Art that Pops

In 2005 I ran into a friend from graduate school on the streets of SOHO in NYC. She worked at Scholastic at the time and we exchanged contact info. A few days later she contacted me and asked if I would create a kid’s creativity book for the Scholastic School Book Fair program. The requirements were few, mostly I just needed to create a book filled with imaginative tutorials including step by step images. I created this book and it was published in the Spring of 2006. It sold at school book fairs for a few years until it was retired.

 

 

Because this text is no longer available to purchase through Scholastic I have scanned it and am sharing it as a downloadable PDF. In a time of Covid-19 sheltering in place we need ideas to use our imagination. These are fun projects for kids and adults. Enjoy!

 

Click to access Art-That-Pops-By-Cyndi-Coon.pdf

Art That Pops

Cyndi Coon Author and Illustrator

©2006 Scholastic

48 pages Paperback

Out of Print ISBN – 0-43981337-9

Makey Makey

Just add a banana!

 

Girls involved in tech and coding is the best. All of us at Laboratory5 love all things STEAM especially science and engineering so the Makey Makey concept gets us pretty excited. What can you do with a Makey Makey kit?You can turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads! You can connect the world around you to your computer! You do not need any programing knowledge.  This is a great summer activity!

Order a kit from these folks
Kit Contents:
Makey Makey Board, USB Cable, 7 Alligator Clips, 6 Connector Wires, Instructions with Visual Project Start Guide, Online Documentation, and 20 Color Stickers. Be stoked! The Giftable Collector’s Edition (available in drop down menu) also comes with collector’s tin and in a large retail box.

Educating with nature

At Tiny Trees school in Seattle education through interaction with nature is the name of the game.  I first heard about this place on an NPR story. I was so impressed that I had to investigate their activities. They have really figured out how to get kids outside. Their model should be used nationwide.

 

Check out their methods at TINY TREES

Here is what they have to say:

We help children learn to read, succeed at math and explore the wild where they receive both a world class science education and a gleefully muddy childhood: one full of play, exploration and wonder in the great outdoors.

Our mission is to use outdoor classrooms to make a quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.

Our vision is to create a community where all children have access to high quality education and develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed to thrive in school and life.