- make [meyk] verb
- to build, create, or produce (something) by work or effort
- to cause (something) to exist, happen, or appear
Things are what you MAKE of them, right?
You can build a better mousetrap with a little imagination and engineering. You can make someone’s day with a little caring and kindness. You can help make dinner with a little planning and preparation. The idea of MAKING can be turned inside out fueled with curiosity and propelled with creativity.
Everyone is a maker.
Literally, we can make things. Can you make a tower? Now, can you make it even taller? Can you make a picture for a friend? Can you make a silly hat? What are all the things you could make with cardboard and tape? The possibilities are endless. Our lives are full of problems to be solved, and you can apply the spirit of making to developing solutions.
Making things says who we are.
Through making we express our individuality. We give shape to our emotions, our feelings about the world and each other. We make our thoughts and ideas a reality. Seeing what we have made shows us who we are. It helps us to know ourselves better.
Making things takes us places.
Think about all the ways making connects you to your family, your community, the world. Imagine all the ways you can make a difference through making. Even small things make a difference. When you smile, does someone smile back? When you pick up a piece of trash off the sidewalk, who and how are you helping? Something small can make a big difference in making our world a better place.
Suggested Reading List
- Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
- Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
- What to Do with A Box by Jane Yolen
- Flight of the Honeybee by Raymond Huber
- The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spire
- The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan
- Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde