MakerSpace has been the the hot thing for a couple of years now. We see it EVERYWHERE! But I think everyone has the same question… “Ok, I have a space for my Makers, now what do I do with it?” MakerSpaces look different every where you go. They can be heavy on the technology with 3d printers, robotics, coding, etc. MakerSpaces can be filled with trash to treasure finds like papertowel rolls and tissue paper. Or MakerSpaces can be as simple as coloring pages and donated board games. But no matter what YOUR MakerSpace looks like the biggest issue every librarian has is… budget! Where in the world do we get the money to purchase items to build a MakerSpace and not take away from our priority of books?
When I first started the MakerSpace in my junior high library, it consisted of board games donated by staff and a whole lot of origami. To this day, the board games are still the most popular activity in MakerSpace. Some of the board games that I have in my library MakerSpace include: Checkers, Chess, Connect Four, Uno, Mancala, Jenga, and just regular playing cards. I know that games aren’t really “maker” activities, but playing board games requires collaboration. I’m amazed when I see students come to the library before school or during study hall and start playing games together, especially students who you would never see sit together at lunch or talk to eachother in the halls. I hate to sound sentimental, but I have seen friendships grow over a simple game of chess in the library.
Another cheap and easy activity that we do in MakerSpace is origami. All you need is some paper and a youtube video; and the students can make the most interesting creations. Below I have linked several popular origami activities that have been a big success in my library. I did not create these tutorials, but just happened to come across them on a Google search.
Corner Bookmarks – https://youtu.be/hO4J1GjPQFw
Flextangles – https://youtu.be/pta1R7g05Xg
Book Page Flowers – https://youtu.be/AjIiTgBpwb0
Ninja Stars – https://youtu.be/n01fsCDWAUc
Cubee Craft – www.cubeecraft.com