There’s a movement sparking through our world that brings the old crafts of hands-on building together with the new technologies on the market to grow a new generation of innovation and experimentation. We have dads building light concentrators, moms making wireless chargers, and kids creating their own game sets. Is your family ready for the Maker Movement?
Break through the ideas of what is possible in your home with these 15+ YouTube Maker Channels that are guaranteed to get your kids creating new (possibly dangerous) ideas!
* Now, I do have to be a responsible mom/blogger/homeschool parent and mention that it’s probably best that you don’t let the kids just go wild with these channels and it might be a (VERY!) good idea to watch with or before them!
1. Kids Make – Kids Make is the kids version of Make:Magazine’s YouTube channel with videos on everything from game machines to drones and even interviews with other makers.
2. Maker Faire – Billed as the “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” Maker Faires are springing up all over the globe, and the Maker Faire channel has official videos from many of them.
3. Grant Thompson – “The King of Random” – He’s built everything from a LEGO candy mold to a metal foundry and shows how to do it all with weekly videos from his back yard.
4. JK Brickworks – These makers have turned their attention towards LEGO sets and have videos on all kinds of kinetic, mechanical, and motorized LEGO builds.
5. Babble Dabble Do – Part science experiments, part DIY projects, and all colorful fun! Babble Dabble Do is a fun channel to introduce kids to all kinds of fun making.
6. I Like to Make Stuff – From understanding circuits and custom license plates to making a Bluetooth scoreboard and a Viking Helm, I Like to Make Stuff has tons of “making” ideas!
7. DIY Creators – If you’re interested in serious creating with power tools or setting up your family’s own workshop, DIY Creators is a great channel for you!
8. HomeMadeModern – Kids like concrete or interior design? HomeMadeModern is a great place for them to start with small, interesting projects they can use around the house.
9. Ana White – If your kids are interested in woodworking or home building, Ana White of Knock Off Wood has plans for everything from chairs to a full house!
10. 3D Printing Nerd – 3D printing sound cool to your kids? Check out the 3D Printing Nerd’s page for everything from printer unboxing to tutorials and print reviews.
11. Maker’s Muse – A guy in Sydney talks about everything 3D Printer related. He has reviews, instructional videos, and project ideas.
12. SonicDadDotCom – With over 80 projects, SonicDad.com is a great place for newbie makers to get started!
13. Creative Channel – With everything from a gaming steering wheel for your phone to a quadcopter from a plastic box, Creative Channel is full of fun making ideas. This is definitely one to watch as a family! (Hint, hint: Watch as a family means mom or dad really need to check it out first!!)
14. TinkerLab – As one of the newer kids’ making channels, TinkerLab has a good start towards fun, creative, artistic making projects for your kids to enjoy.
15. Make: Workshop – This Make:Magazine channel has tons of projects and ideas for a more advanced maker. Check it out with the older kids!
16. TheMrFinneth – A teen who builds houses by hand? Yep! See how a 15 year old spends his spare time building popsicle stick houses through time-lapse photography!
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