Do yourself a favor and invest in a button making machine.
Precut the circles with the circle cutter (You may have to buy that separately). Teens can draw right on the circles. OR
Measure the circle on Adobe Draw and allow teen to draw it digitally. Print them and make them into buttons.
Button makers are about $225 but you can make the case by using it often and it basically pays for itself!
Don’t have a button maker and can’t afford one? Make magnets! If you have a non-heat laminator, you can probably purchase magnet sheets to turn anything into a magnet. You can also purchase magnetic sheets to stick on paper.
Simply do the above activities but turn it into a magnet campaign. Teens can make a bunch of magnets with positive messages for social change and stick them to lockers at school.
Teens like to write messages of tolerance, love, and peace so think out of the box and have them turn umbrellas into artwork.
Set out tarps, paint, Sharpies, or fabric markers and umbrellas-you can purchase white umbrellas at Oriental Trading. Provide a theme of social change and let the creativity fly.
Post them to social media and then hang the completed umbrellas in your library for display. We hung them on the ceiling and it was quite a crowd pleaser.
A fun passive program is M&M Mosaics. Teens can create a message of change using M&Ms. Just put an example with instructions and supplies in the middle of the table and let the teens take it from there.
- Set vanilla frosting and craft sticks as glue.
- Set out bowls of different colored M&Ms.
If you have a teen room, you can set the M&Ms in the middle of the table. Beware, teens will eat the M&Ms even if you explain that they are germy. If you are worried about them eating them, give them pre-filled bags of M&Ms and inform them that if they eat them, there won’t be enough to make a good mosaic. I’d recommend giving teens a fun sized bag of M&Ms for eating before or after they complete their mosaic.
Coloring sheets are still all the rage and they are also a great and cheap passive program for your TTW programming.
- If you have iPads, download the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app and allow teens to play with it until they feel comfortable with the software.
- Allow teens to choose a cause for social change and ask them to draw a picture based on their cause.
- Inform teens that they are making a coloring sheet and to not fill in their design with color.
- Print their coloring sheet.
- You can print wirelessly from the iPad or
- Have teens email their sheet to you and you can print from your network.
- You can have a best coloring sheet design contest and/or best coloring contest.
- You can also do a bookmark or book cover instead of a sheet.
Ozobots are robots that you can code with color. At first it seems like it would be for younger kids, but teens really get into it. They cost about $50 for one Ozobot.
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Here’s a video of my coding with the Ozobot.