Kids of all ages love to explore and be creative – everything from duct tape to cardboard boxes can inspire creativity and the desire to develop and hone new skills. By experimenting with materials, kids can learn new artistic techniques, practice designing and problem solving, and learn STEM skills that will stick with them.
California-based website, DIY, provides a social platform upon which kids can share their work and ingenuity with others! The DIY site is filled with hundreds of unique and interesting projects that kids of all ages have completed at home – they’ve made everything from miniature lithograph machines to time lapse videos, pocket amplifiers to new knitting patterns!
DIY provides a space to share work, and can be used as a database, too – kids interested in learning new skills on their own can find directions and tutorials for learning everything from basic baking to metal soldering. Of course, some projects require different amounts of adult supervision and many are appropriate mostly for tweens and teens, there are examples of work from all ages and there are new skills that can be learned by all!
Students can sign up to become a part of the site’s network by choosing a username, but before they’re allowed to begin posting their work, an adult must approve and confirm their membership. By connecting a supervisory party to the student’s account, sharing can be monitored and parents can help students to find projects that will fit their age, abilities, and interests. Projects on the site can be used to support development of knowledge in many different areas, and students can use projects that they find to support topics they’ve learned about at school. For example, building a battery-powered circuit can help students learn about basic principles of electricity, and direction-following required good reading comprehension and, potentially, problem-solving skills.
Check out DIY at diy.org for some exciting and educational projects to do during vacation week, or use the site’s resources to plan some enriching summer activities. There you will also find guides for parents, educators and DIY clubs. Happy learning!