DIY Cupcake Flower Lights via Oh Happy Day
It’s not just the current wave of open-sourced, 3-D printables or Raspberry Pi computers that are inspiring kids and creating a new generation of makers and hackers. Good ‘ol fashioned crafts can also have a huge impact in shaping a child’s view of what’s possible.
Anyone who has ever worked on a sewing project from beginning to end has acquired critical maker skills—following a pattern, figuring out how construction works, customizing your creation by using your own fabric or trimming (or, by altering the pattern itself!), and then finishing that final stitch and viewing the end result—all of these steps teach you invaluable making skills. The exact same making skills that web designers and software developers use everyday!
To get your kids crafting this summer, we’ve pulled together a great list of our favorite online resources.
The sister magazine to Make, Craft has a slew of fun projects to work on.
Martha, Martha, Martha! From painted rocks to shell animals, Martha Stewart has a good selection of old school crafts for kids.
Crafts galore! Hundreds of projects for crafty kids.
In addition to the sites above, blogs are also a great source for free, fun projects.
From sun prints to tie dyes, The Long Thread blog has fun crafts for kids and adults, too!
This design and lifestyle blog has great kid craft ideas mixed in with the fabulous party projects and entertaining advice.
Bloesem Kids is part of the Bloesem family of blogs that were created by two design-conscious ladies. There are hundreds of beautiful crafts on the site.
When you or your kids are done hacking, making or crafting, DIY is a great site that allow you to share your projects with others.
And, once they’ve mastered sewing and sharing, bring on the circuits. With a little extra work, they can create a fab sewing project that blinks and beeps!