Lots of Pots

It has been a blast to watch the kids throw pots on the pottery wheel.  The best part is the watching the progress.  The failures and flops have taught them that not everything comes easily and some things require patience and practice, and it’s ok to mess up!  They have made so much progress and are truly proud of the pots and other creations that have made it through the process.  We are still taking pictures of everything and plan to update the website as we can with the many wonderful creations.  IMG_2664 IMG_2615
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Pallet Bike Rack

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Inspired by the clutter of bikes in our garage, our (at the time) 12 year old made this durable bike rack out of a recycled pallet and some scraps.  Cut and sanded, with a simple stand that holds it upright, it has been truly appreciated and holds 6 bikes.   It’s hard to believe we allowed the bikes to be stored any other way.

Coloring Marker Bot

We finally made a simple Coloring Marker Bot with our youngest, and it was all joy!  We originally saw this idea at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire and had to try it at home.

Materials: Plastic cup, duct tape, some markers, a motor, 1 AA battery, some wires to connect the motor and battery, and a hot glue stick.

Marker BotHow to make a Coloring Marker Bot:

1. Connect wires to your motor (ours was an up cycled motor that already had wires attached).

2. Cut about 1/3 of a hot glue stick and push it firmly onto the motor shaft, so it is off center–this is what causes the vibration that moves the bot.

3. Tape your motor to the bottom of the cup (top of Marker Bot), using duct tape.

4. Arrange and tape desired markers around the outside of the cup making sure not to interfere with hot glue stick as the motor turns. Also be sure the marker tips are evenly aligned so all colors actually mark the paper as the bot moves.

5. Tape the battery to the cup anywhere it won’t interfere with the motor, but so it can be connected properly.

6. Tape one wire from the motor to one end of the battery.  If you connect both it will start running, so be sure you are ready for that.

7. Connect the second wire to the battery once you are ready to see the bot in action.  Make sure your fingers are not near the motor.  We used duct tape but made it so the connection could easily be removed to stop the bot.

8. Put your bot on some paper and watch it go!  We used an old drawer from our pantry to help contain the bot from going off the paper.

9. Experiment with taping different things to weight the bot in certain ways and observe its movement.  Can you get it to go straight or in circles?

10. Have fun!

 

 

Snow Sculptures

A family of snow creatures created by our girls.  They include a deer (antlers and all), an owl with green eyes and a turtle with pinecone legs.  There is also a dog that is not pictured, but was quite cute.  All you need is some packing snow, sticks, rocks, leaves, pinecones, and a little imagination!  A perfect activity for a sun filled snowy day…IMG_0622IMG_0623IMG_0625turtle

NoCo Mini Maker Faire: Oct. 5th

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 1.56.28 PMOur family will be traveling to the NoCo Mini Maker Faire in a couple of weeks and we are so excited!  We actually will have a table there displaying family fun–MAKER STYLE!

GOES-R_SPACECRAFTOur 11 year old daughter will be displaying a model of the GOES-Rsatellite she is building for a school project and our other kids will have cool stuff to show off as well.  We are in the process of thinking of what we will bring, show and make that day–it has been a real inspiration to us as a family.

What IF… Festival: Saturday, Sept. 7th 10am-4pm

We are so thrilled that the What IF… Festival is only a week away.  We have been patiently waiting and are now counting down!  Here is list of the festival experiences along with a map. 6-city blocks and100 exhibits…how to choose???

We looked through the booths and exhibits and are now trying to narrow things down.  Top on our list are the 3D printers, Artful Robotic Contraptions, Giant Bubbles, Water Balloon Sling Shot, Tinker Station, Clayfest, and others.

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If you are a runner, or not, there is a Fun Run with costumes and all.  Definitely worth checking out.

Still Making

It’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve been busy making, just not keeping up with the blog.

Recently we made Brush Bots from the Maker Shed.  The kids had a blast and set up a little track for the bots to race each other.  Our biggest project is the tree house we are building in our back yard, it is a big project but we are making progress.  Doll bunk beds are being designed and constructed by our girls and our oldest made an awesome bike rack out of a repurposed pallet…all on his own!  Hopefully pictures of all these fun adventures will be added soon.