Educational Resources

We have put this section together for parents, teachers, and educators to help you develop a simple program at home or in the classroom that encourages kids and students of all ages to create cool and fun kids crafts out of ordinary household objects.

We hope you will tailor the ideas you find below to create a program that works for you, your children and/or students. The ideas we present are not necessarily meant to be followed as a step-by-step instructional program, but should be viewed instead as a starting point.

One of the great benefits is that your kids will begin to look at everyday objects that are normally discarded in a new way — as objects not to be thrown away, but to be used instead as a resource for making cool and fun kids crafts.

We hope you'll join LooLeDo today (It's free!) and share your own kids crafts and ideas with the rest of the world.

A Hands-on Science & Enrichment Program


Supplies Needed Flyer

For our hands-on science and enrichment program

This section is available at the bottom of this page as a printable .pdf flyer that can be sent home with your students.

Help us by contributing items you normally recycle, throw out, or have around the house: paper milk cartons, juice containers, small boxes and packaging, TP and paper towel roll tubes. Also, any kind of tape and office supplies (rubber bands, paper clips) would be greatly appreciated.suppliesneededHere are some of the items that would be helpful:

Clear plastic cups img_cup Plastic garbage bag img_plasticbag
Cork (small piece) img_cork Plastic wrap img_plasticwrap
Paper towel roll pt-tube Shoebox img_shoebox
Pencil or pen img_pen Skewers img_skewers
Pie pan or baking tray img_pan Straws img_straws
Lightbulb box img_lightbulb Tape img_tape
Magnet img_magnet Thread img_thread
Milk carton img_milkcarton Wire coat-hangers img_wire
Paper or styrofoam cups img_foamcups Wooden dowel img_wooden



Five Easy Steps

Create your hands-on science program!

1. Advance Preparation!

Select a Time: Run the program at least one day a week for an hour. Consistency is important. If possible, choose a day, time, and work area that will remain the same from week to week.

Do a Dry Run: Before letting the students know about the new program, try building a kids craft to use as an example of some of the cool things they will be building.


garbadge-can2. Storage and Containers

Find Storage: Choose a safe and secure area to store supplies as well as kids crafts that are in progress or completed.

Get Containers: Plastic bins and/or trash cans work well. Try labeling the containers—plastic, paper, and miscellaneous—to help organize and keep an eye on which materials are used most or are running low. You may want a container just for milk cartons. Also, you’ll need a small container for tape, glue, scissors, rulers, and other tools.

suplies3. Supplies and Materials

Some supplies may need to be purchased up front and on an ongoing basis, such as masking tape, glue, and scissors. Make sure you have these before working with the students. Many other supplies can be obtained for free, such as small milk cartons.

Notify Parents: Copy and distribute the supplies-needed flier to all staff, parents, and students. When possible, talk with parents about your new program, explaining that any and all supplies would be greatly appreciated. Emphasize the recycling aspects — milk cartons, paper towel tubes, small boxes, etc.

Enlist Cafeteria: Work with the cafeteria staff to have them put supplies aside for you. You may offer to leave one of your containers in a convenient place for them to use.

Involve Colleagues: Encourage and remind your colleagues to bring as many supplies as possible to school on an ongoing basis.

4. Announcing the Program

Generate Interest: Hand out the supplies-needed fliers while announcing your exciting new program to the students. Show them your cool sample kids crafts and/or some of the other kids crafts in this booklet. Let the students know how much fun this program will be and the day and time on which it will be held. Get a show of hands, finding out who will initially attend.

Encourage Participation: It’s highly preferable to include only those students who want to participate. Through their enjoyment and successes, others will follow.

5.Getting Started

thunder-plain-smallLet the Students Build What They Want: Ask each student what their interests are — jets, animals, boats. Encourage them to build these things. Boys in particular may spend more time on mechanical things like jets, rockets, submarines. Let them build what they like. Try using the kids crafts in this booklet not as things to be copied but as a springboard for creative ideas. Always allow your students to explore their own creativity.

Suggest Books: Encourage your students to bring in books related to their interests that you can look at together.

Start Off Small: Suggest simple kids crafts at first, using only a few supplies. Over time, more complex kids crafts may be encouraged.

Helpful Suggestions

Offer Encouragement: Encourage the students to talk about each accomplishment.

  • How did they build their craft?
  • What supplies were used?
  • Would they like to add more to it?
  • What else could be added to dress it up?
  • What other supplies could have been used (e.g., a Pringles can instead of a paper towel tube)?

At the end of each session, save a few minutes for group sharing of ideas about building and construction techniques that worked well and ones that didn’t.

Build Wacky and Anti-Crafts: Take your program to a fun and educational level by building projects that look wacky or won’t work:

  • A crazy sculpture
  • A boat too heavy to float
  • A plane with stubby wings that wouldn’t fly
  • A three-legged horse that couldn’t run well
  • A car with wheels that barely turn

Encourage group discussions about why these projects won’t work. This is a fun and simple way to begin learning simple scientific principles.

Awards and Rewards: Praise is the best reward of all.

Rather than offering praise for the “best” craft, offer rewards for the silliest, the smallest, the most unusual, etc. Try goofy trophies made from toilet paper rolls. Some students aren’t as creative as others; having as many prize categories as kids will ensure that all participants will feel successful.

Building and Maintaining Your Program: A successful program depends on maintaining enthusiasm and having a constant flow of supplies.

Observe which supplies tend to be used the most and keep them well stocked. Continually remind students, staff, and parents to contribute supplies.

Whenever possible, have students show off their finished kids crafts so other students will want to participate. When admiring a finished craft, try displaying it to attract the attention of students who are not yet participating.

Science Tie-ins

See what's there, notice what it does, ask what else it might do. Fun!


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this booklet as a .pdf.

Click to download the supplies list as a .pdf.