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Make Minecraft in 3D

Minecraft lovers can lose themselves happily for hours in Tinkercad. It’s a free 3D design tool for beginners that helps kids construct their Minecraft world even faster. Colors map to the catalog of Minecraft materials, so they can instantly see what their 3D design would look like in the Minecraft environment.

START TINKERCRAFTING

Make a fidget spinner

Don’t buy one! Making one is more fun. Start with a paper sketch and use a simple 3D design tool like Tinkercad to create your own spinner. Or, find one in the Gallery and customize it. No 3D printer? No worries — an online 3D printing service could have it on your doorstep in days.

MAKE IT NOW

Take something apart

Find unloved, unwanted items and let the kids take them to pieces. Why? Well, first it’s fun and lets them see how things work. Then you can challenge them to reuse or repurpose the materials in new ways.

UNMAKE AN OLD COMPUTER

Make it to the local library

Little ones got you under house arrest? For learners of all levels, libraries are a great escape! Many have maker spaces to teach 3D design or 3D printing, script-writing and more. And if you can’t make it to the library, check our online resources from the American Library Association.

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Let your kids make dinner

Kids love cooking, so why not empower them with taking charge of a meal? For inspiration, dish out your cookbooks or try the Instructables food channel. Kids love the responsibility – from writing the grocery list to cleaning up!

FIND FUN RECIPES

Make with cardboard

Grab the unwanted cardboard your local store’s happy to get rid of, then throw it all in the garage or playroom for your kids to go create! Add tape and markers, and whatever they make – fort, puppet theatre, robot – you know they’ll think outside the box!

Need more inspiration? Check out Caine’s Arcade

GET CREATIVE

Turn kids into animators

Kids love making up stories, so if you have a tablet, let them learn the basics of drawing them digitally with SketchBook. Then show them how to animate their masterpieces with SketchBook Motion.

TRY OUT SKETCHBOOK

Make STEM into STEAM

Take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) then add an ‘A’ for Art. For inspiration, check out the Instructables Oakland Toy Lab collection of 100 STEAM Projects – fun can be educational!

CHECK OUT THE LAB

Visit a local maker space

Maker spaces are places where people make, learn and share. Teach your kids how things are made at places like TechShop, Maker Faires or local universities. And if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by the Autodesk Gallery and take one of the free Make and Design workshops!

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