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Summer is coming. Expect boredom.

| by Delanie Holton

Our kids used to have it all. A mom who was a teacher meant that summers were all about the kids. My oldest remembers spending every day at the pool; hiking, camping, and all day adventures. Well, now this momma and poppa team have to work in the summer. Sure we work for ourselves, but there is still work to be done and not everyday can be spent poolside. You know what, it's good for them. They are part of a family and everyone in our family has jobs, pursues passions, and supports one another (in theory, right?).

I have come to terms with the notion that it is not my job to entertain my kids 24 hours/day. Even if I think its really fun to hang with them all day. We have a home and a shop where the kids are free to play and when ignored just the right amount, they find ways to play and create without the parental song and dance. My new mantra, "your boredom is not my responsibility."

We've been talking a lot with our camp staff about creating experiences that have just the right about of support, structure, and adult intervention. This takes knowing your kids, trusting that they are capable of just a little more than your first instinct. The best experiences for kids are those that feel like they are co-constructed. Adults, your job is safety, supplies, and environment. This does not require hours of pinning amazing summer activities to orchestrate. All that is required is that you give your kids access to their toys, art supplies, and an environment to play. The kids bring the action and imagination. For instance, my kids were wandering around the house yesterday with a  bored look. I asked some simple questions that helped guide their thinking towards an activity:

  • Outside or inside?
  • Game or toys?
  • Individual or group? 

Sometimes kids just need a hand in pairing down the endless choices they have in their play. Boredom is often just the inability to make a decision and stick with it. They chose outside, the bin of guys, and to play together. For the next two hours, they created an entire world of adventure guys in the front yard. Boredom thwarted, for now. 

How are you empowering your kids to create their own summer fun? 

If all else fails, send them to us. We're building and playing all summer long. Starting next month, we'll have open Tinker Time 3:30-6pm M-F. There are also a few camps with availability. 

Delanie

 

 

New shop. New website. Spring is here.

| by Delanie Holton

Spring is in full effect around here and we couldn't be more excited for this season of growth and renewal. Thanks to all our supporters on Kickstarter and our great clients and families, we’ve been working in our new shop space for  about a month. The space is light, bright, and feels so right. We are full of gratitude to all of the fine folks, craftspeople and artists who lent a hand during this process. We commissioned artist, Jack Ludlam to photograph some of our favorite tools and Illustrator, Paul Michael helped out with some friendly reminders for our walls and it all came together beautifully. 

 

Our new workshop has allowed us to bring in some great new teachers and workshops including a welding and wiring basics workshop with the talented, Bonnie Gregory and our first family friendly workshop on backyard beekeeping. We’ve also been able to invite school groups to visit the shop. Second grade students from Polaris came in to connect to their learning around simple machines. Students each took on a  different challenge and worked to make a functional machine using wood and other materials.

 

We are pulling out the stops and we want to share this makerspace with you. We worked closely with the folks over at Outspoke Group, to design a website that makes it easier than ever to search and register the perfect workshop, event, or class. With the launch of our new space and our new site, we  want to  say thank you for making our dreams of a beautiful and well stocked shop a reality.

Use the Code: MAKETHINGSHERE15 to take 15% of any workshop, camp, or product until Friday, April 15th and please, share this deal with your people.

Love,

Delanie, Jon, Milo, and Wyatt

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