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Paper Circuits Folder Story: Five Little Fireflies

September 4, 2015

I’ve been playing with paper circuits quite a bit this summer. Jill Dawson’s recent Halloween Tunnel Book (it’s amazing, be sure to check it out!) inspired me to make a much simpler project: a paper circuit folder story (rhyme). The rhyme comes from the King County Library System Rhymes and Songs page. Five Little Fireflies […]

Maker Monday: Paper Circuits

August 31, 2015

For makers looking to include art in their STEM programming, paper circuits are a great way to both teach electronics and allow for plenty of creative freedom. I introduced paper circuits at a Circuit Sewing Camp at Kirkwood Community College and they proved to be the preferred medium of some of the campers. With basic art […]

Maker Monday: Magnets

July 13, 2015

This week’s Maker Monday highlights magnets. Magnets impact so much in our world (and are just plain fun!). Do not do loose magnet projects with children who put things in their mouths. Preschool Magnet Play Magnet Painting. Inspiration from Left Brain Craft Brain. Magnet Busy Play Jar. What We Do All Day keeps kids busy and […]

Making Monday: Toothbrush Robots

July 6, 2015

Mini robots created with parts from old toothbrushes (both standard and electric) take center stage today. Bristlebots Bristlebots are a popular “first robot” project with many sets of instructions available on the Internet. The Show-Me Librarian has a great step-by-step poster from her Bristlebot program. Handy for anybody, but especially large groups. The video from Make […]

Making Monday: Sun, Wind & Water

June 22, 2015

Wind, water and sun, the staples of summer fun — and renewable energy. Kits for Iowa Educators University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education is the go-to place for Iowa teachers/librarians wanting to do free energy projects with kids. Individuals may purchase the kits. Anybody can download the lesson materials for free. Kits include: […]

Making Monday: National Week of Making

June 15, 2015

June 12-18 is the National Week of Making, which coincides with last weekend’s National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C. If you tweet about any projects you do this week, add the hashtag #weekofmaking. Let’s look at a few tutorials for kids’ projects at the Faire. Lockpicking. Specialized tools can be purchased from MakerShed or you can […]

Making Monday: Music Projects for Makers

June 8, 2015

The beginning of a weekly extension of the Coding & Making Resource list I put together for Iowa Tech Chicks and also featured on this blog. This week, the focus is music projects for makers. Music Projects for Makers Makey Makey Famous for the Makey Makey banana keyboard, there are many musical projects you can try […]

Coding and Making Resources for Youth

June 7, 2015

A version of this post promoting summer coding and making activities originally appeared on Iowa Tech Chicks with additional Iowa City/Cedar Rapids-specific information. Coding Short Hour of Code activities to longer multipart courses. Start by building snowflakes with Elsa and Anna from Frozen and work up to learning JavaScript and creating phone apps. CodeAcademy: started […]

Flannel Friday JavaScript: Little Mouse

January 30, 2015

I’m contributing a distinctly non-flannel Flannel Friday: an online interactive version of Little Mouse, the popular storytime game, using JavaScript. Thanks to my eldest for his help and Trent Richardson for his jQuery Impromptu extension. The code is available on Github. Pull requests that improve and extend the code are most welcome! Mouse icon made by Freepik from, licensed by CC […]