Firstly there are lots of things I take into consideration when gathering resources
I almost always start by visiting Pinterest - as a very visual learner Pinterest gives me what I need quickly as I can scan for an image that captures my interest. Sometimes all I need to to see the image to spark an idea! I have a Makerspace Pinterest board where I pin all of my ideas and resources (usually added to daily......any or all of my boards might interest you so check them out). Click HERE to view my Pinterest Page, 'follow me' to see my pins on your feed.
Usually the rotations in the Makerspace are hands on and all creative (STEAM driven) so I design the activities and make any support material, instruction videos etc myself. This week it has been different as the Junior classes were looking for some 'basic building blocks' activities so I accessed pre made resources to save myself time (although in hindsight there was a lot of printing and laminating so it definitely took a lot more time that any previous sessions) it certainly saved me 'reinventing the wheel'.
Here's a few links to the resources I used this week
Year 0/1 ABC rotations
Year 2's Robot Rotations
For the Robot building station I did a Google Search and found a few simple Robot images using cardboard rolls and left them scattered on the table for inspiration. I filled the centre of the table with materials and ensured the learners knew this was a quick fire session. During our initial sharing time of each station I role modelled how to cover a cardboard role in tin foil as a starting point and said the rest was up to them. I know this 'guided' style had a lot less creativity but teachers had mentioned how many of these learners had challenges cutting and gluing and also I noticed that last time they were with me many didn't complete their building task so wanted to see how they coped with 'time pressure'.
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.