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Klever Tools for Kreating – and a Kontest!

We are finally in full swing with gifted classes and the after-school Maker Club.  As I’ve mentioned, we are participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge.  I thought I would share with you some great supplies that you may want to purchase if you have money to invest (particularly grant money).

With a grant we received this year, I bought a huge supply of Classroom Kits from Makedo.  These pieces are great for inspiring imaginative cardboard projects.  My favorite pieces in our sets are the hinges, but the hole puncher tools are invaluable, too.  I do not currently see the Classroom Kit available (it appears to be sold out), but I do see a “Make Anything Kit” that has new, interesting tools like “scrus” and a “scrudriver.”  One caveat if you are planning to buy from this company is to check with your school about rules for purchasing.  The company is in Australia, and does not accept purchase orders (but they do accept checks and credit cards.) There are some products from them on Amazon, but the Classroom Kits are not yet available through that route.

Makedo Classroom Kit
Makedo Classroom Kit

Speaking of Amazon, get thee to their site to get this great deal on a 5-pack of Klever Kutters (you can purchase these other places, but this is the best deal I’ve found).  Last year, my students really enjoyed using the safety saws that came with the Makedo kit.  Even when I offered to use my box cutters to help them, many students turned me away because they loved the independence the saws gave them.  However, they can take an awfully long time to cut a flap off of a box.  So, this year I ordered a bunch of Klever Kutters (thanks to several of my GT co-workers who saw them mentioned at a conference).  I LOVE these tools.  They are super safe (even safer than scissors in my opinion), and give the students a lot more autonomy while creating.  I still use the box cutters for cutting shapes that need to be more exact out of the boxes, but I have to do a lot less running around with the kids supplied with Klever Kutters.

Klever Kutter
Klever Kutter

With our grant money, we are also receiving some Classroom Kits from Little Bits, and I’m hoping some of my students who already have Little Bits experience from last year will find ways to incorporate them into their Cardboard Creations (make things buzz or light up or something even more fantastic!).  By the way, if you buy anything from Little Bits, be sure to sign up for the Educator Discount (and they do take Purchase Orders, so call their Customer Service number for information on how to go about doing that).  Little Bits has added all kinds of new things since the end of last school year, so be sure to check out their site if you haven’t visited for awhile.

Little Bits Premium Kit
Little Bits Premium Kit

Don’t have any money to buy these awesome supplies?  Check out the Global Cardboard Challenge Make-a-Movie-Trailer Contest; the winners will receive either a Makedo Set or a Little Bits set!

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Gifts for the Gifted 2013

image from the Makedo Blog
image from the Makedo Blog

Last year, I started a series of Friday posts in November called, “Gifts for the Gifted.”  I teach gifted elementary students, and parents often ask me about possible gift ideas as the holidays approach.  If you missed last year’s posts, or would like to revisit them, here is a link to get you started.  Also, I keep a Pinterest board with gift suggestions.

By the way, don’t be fooled by the title.  “Gifts for the Gifted” just sounded better than “Gifts to Engage Your Kids in Learning While They Think They’re Just Having Fun.”

Also, I don’t get paid for these posts – so all of my suggestions are based on my very humble opinion.

To get this party started, I’m going to recommend you take a look at the Makedo website.  Let’s face it, besides when you move, the only other time you are faced with a bunch of boxes is during the holidays.  And Makedo can give your child the tools for transforming those boxes into characters, works of art, magical vehicles, and arcade games.  With guided kits, the new Box Props selection, and all sorts of child-friendly tools like saws, hinges, and clips, there will be no limit to your child’s imagination.

I got to experience the Makedo products firsthand when we participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge.  The students loved the flexibility that the hinges and clips gave them.  Some of them were frustrated with the saws, but others insisted on using them even when I offered to cut something out with the box-cutter.  More than a few completely changed their project designs when they saw the new options available to them from the kit I ordered.

You know those holiday afternoons when everyone is stuffed and zoned in front of the t.v., boxes and wrapping paper strewn everywhere? How about having a Family Cardboard Challenge?  Kids going stir crazy during those numerous days off from school?  Put them in a room with a bunch of boxes and a Makedo kit.  You will be amazed at the hours of intense concentration on creation!

If you want to inspire them, here are a couple of videos that might spark their imagination:

Caine’s Arcade

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