Learning in the Making: Zines

Looking for something fun to make at home? Each week we are collecting and curating resources around a topic and this week is zines. We are focusing on making with what you have around the house. Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

“A zine, pronounced “zeen” (just like the end of the word magazine), is a homemade publication. There are no set-in-stone rules for making zines. A zine can be about anything you’re interested in. Really! There are all kinds of zines including: fanzines (a zine about something or someone you love), cooking zines full of recipes and tips, comic zines, art zines, poetry zines, and personal zines where people write about their daily lives” (Celia C. Pérez, How to Make a Zine: A Kid-Friendly DIY Guide). Watch a quick video about zines to get started. 

Follow along with us as we learn how to process and cope with our feelings, creating a zine as a way to document and share our thoughts and ideas: 

We are so excited to support hands-on learning as educators, caregivers, and young learners shift to distance learning, and we need your support! Donate today so we can keep going. 

We are focusing on making with materials you have around the house. Here are some suggested materials for you to gather for your zine making:

  • Base materials: paper, assortment of writing utensils
  • Tools (optional): scissors, stapler
  • Connecting materials: glue, tape
  • Additional embellishment materials (optional): yarn, ribbon, post it notes, fabric, magazines, posters, assorted paper, paints, anything else you can find!

Download the project guides below: 

Project Guide in English
Guía de proyecto en Español

Want resources around coping with crisis and confinement?

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out these ideas:

We want to see your projects! After the livestream, we encourage you to post your zine on Twitter or Instagram. Tag us @MakerEdOrg with #MakerEdAtHome and #LearningZinesInTheMaking #quaranzine

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 are hosting a live making activity on our YouTube channel and sharing related resources on our blog.



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