Whether you call them makerspaces, hackerspaces or DIY spaces, the thought is the same. These are places where learners can tinker, explore, invent, and build. These spaces are great for encouraging creativity and hands-on learning.
With the current nationwide goal of social distancing, we are aiming to bring activities into the home. The first step is creating your own “Makerspace in a Box,” composed of common tools and materials found around the home. We encourage a selection that has both everyday items and unexpected materials. Working within this constraint boosts creativity and imagination.
These steps are suggestions for gathering your materials and setting expectations for your new makerspace. Remember, start with what you already have available!
Choose a space that both the youth and adult can agree upon. Space will be needed to store the box and space will be needed to work.
Create and discuss expectations and ground rules for your new makerspace box and work area. Here are some things to consider:
Use the following list to take inventory on the supplies you have and or may need to easily complete your DHF Daily Digi Challenges!
Arts & Crafts
Safety and Cleanup
Don’t worry about what you don’t have! Use the link below to share with us what you are missing. This will allow us the opportunity to have confidence in providing activities that require materials you actually have. We are also exploring ways to get some materials for you all.
Share, share and share! Take a picture of your Makerspace in a Box and send it to us! Remember that your Makerspace in a Box will continue to change by its contents, and size based on your projects, interest and your imagination!
To share your project, head to https://dhf.io/shareproject and fill out the form!
We have a quick feedback form to fill out once you’ve done this activity. Your thoughts help us improve our projects and make sure we’re providing content that people are interested in. Let us know what you think!
To provide feedback, head to https://dhf.io/ydu and fill out the form!
This is a downloadable PDF of the activity. Please feel free to download and print!