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.