Our maker world is full of dangerous things like power tools, computers, and stuff that blows up to make awesome projects; things that no child should be using (normally), but that does not need to stop your child from working on a project of their own. Here we will see examples of young makers and projects that us, more experienced makers, can do with them. After all kids can make the darndest things.
My list for amazing kids is long and at the top is my very own nephew, Nate. Endlessly fascinated by science and the human body he, with some help from his father, has started a podcast. At the mature age of 5 he is interviewing scientists from all over the country. Covering topics from cell biology to Santa, this small scientist will knock your socks off. Each episode ends with him telling his dad he can stop the recording now and it’s the most adorable thing ever.
A great way to get your young scientist started is in the kitchen. Your kitchen is the lab you use every day to change the state of things from liquid to gas, and excite molecules in all sorts of ways. If you’re like me, you’ll want to brush up on your own kitchen science with a few episodes of Alton Brown’s show “Good Eats“. Once that is done grab your mini lab partner and get cooking. Here is a link to some fun experiments to get you started.
Projects for young makers don’t have to stay confined to the kitchen. From electronics to kite building there are lots of ways to keep them in the shop and away from the television. The best way is to start with the basics and learning the hand full of essential skills every maker needs. Here are a few helpful links for you and your small maker.
So get out there fellow makers and help make the next generation great while making great memories!