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Makey Makey :A MAKER's Tool for all Ages

What is Makey Makey? Makey Makey is a board that is connected to your computer that allows you to turn everyday objects into a keyboard. You can also learn to CODE with Makey Makey using the Scratch platform.


I saw Makey Makey in action on various websites, and knew it was something I really wanted to try out. I was visiting the local Barnes & Noble bookstore and saw it there. After saving for it I then went back and got it! I am very pleased and happy with this purchase. I believe it was $49.99. The joy of being able to see kids create with this will make this investment priceless. 
Before opening the package I perused the Makey Makey website and saw a Gallery of inspiration from other Makey Makers that had shared their inventions. After 20 minutes I was ready to give it a go. I had bananas on hand, because I already knew I wanted to try out the first project that the creators of Makey Makey used as an example to get you started. 


That's me playing the Banana Drum. I couldn'…

Crafternoon STEAM Sessions with The Geeky Nanny: 5 Maker Activities to Get this Party Started

I have really been busy behind the scenes getting our Studio ready for childcare licensing approval. It is such an exciting adventure as we prepare to expand our services. 

The Studio resides in my home that was previously licensed by the State of Michigan for 10 years. It is located in a separate area from living quarters and on a separate floor, with a designated entrance for clients only. In September of 2013 I had decided that I wanted to try working with children outside of my home and decided not to renew my license again. Through this journey I discovered that I loved nannying and started the agency. Our goals for applying for childcare licensing through the State of Michigan is to be able to offer school aged drop-in programs, and a preschool program in my home beyond the calendar days that one may operate such activity without a State of Michigan issued license. We also want our programs to be accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). …