September 15, 2012, By AnnMarie Thomas
Shortly after joining Maker Ed, I was at the library with my four year old daughter, and came across “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. This charming book tells the story of Vashti, who doesn’t like art class. She meets a teacher who convinces her to try making a mark, any mark, on the page. The book resonated with me as many of its messages are ones that the maker education community believes in: the power of creativity, the idea that you just need to jump in there and try, and the importance of exhibiting/sharing your work
I’m posting this today, as it is International Dot Day! Kids, teachers, parents, and other educators around the world are celebrating by making their own marks. In our house we decided to take on a challenge set by Peter on Twitter: “Something for kids to ponder: Could u design an invention/robot to paint dots?” My daughter’s (or “dot-ter’s”) answer is: YES! Here is our Makey Makey + Scratch + silverware creation.
Happy Dot Day!