It’s the Summer of Making and GCM has you covered with stories to inspire your little ones to tinker, build, and create all summer long. Here are a few stories of inventive makers to get your Summer of Making started!
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Molly Lou’s Grandma didn’t grow up with expensive toys but instead created her own out of materials like twigs and flowers. After hearing this, Molly Lou is inspired to make her own toys just like Grandma! This is a great read to teach little learners about being inventive with the materials you have and using your imagination to create something new!
Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
Virena’s papa has yet to create a perfect invention, until one day Virena asks ‘Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fish?’ Sparked by his daughter’s question, Papa heads to his workshop to create a magnificent submarine. Virena and her papa’s story promotes solving through trial-and-error and shows children how to cope with challenges and failures.
Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds
It’s time for this y ear’s Going Places go-cart contest! Maya’s classmates get identical go-cart kits and scramble to build them, but Maya is in no rush. Who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to win the race? This story celebrates creativity and teaches that there isn’t just one way of doing things.
Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall
Dawson’s motto is that everything can be used again! He collects thrown-away junk and turns it into incredible inventions. One day, Dawson creates a machine to do his chores for him, but did he invent something a little too awesome? Gall’s graphic novel inspires kiddos to reuse, repurpose, and recycle to make something new and inventive.
By Carlynn Arcese, Glazer Children’s Museum