Make your Own Binocular Frames

In this activity, we will explore using cylinders to create frames for binoculars to serve as viewfinders for when we're out exploring in nature! In photography, a viewfinder is a small window the photographer looks through to see what a photo will look like before they capture it. In this case, creating a viewfinder out...

Weaving Tiny Textiles

Taking inspiration from colorful Maya textiles, in this activity we will explore the art of weaving using recycled materials. Creating textiles/weavings is an important spiritual ritual that has been practiced for thousands of years primarily by Mayan women. Maya weavers typically use cotton or wool but we will be using any type of fabric-like material...

Create Upcycled Costumes

This project is inspired by Bisa's Carnaval, written by Joana Pastro and illustrated by Carolina Coroa. This book tells the story of a young girl named Clara who's excited to take part in her favorite family holiday parade. The fun starts with the preparations. The whole family is dressing up in costumes handmade by Clara's...

Make and Shake Maracas

This project is inspired by You Come From Greatness. We are the extension of our ancestors and the creators of the future. You Come From Greatness is a celebration of Black History. Read about the people who preceded you in American history, and the greatness you could possibly achieve in your own lifetime.  Written by...

Make Tactile Emotes

This project is inspired by The Year We Learned to Fly. Jacqueline Woodson says, "Sometimes the first step toward change is closing our eyes, taking a breath, and imagining a different way." Our beautiful minds and imaginative spirits will teach us how to fly. Read the story of a girl and her brother as they...

Make Paper Dollhouses

This project is inspired by Magic Trash: The Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art. You've seen what kids at reDiscover Center can do with upcycled materials, but have you seen what a whole town can do? Tyree Guyton reclaims Detroit's crumbling communities using art. Find this book at our Chill Zone on your next...

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