I recently opened a “maker space” in the school library where I work. In some libraries, maker space refers to a spot for a 3-D printer; in mine, it means something more basic: recyclables, masking tape, glue sticks and scissors.
The kids (grades 3-5) decided to make a shoebox house for a library elf–a mythical creature they hope to lure to our library with some luxe real estate. The project is collaborative, with each group of kids adding to what the others started. I’ve been amazed, watching as the structure grew and grew–the pad even has a pool and barbecue. Although I’ve only had a light hand in the project, I do occasionally get out my glue gun to solidify the foundation.
Our maker space rules are simple: share the space; build, don’t break; and when class is over, clean up the blizzard of little bits of paper scattered all over the carpet.
5 thoughts on “Creative Kid: Shoebox House”
I wish I had a library teacher like you!
Thank you! That’s sweet. I hope the kids feel the same way.
This is so great! I hope the library elf comes to visit!
Me too. Otherwise this mansion’s going to sit on the market, I’m afraid.
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