Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Maker Kits: Art Kit

This is one of the new kits I made this year. I'm not sure if it will end well or not - I'd like to possibly add more to it later, but I decided to start simple and see how things go. It could well come back covered in paint and pastels - or not come back at all!

Kit includes:

  • Art lab for kids by Susan Schwake: 9781592537655 
  • Paint brushes
  • Plastic palettes
Consumable may include some or all of the following:
  • Acrylics
  • Pastels
  • Paper


Monday, February 5, 2018

Maker Kits: Fiber Arts

I took all of the yarn and fiber arts pieces out of the sewing kits, added some additional items, and created a new kit. I purchased a new book and recycled an old one as well. It's lucky yarn squishes because this kit is very full!

Kit includes:

  • Stitch by stitch by Jane Bull: 9780756690229 (out of print, purchased on Amazon)
  • Made by me by Jane Bull: 9780756651633  (out of print, recycled from other kit)
  • Crochet hooks (recycled from another kit)
  • Knitting needles (recycled from another kit)
  • Embroidery hoop (donated)
  • Knitting loom (purchased from Joann for about $7)
  • Embroidery scissors and full-size scissors
  • Needles in needle case
Consumables include some or all of the following
  • Plastic canva pieces for stitching
  • yarn
  • embroidery thread
  • felt

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Maker Kit: Beading



After I attended a session at ALA in the summer of 2017 about letting more stuff out for kids to play with I've been working harder at getting various bits and pieces left in my office out in their maker kits. I'll still use these for programs, but I don't want them to just sit around the rest of the time!

Update: Sadly, this kit only circulated twice before it was borrowed and not returned. I had to buy a new book, new set of beading tools, and refill all the beads (I purchased new holders for them as well) and beading wire.

I probably spent around $50-80 to replace this, although a large portion of that was the book and new containers.

Kit includes:
  • Complete photo guide to bead crafts: 9781589238220
  • 3 beading pliers (various types)
Consumables
  • Beads in cases (purchased at Walmart and Amazon
  • Findings (purchased on Amazon)
  • Beading wire and string
  • Piece of felt for workspace

Friday, February 2, 2018

Maker Kit: Candy Making

The idea for this started with a book I picked up at Half-Price Books. Cooking kits are hard, because there aren't many consumables I am willing to put in, but a quick search on Amazon found some good options for this one (yes, I had the book for ever a year before getting around to putting the kit together!). The book doesn't actually need stuff like a thermometer or molds, but I thought it would cover a nice spectrum of skills.

After having the kit for over six months, there were still plenty of flavors left, but I bought another set just in case.

Kit includes:
  • Candy Making for kids: 9781423630227
  • Candy thermometer (purchased on Amazon)
  • Candy melt dipping tools (purchased on Amazon)
Consumables:

Maker Kit: Birdwatching


Ever since I read Annette Cate's Look Up! Bird-watching in your own backyard I have been wanting to use it in a kit and now I've finally got one! This one is very simple but I hope it will be popular.

[Update: The binoculars go missing constantly! I think I've replaced them three or four times! Fortunately they are not expensive.]

Kit includes:
  • Look up! Bird-watching in your own backyard: 9780763645618
  • Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds: 9781426322990
  • Binoculars ($12 on Amazon)
Consumables
  • Paper notebooks
  • Colored pencils


Maker Kit: Tasty Treats 2



This is a cooking kit. These are the only kits that we don't have consumables with - I don't feel comfortable putting food in, even if it's sprinkles. This didn't need any updates, except some cleaning. They mostly circulate around the holidays. (and actually I think the cookie mold might be gone... I should look at this one again)

Kit Includes
  • Crazy about cookies: 9781402769139
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Cookie mold
  • Measuring cups

Maker Kit: Tasty Treats



This is a cooking kit. These are the only kits that we don't have consumables with - I don't feel comfortable putting food in, even if it's sprinkles. This didn't need any updates, except some cleaning. They mostly circulate around the holidays.

Kit Includes
  • Cook it: 9781465402547
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Silicone baking cups (donated by me - I purchased them for a project that didn't work out)