to return to a craft they used to do. Kids have tried new forms of making, from knitting, to building circuits, to programming a robot, to learning how to draw their pets, and more. The possibilities are endless, and endlessly exciting.
And, in the end, a journey of creativity IS the end - the process of exploring, experimenting, and learning so pleasant to ponder on a summer's day.