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Do you remember being a kid and having an amazing idea to build something awesome? You see movies like Home Alone in which the protagonist is clever and capable enough to create sophisticated contraptions that work just as planned, and you know you can do the same. You are so full of enthusiasm and determination, yet when you set out to make your creation a reality, the result falls short of your vision.

What happened? Certainly not a lack of energy and imagination! What is often missing are the right tools, the right materials, and inspiration.

This Instructable is here to help! I'll show you an example of how you can set up a maker space for your child that addresses these roadblocks and will help transform ideas into reality!

If you enjoy this project, then check out my books: Rubber Band Engineer and Duct Tape Engineer. || More engineering projects || Everything I make

Step 1: Choose a Space and Worktable

Find a space that you don't mind getting messy!

I've staked out a spot in the bedroom and placed a small rolling desk that I found at a garage sale for $25. The keyboard tray rolls out which makes a nice active workspace while the desktop will be useful for placing tools and materials that are useful to keep on hand.

Cut a sheet of cardboard and use blue painter's tape to attach it to the working surface to protect it from markers, glue, etc. The painter's tape won't leave a sticky residue, and it will make it easier to change the cardboard later on.

<p>This is an awesome idea! Not only is it super organized storage, I think it would really keep the kids occupied for a decent amount of time! Thanks for sharing this!</p>
<p>I like this a lot, thanks for the tips.</p>
<p>Great points and process! For further resources for projects, we have a free online database with tons of tried and tested projects, many of which you can build for less than $1: http://cswnetwork.org/projects/ There is also a great book with similar projects here: http://cswnetwork.org/tinkering-kids-learn-by-making-stuff-a-new-book-inspired-by-the-science-workshops/ and we love this database of projects as well from Arvind Gupta: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys-from-trash.php</p>
<p>great tips! Thanks for writing up this process.</p>
<p>I agree! I do Girl Scout workshops, and I've seen kids as young as 5 using hot glue with no problems. Be aware when you shop---there are different types of glue guns. Always get the LOW TEMP style for kids. That's what the cheap models usually are, but donated or borrowed glue guns may be high-temp. </p>
<p>An excellent idea to encourage the kids !</p>
<p>Good ideas on searching for projects. I never thought of Pinterest.</p>
<p>This is a great plan! Getting kids started early with creative outlets is wonderful, I wish I'd started younger :) (well, besides taking apart everything I got my hands on)</p>
<p>Thanks :) I think taking apart old appliances is a great way to learn about the world we live in.</p>
<p>Beautiful. Thanks for these great ideas.</p><p>I am currently working with our library to start up an electronics club. This idea may be great for setting up a tiny Maker Space for the kids. Also, the library is starting a Tinkerer group for pre-teen girls - I am showing this to our librarian, she may be interested in this for the girls, too.</p>
<p>Great! Glad you found it to be helpful :)</p>
<p>Awesome! </p>

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