Scholastic Bookfairs and Makerspaces
One of the most frequent questions I get about Makerspaces is how to fund them. There’s a lot of creative ways to do this, including DonorsChoose projects, writing grants and asking for donations. Another great option is to take a look at funding sources you may already have. Many schools out there host Scholastic Bookfairs every year, and while these events are great for adding new books to your collection, they’ve also got a lot of great resources and products for Makerspaces. This post features some of my favorites.
Book Browser with Plastic Bins
This book browser (which is actually a Copernicus classroom library cart) is probably my favorite item for Makerspaces from the Scholastic School Resource Catalog. Finding organization methods that work for Makerspaces has always been a challenge for me. Then I got one of these carts at my fall bookfair. It was amazing for storing arts & crafts supplies and made a great mobile Makerspace – I could wheel it out for events and then store it when not in use. Recently, I repurposed it into a K’nex storage cart and it’s been amazing. I plan on getting another one to organize our LEGOs.
I got one of these toolkits to go with our Tech Take-Apart pop-up station and it’s worked great. My only recommendation is the remove the hammer, otherwise your deconstruction zone can quickly turn into a destruction zone.
Books with project ideas and inspiration are essential for any Makerspace. We support our students’ interests with books, so we should make sure to have Maker books. Scholastic has a ton of great books for Makerspace libraries. These are a few of the ones I found:
- LEGO Play Book
- Minecraft books
- Arts & Crafts Library II Set
- Origami Safari Set
- Calling All Innovators Set
- Calling All Innovators II Set
- Cool Stuff Set
- You Can Draw It! II Set
- You Can Draw It! III Set
There’s often great craft supplies at the fair and in the catalog. In the fair you’ll often see things like washi tape and craft packs with instructions and supplies. The catalog sometimes includes things like origami paper.
Maker Inspiration Decor
I love to decorate my Makerspace with posters and other things to inspire creativity in my students. Scholastic’s Pop! Charts posters are fantastic for this.