Learning With Projects

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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 Have Chickapig!

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Just in time for the holidays, we are very excited to have Chickapig in the house! An intriguing combination of chess and checkers, it incorporates funny animals and cow poop, and is taking the country by storm. NPR did a whole piece about Chickapig!

Come in to Make It KPT and give it a try, and look at our calendar for our Holiday Game Nights.

"I love Chickapig! It’s engaging, interactive, and has great replay value.  Chickapig is mighty, mighty fun!" -Pete Fenlon, CEO Catan Studio

We Dropped It, And It Was Hot!

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It's not every day when a game brings the right combination of ease of learning, fun play, and brain exercise, but Drop It did all that!  This past weekend, we hosted a Drop It party at Make It KPT, and everyone really enjoyed the game.  It's simple to learn, fast paced, and quickly got strategic for those who wanted to take it to the next level.  Drop It is a new family fave that we'll continue to play.  Come by Make It KPT for one of our Game Extravaganza nights and give it a try!  You'll like it!