Regulating our emotions can be the difference between cultivating healing or causing harm. In this timely lesson, science educator, Jackie Macy, guides us through creating mindfulness glitter jars. A mindfulness glitter jar is a tool that can help us regulate our minds & bodies and bring a sense of calm when we experience difficulties.
Learning in the Making: LIVE!
Learning in the Making: LIVE! is an online video series designed to support educators and families with accessible hands-on learning experiences. This work is part of our focus on supporting remote learning in various environments. (To learn more, read this blog post about our work during shelter-in-place measures in 2020.)
Each week, we host a live making activity on our YouTube channel and share related resources on our blog.
Black history month may be celebrated during the month of February, but the history that Black Americans, and Black folks across the globe have made and continue to make can be celebrated all day, every day. In this episode of Learning in the Making, host Aáron heard and co-host Paula Mitchell talk Emory Douglas, the […]
What do Elmo, Baby Yoda, and Kermit the Frog all have in common? They are all puppets! Puppets are moveable models controlled by a person using strings, wires, hands, or even technology. Puppets can be modeled after people, animals, or creatures that are make believe. Puppets are a widespread form of theater and storytelling with […]
Patterns are all around us. Some are found in nature. Some are made by people. A pattern is a repeated decorative design. Patterns can tell stories and be used as a way of communicating. Since patterns repeat over and over again, it could be useful to have a tool that helps you easily recreate the same shape or image. That’s where stamps come in! A stamp is a tool that has an image on one end and a handle, or something to hold, on the other. The image on a stamp is not flat, but raised up. When you dip the image of the stamp into ink or paint and press it against a piece of paper, your image is transferred over. Patterns can be drawn out, but that would take a lot of time. Stamps give us a chance to play with making patterns.
The natural world is filled with vibrant color! Our very own environments hold many valuable tools for creation. Would you believe me if I told you that in today’s project you are going to make your very own paint? You can save money and the environment by learning how to make paint from food items […]
2020 has been an unexpected year for most of us. We’ve been faced with new challenges, a lot of changes, and that comes with many different emotional responses. As the 2020 presidential election gets closer and the winter blues start to kick in, we’ll need some more self care tools, tips and tricks to get us through this winter.
Join us as we explore a variety of materials, learn more about emotional regulation, and make some tools that can help us in our times of need.
Hats, tiaras, and crowns, oh my! One way people across cultures have displayed their love for themselves and their culture is headgear! From the Indigenous peoples of the Americas to the ancient pharaohs of Egypt to the royals in England to football teams with their helmets, people have designed special pieces to be worn on their heads to communicate and celebrate who they are. What do you love about yourself? How can you share what you love about yourself with the world around you?
Not only do lanterns look beautiful, they are often used to celebrate cultural traditions. If you live in the United States, you have probably made a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. In Hindu culture, a Kandeel lantern is used during Diwali, the Festival of Lights. In Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese cultures, lanterns are used in cultural celebrations such as the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival. This festival is a celebration of the moon and the Autumn harvest. This year it is celebrated on October 1st, 2020! What other types of lanterns and cultural celebrations can you think of?
Looking for something fun to make at home? Each week we are collecting and curating resources around a topic and this week the topic is looking closely at nature. We’ll be building observation machines — from materials you have at home — to illuminate objects from nature in new and surprising ways. Read more…
Everyone has stories to tell. These stories could be true or could come entirely from your imagination. Who are the characters? What world do they live in? What challenges do they face? Authors have the power to share their vision of a different world. Storytelling also connects us to our history and our ancestors. By creating stories we help other people see different ways of living. In our activities over the next two weeks, we will engage in some imaginative world making — where we will create fantastic characters and settings that expand our imagination of what is possible and what is important. Read more…