He had the opportunity to co-author the cardboarder skill for diy.org. He then blogged about the process of writing a skill. He also experimented with sculpting his avatar and drawing it on sandpaper, then transferring it onto a custom T-shirt.He figured out he had to write and draw the image in reverse for it to iron on as he had intended it to look.
He designed a scene for his monster truck stop motion. The hot air balloon is paper mache, he explored various baskets before he found one he liked. The car on the bottom right is a paper craft which involves more fine motor and patience than I have. He spent a lot of time on the details of the boat.
Here you can see his favorite teams, but I love the way he's experimented with so many different materials. The Phillies shirt at the top was fabric markers. The hat is made from duct tape. He created a stencil and used fabric paint for the other T-shirt. The iTouch case has a felted "P" then was sewn, the duct tape Phillies wallet, Phillies carved in a pumpkin, and even his Minecraft skin is supporting his favorite team. The small helmet was a jello mold that he had poured plaster into, then custom painted. He then decided it would make a cool snow globe. The Miami dolphins decal is made from duct tape.
Diy.org had a challenge to make your avatar. He had made it on a T-shirt above, but then also decided to make it using duct tape. He then made an avatar mask using felt and the same process he likes for duct tape stencils. Diy had shared a picture of a bear claw sign they had by a door, that gave him the idea to try something similar with layered cardboard. The portrait is a duct tape stencil of Isaiah Saxon, one of diy.org's co-founders. The real world moves much slower than kid's sense of time. He had really wanted patches of his favorite diy skills. At the time they were still being made, so ds made duct tape patches of his favorite skills. He also thought it would be fun to have diy duct tape, so he made that too.
This is just a small sampling of his cooking experience that year. The pasta sauce and cakes were all made from scratch.
Here he casted rabbit tracks in the snow. He experimented more with felt. The pet snail was really fun. The ant was a dollar store kit that he then spray painted. He experimented with the ant on a green screen adding it to different scenes.
I've removed local swim team information and logos here, hence the white areas, but he made a display rack for his swimming ribbons. He's a sports fan. For the Super Bowl he transformed an old town rug into a Puppy Bowl field. We had some samples of flooring which he turned into a basketball court during March madness. This was his first exploration with a geodesic dome, which took on a baseball theme. The bicycle was made from Wikki Sticks and the hockey rink is made from styrofoam and soda bottle plastic.
He met with the Children's librarian and suggested they start a local maker club. This page shows a bulletin board he put together for them, the diy flag he made, and the club logo he designed. He has since volunteered there 2.5-5 hours a week plus putting in another hour or two at home planning the events and gathering future event ideas.
He needs a punch card for duct tape. All of these were made from duct tape. Why does it stick to itself when I try to use it?
Here he's exploring with science, creating model cell, DNA, butterfly life cycle (in which he used actual photos from raising butterflies), bristle bots, circuits, rubber band cars, growing crystals, and testing bridges.
He made many launching apparatuses that year and was able to compare techniques.
The architecture were made from templates, the robot was from a kit found on clearance but his first experience with motionators, the diy bear paw was done freehand, and he designed the Oreo Perler bead.
Yes, he actually did this and wouldn't you know it, someone came to the door - LOL. He had a marble run going down the stairs, around the foyer, then had a pulley bringing marbles back upstairs.
Scultping, snow, and ice exploration.
Just a few of his cardboard projects that year. The car is actually carved from layers of cardboard that he glued together. The wheels actually turn too. He used lollipop sticks for the strap attachment on the flip flops. I love how he customized them with his favorite things.
More random explorations of materials and processes.
He explored Lego Mindstorms, made a Lego stop motion with the Ninjago set, built a Lego town with his brother and made a city stop motion. He also built a Lego replica of their karate studio.
More paper crafting, some with moving parts.
DIY toys and games.
This is a sampling of projects he decided to do one school year. He certainly had a blast doing these projects. I love how they show his personality and uniqueness. These are the actual picture collages from his portfolio, in which I've kept a summary for each academic year. These projects are as valid as his traditional academic work and standardized test scores. What if I hadn't preserved time in our schedule and space for him to make or valued his interest in making?