Just posting a little wrap-up of our Global Makeathon program at Brooklyn Public Library last weekend. To keep with the "Make and Munch" theme, we created creatures and monsters using eating utensils, like paper plates and popsicle sticks, then animated them using Little Bits. We also experimented a bit with Play-Doh and the new Makey Makey Bit. The program actually drew in quite a few families with very young children, between the ages of 3 and 5. A bit too young for the official program, but they actually had a great time. Here are some comments from Jason, the librarian who ran the program:
Everyone was super excited for the program. There was one little boy who kept adding more and more things to his circuit, and every time he'd make a new thing work (whether or not it
was efficient), he'd get excited and call me over to see it.
There were a couple cute tiny kids who had parents making lighted circuits and making them freak out (in a good way) over the lights and colors.
There was one little girl to whom I demonstrated my MaKey MaKey frog. I had her push the frog-button, itdidn't work (she didn't have the grounding lead), then I pushed it, and it did
work (because I had the lead). She squealed "ooo! Magic!!"
Kind of interesting to see how the bits can actually work pretty well with very young kids (as long as parents, staff or caregivers are there to help).