Maker Fest at BNS

The 2nd Annual MAKERFEST rocked the Brooklyn New School cafeteria on January 30. Children of all ages filled the room, painting, weaving, printing, sawing, sanding, sewing and MAKING from 5:30-8:30. Find & Seek brought many recycled materials and colorful tape, and had a weaving area with two large free-standing looms.

 Making a house with the big kids!

Making a house with the big kids!

 All ages enjoyed weaving.

All ages enjoyed weaving.

 A kind daddy cut windows in our cardboard "house."

A kind daddy cut windows in our cardboard "house."

 Little ones always love to get into cardboard boxes. We know this, yet every time it happens, the joy is renewed!

Little ones always love to get into cardboard boxes. We know this, yet every time it happens, the joy is renewed!

 Robin Koo of Beginnings Nursery/Teaching Beyond the Square.

Robin Koo of Beginnings Nursery/Teaching Beyond the Square.

I was thrilled that Robin Koo of Teaching Beyond the Square could join in the fun at our Find & Seek area. She brought some beautiful open-ended materials from the collection housed at Beginnings Nursery School in NYC. Beginnings, an excellent private preschool run by Jane Racoosin, started the nonprofit Teaching Beyond the Square, to bring their extensive library of recycled and natural materials to the public sector, and to follow their dream of opening up a materials center somewhere in the city. Currently the nonprofit has been sponsoring the Wonder of Learning, the Reggio Emilia exhibition on view at Williamsburg Northside School (299 N 7th St Brooklyn NY 11211) until May 13. More on that amazing phenomenon in an upcoming blogpost!