Below is a list-in-progress of materials purchased or shortly-to-be-purchased.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me directly at tyawger at mclinc dot org
Building & Construction Sets
LEGOs – ’nuff said
K’NEX Education, K-8 General Construction Set
Kid K’NEX Classroom Collection – larger pieces for PreK
Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set; Gizmos & Gears, Learning Resources – interlocking gears
Build-a-Road X-Track, Kidoozie – build a track for small cars
Roominate – building set to create dollhouse and furniture
Straws & Connectors, 705 pc set – plastic straws and connectors
MakeDo Studio 30 Kit – plastic hinges and connectors to create using recycled cardboard
Electronics & Programming
Squishy Circuits Kit, Makershed – connect circuits with a high-saline content playdough
Bare Conductive – connect circuits with conductive ink pens
Elenco Snap Circuits – if I had it to do over again, I would purchase several of the junior sets
littleBits – tiny circuit boards that join together using magnets. Awesome!
BeeBots; BeeBots Docking Station – small programmable floor robots, teaches logical thinking
MaKey MaKey – turn a banana into a mouse!
LEGO WeDo Classroom Pack – A step below LEGO Mindstorms – beginning robotics for kids!
Arduino, Adafruit Industries – programmable micro controllers, a mainstay of makerspaces everywhere
Soldering Kit, Makershed – for the future, when we’re ready for Arduino projects
Paracord – survival bracelets are all the rage, though I know it as macrame
Shrink Film – Shrinky Dinks can be used for jewelry and so much more
Rainbow Loom & rubber bands – Again, a hot, hot craft for kids
Yarn & needles – knit & crochet
Duct Tape – what’s summer crafts without duct tape?
Recyclables – clean cardboard & anything under the sun
Tools: Screwdrivers, pliers, protective goggles to take-apart discarded small appliances & electronics
Electronics Materials: 3V lithium volt batteries; vibrating mini-motor discs, LEDs, copper foil tape