Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Roosevelt Island Day Nursery Hosting Makers Tent For June 11 Roosevelt Island Day - Seeking Donations Of Unwanted Materials To Upcycle And Repurpose

The Roosevelt Island Day Nursery (RIDN)

  Image From RIDN

is hosting a June 11 "Makers" event

as part of Roosevelt Island Day and is asking for donations of unwanted materials to upcycle and re-purpose. According to RIDN Assistant Director Tamara Troadec:
"Maker" events are popping up across the US and many other countries. Maker events are part of a global trend that views children as highly competent and capable, and honors their imagination and natural ingenuity by offering a selection of exciting materials and the space to work with them, unhurried, whether alone or in collaboration with others.

RIDN is very excited to be sponsoring our own first annual "Maker Tent" at Good Shepherd Plaza, from 12-3, on Saturday, 6/11. Everyone who participates will receive a fun and unique "Maker" memento to take home. Low tables will be made available for smaller children, and drying racks for projects will also be on-hand.

Make/Explore/Invent/Play: What You Can Do at the Maker Tent.

At the Maker Tent, children and grownups will be able to create art or sculpture to take home, tinker with materials, or just play around. There will be traditional art materials (paper, markers, glue, scissors, etc), as well as lots and lots of junk and "loose parts" to inspire ideas and exploration.

Seeking Donations of Unwanted Materials to Upcycle & Repurpose

So far, RIDN has collected lots of great junk: buttons, yarn, old Christmas ornaments, eyeglasses, phone cases, fabric, and corks, to name a few. If you happen to have any junk/collections you wish to get rid of, please consider donating it for this community event.

Junk Sought:
  • fabric scraps/swatches,
  • carpet or tile,
  • little containers (with or without lids),
  • wood pieces,
  • picture frames,
  • paper,
  • envelopes,
  • clean plasticware,
  • ribbon, string, yarn,
  • natural materials (stones, pinecones, seashells, etc),
  • biodegradable packing peanuts,
  • screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, wire cutters (mini or small-sized versions),
  • costume jewelry, 
  • old computer keyboards, 
  • old electronics, cameras, clocks, 
  • art materials (paint, glue, tape, canvas, brushes, markers, pencils), 
  • random doodads (a bead, a key, a marker cap), 
  • etc.
Contact: Tamara Troadec, Assistant Director, 212.935.3747, or assistantdirector@ridn.org
Here's more on Maker Faires

for kids.

More on June 11 Roosevelt Island Day

at this previous post.