1. make [meyk] verb
    1.  to build, create, or produce (something) by work or effort  
    2. to cause (something) to exist, happen, or appear  

Things are what you MAKE of them, right?

You can build a better mousetrap.  It just takes some imagination and engineering.  You can make someone’s day.  It just takes caring and kindness.  You can help make dinner with a little planning and preparation.  The idea of MAKING can be turned inside out and fueled with curiosity and propelled with creativity.   

Everyone is a maker.

Literally, we can make things.  Can you make a tower?  Now, can you make it even taller?  Can you make a picture for a friend?  What about a hat? Can you make a silly hat to wear?  What are all the things you could make with cardboard and tape?  The possibilities are endless.  Our lives are full of problems to be solved, and you can apply the spirit of making to developing solutions.   

Making things says who we are.

Making is also about expression and individuality.  We make things that express our emotions, our feelings about the world and each other, our thoughts and ideas, our opinions.  Making shows us who you are on the inside, and even helps you get to know yourself better.     

Making things takes us places.

And making also takes you, and connects you to your family, your community and your world.  You can make a difference for all the people you see and spend time with, and in all the places you go.  Think about it.  When you smile, does someone smile back?  When you pick up a piece of trash off the sidewalk, who and how are you helping?  What are all the ways you can make the world a better place?  

Noon Year’s Event

This theme of MAKING will run from November through December, culminating with a celebration of MAKING at Kentucky Science Center’s Noon Year’s event over the New Year holiday.  After reading some book selections that get your maker juices flowing, we will offer activities and events that allow you and your little ones to imagine, build, tinker, test, create, explore and share their ideas.  There will be lots of opportunities for making friends, making things and making their little piece of our big world just a little bit better for everyone.

Suggested Reading List

  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
  • What to Do with A Box by Jane Yolen
  • Flight of the Honeybee by Raymond Huber
  • The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spire
  • The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan
  • Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde

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