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Fidget Spinners Part 2: Hot Glue

Part 2 will focus on making a fidget spinner out of hot glue.  To see how to make a spinner out of paper, please click here.

I made a video of the instructions and below you will see written steps.

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Budget: $50 +

Time Needed: 30 minutes

Supplies Needed:

  • Amazing Mold Putty ($16 for 150 grams)
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue guns
  • Ball Bearings (You can buy cheaper bearings)
  • Adhesive glue spray (Ask your maintenance department first)
  • glitter
  • Aerosol hair spray
  • Fan (any kind of fan for drying)
  • Paint or nail polish  (Ask staff for nail polish donations)
  • Cheap fidget spinner to make your mold
  • Grease for bearings (Ask your maintenance dept. first)
  • Pennies

How To:

  1. Pre make your molds by following the instructions on the product.
    1. Disclaimer-the 150g box only makes four molds.
  2. Press your real spinner in the clay.
  3. Using a box cutter/Exacto knife, cut off the nibs left behind from your real spinner.
  4. Place your spinner in the center of mold.
    1. The bearings linked above are pre greased.  If you purchase a different bearing, simple push off the cover using a staple.  See if the balls are greased; if not, grease them.  This is optional but grease makes them spin faster.
    2. You can 3D print fidget spinner caps from Thingiverse.  I haven’t done this yet but I will.  Make sure you check the size of your bearings before you choose a cap to be sure it’s the correct size.
  5. Start with the bearing when you begin to hot glue.  Then continue to fill the rest of the mold with hot glue
    1. Tell teens to wait a minute after they insert a new glue stick to allow it to get hot.
  6. Wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry and remove from mold.
  7. Using hot glue, fill in any holes and valleys.  Glue around the sides to clean it up. Wait another minute while it dries.  Make sure teens hold it while it’s drying.
  8. Spray the spinner with adhesive glue and pour glitter on the spinner over a bowl. Only do one side.
  9. Spray the spinner with hair spray to seal the glitter.
  10. Have teens put their spinner on a drying table in front of a fan.
    1. If you don’t use a fan, it will take a couple of hours to dry.  Ask your maintenance dept. if they have fans.
  11. Once it’s dry, repeat on the other side.
    1. If you want to use pennies as weights, hot glue the pennies to this side and cover with glitter.
    2. Teens can make another spinner or eat snacks while they wait for their spinner to dry.
  12. If they do not want to use glitter, they may use paint or keep it clear.
  13. You do not have to use glitter to make a cool spinner.
    1. Teens can insert gems, sequins, pom poms, etc into the glue before it hardens as decoration.
    2. You can also purchase glitter glue sticks from Amazon, Hobby Lobby, or Dollar Tree.

Using Fidget Spinners to Teach STEAM

See part 1 for full STEAM ideas.

You can use the ball bearings to teach friction and torque.  I got a C in high school physics so I’ll just reference you to an article I found online.


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Fidget Spinners Part 1: Paper

Fidget spinners are perfect for makerspaces because it fits all the letters of STEAM and you can tailor your program to fit the interests of your teens.  Part 1 will focus on paper fidget spinners and next week will focus on glue fidget spinners.

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If you want a beginner fidget spinner program, try the artsy/crafty approach.  

Budget:  $5-$20

Time Needed: 30 minutes-1.5 hours

Supplies Needed:

Cardstock- Assorted colors

Large gems (Walmart or Dollar Store)

Plastic drinking straws

Hot Glue

Glue stick



Standard hole punch


How To:

  1.  Print out a fidget spinner template on cardstock.  Allow teens to choose their own colors.  This is not the one I used in the picture but any template will do.  Here’s a good one.  You can pre cut them or give each teen three sheets and let them choose and cut.  It depends on the length of your program.
  2. Using a glue stick, glue three spinners together-this is for thickness.
    1. Optional-you can use white cardboard or foam core but you’ll have use an Exacto knife to cut cleanly.  If you don’t mind your teens using an Exacto knife, simply give teens a template on printer paper, let them cut it out and trace it on cardboard or foam core, and let them use the Exacto knife to cut out a thicker fidget spinner.
  3. Allow teens time to draw their own artwork on both sides of their spinner.fidget spinner 8
    1. Optional-Take out the glitter and let them go nuts. Crafter tip-after you glitter, use cheap aerosol hairspray to seal the glitter.
  4. Cut a small piece of the straw.
  5. Place a small tab of hot glue in the center of the gem and glue one end of the straw.
  6. Punch a hole through the center of the spinner.
  7. Put the straw that’s glued to the gem through the hole.  The straw should not protrude too far, if it does cut if off. If the straw is too long, it won’t spin evenly.
  8. Hot glue the other gem to the straw and allow to dry.
  9. Trace the penny on cardstock and cut out three circles. Hot glue the circles to the pennies and the pennies to the spinner.



If you want to incorporate design and/or computers, try this approach.

Use computers or iPads to allow teens to design their fidget spinner. Teens can use the free Adobe Illustrator app to draw their own spinner.  It’s important that spinners be symmetrical and the Adobe app will allow you to cut and paste and rearrange to ensure symmetry.  Print their designs and follow the steps above.

Teens can also free draw a spinner.  Once again, symmetry is important so provide rulers.  Print their designs on cardstock and follow the steps above.


  • Change the project sheet to grid.  This will make it easier to draw equal sides.
  • Have teens begin with a circle that’s 3 centimeters or 3 squares. (They can erase it later).
  • Have teens make three sides instead of four.  It was a challenge to use the hole punch with four sides.
  • Upon completion, have teens email their designs to you.  Once you receive the email, copy and paste it into publisher because you can resize it.  Resize the spinner to 3 inches.  Copy and paste three spinners to one sheet and print on cardstock.


If you are focusing on physics, try this approach.

Fidget spinners use Newton’s first law of motion-inertia. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Basically, spinners work because of symmetry and you can teach this.

You can pre make a spinner that is slightly unbalanced/unsymmetrical and have teens use critical thinking skills to tell you why it doesn’t spin well.  Have teens redesign the spinner to make it symmetrical.  You can also play with weight.  You can demonstrate the importance of weight, or balance, by placing two pennies on one side and one penny on the other sides.  When it’s time for teens to make their own spinner, give teens weight options-pennies, dimes, washers, magnets, etc.  They can experiment to see which weights spin faster. Here’s a great site for reference.

Ball bearings also contribute to the physics of fidget spinners because of friction.  The above spinners don’t use ball bearings but my part 2 post will.  Stay tuned.


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Chibi Holiday Cards

I see visions of cardstock, die cut winter shapes, and glue dancing in my head.  It’s holiday card making season which means tables of kids and teens surrounded by a tables of card making supplies.  If you would like to add STEM to your program, add chibitronics.

Budget: Assuming you have the basic supplies-$35-$55

Length: 30 minutes

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardstock of all colors
  • Paint Sample (I took a bunch from Walmart)
  • Glue stick
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Gem stickers & foam stickers
  • Hole punch
  • Mounting tape or little pieces of cardboard if you are on a budget
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Copper Tape
  • Chibitronics $30/30-Yes, it is expensive!

Here’s How:

  • Cut colored cardstock into quarter sheets.
  • Cut white cardstock into slightly larger sheets.
    • I used white becasue teens used holiday stamps on the back and it’s easier to see on white paper.
  • The Cover.
    • Begin by punching a hole at the top middle of the paper. This is where you will see the light on the chibi.
    • Allow teens to decorate the cover.
      • Have teens cut three triangles with the paint samples.
      • Layer the triangles to look like trees.
      • Stick a gem/sticker on top of the outside trees.
      • I have snow but if you look at the image below, you can precut circles and I’ll tell you how to use it later.

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  • Behind The Curtain
    • Copy the images below if you prefer.
      • If you prefer to know how it works:
        • Pre cut little strips of paper for the battery holder and tape it to the bottom right.
        • Run to pieces of copper tape paralell (remember to cut the tape in half).  Have teens place one long piece of tape.  Don’t cut the tape; it can break the circuit.
        • The left side should run longer then turn right. The tape should run all the way onto the battery holder.
        • The right side should be shorter before you turn right.  Run the right tape over the top of the battery holder.
        • The chibi can be place either way and your battery should be placed accordingly.  In the picture, the + side of my chibi is on the left and therefore, the left side of the tape should touch the + side of the battery.
          • TIP-If you’ve done your circuits correctly and your chibi doesn’t work, press your copper tape and your chibi down.  If this doesn’t work, try a new battery.
        • Tape the bottom half of the battery.  Be sure the tape doesn’t cover the entire battery because it breaks the circut.
        • When you fold the battery holder down, it should activate the chibi.
  • Complete The Card
    • Place the mounting tape on three sides of the bottom and secure the cover.  Make sure the chibi light shows through the hole.
    • Get your little white circle cut outs and find the battery holder with your finger.  Glue the circle on top of the battery holder.
    • Use a stamp to stamp “Press Here” or write it.
    • Flip the card over and stamp or write a holiday greeting.
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The white circle activates the light when it is pressed.


All Done!

Do you have teens who just want to make cards?  You can make the card above without the chibitronic. You can also turn your holiday cards program into community service.  Check out this link below for information on how to send holiday cards to incarcerated youth.

Posted in Big Programs, Makerspace, Passive Programs

Slime Party

I know you are afraid, but don’t be. It’s going to be okay.

My teen programming spans 6-12th grade and our attendance has been skewing older and we need to attract 6th graders-SLIME!  75% of our attendance was middle school.

Slime can be expensive. The more teens you anticipate and the more types of slime you make will break your budget.  We had 90 teens over a span of three days and we made five different types of slime and our budget was about $430.00.  DON’T PANIC! You can adjust to fit your budget.  I will break down the price of each type of slime we did and you can pick and choose.

None of our recipes used Borax.  Borax can cause rashes on sensitive skin so I looked for recipes that used other ingredients.  Liquid starch is difficult to find in stores.  We found it at Walmart but I’d suggest purchasing from Amazon and get a lot becasue you don’t want to run out at the last minute like we did.

We bought containers for them to store their slime but you can use baggies too.

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Heat Sensitive Slime-Changes colors when touched with cold hands.

Total Cost for 30 Teens (including glue & liquid starch)-$95

Thermochromic Pigment $20 for one 10 gram container.  I bought four so it’ll be $80.

DISCLAIMER: I didn’t use food coloring.  It affected the pigment.

slime party 1

Magnetic Slime-Moves with magnets. Search Youtube to see how it works.

Total Cost for 30 Teens (including glue & starch)- $70

Magnets  $19.99 for 20.  I bought two packs.  You can search for cheaper but they must be strong.

Black Iron Oxide (Magnetic Powder) $12.99 for one pound.  One pound is enough for 30 teens.

DISCLAIMER: This is messy.  It’s very important for teens to knead quickly and to not get it on their clothes or paper.  It’s also important to wash their hands after playing with it.


Glitter Monster Slime

Total Cost for 30 Teens (including clear glue, starch, glitter, googly eyes, baking soda, contact solution)- $45

DISCLAIMER: This recipe calls for food coloring; we did not use it. Substitute food coloring for googly eyes.

DISCLAIMER #2: We purchased a one gallon container of clear glue and it costs about $27.  Get contact solution at the Dollar Store b/c brand name solution is expensive.


Glow in the Dark Floam

Total Cost for 30 Teens (including glue & starch & glow in dark paint)- $40

Styrofoam Balls– $9.99 for eight packs.  I bought two packs so it’ll be $20.

Fluffy Slime

Total Cost for 30 Teens (including glue, starch, contact solution, food coloring, and shaving cream)-$30

We used about five cans of shaving cream.

DISCLAIMER: Purchase contact solution, shaving cream, and food coloring from the Dollar Store.

slime party 5

STEAM Option

As I was practicing, I realized that you can experiment and add just about anything to make unique slime.  The important ingredients are glue (white or clear) and a binding agent-liquid starch or contact solution.

Set out different materials for teens to create their own slime-sand, sugar, beads, clay, Kool aid, or anything you have laying around.


We had five different slimes but by co worker told me that five may have been too many.  I agree and would recommend three different slimes.  Most teens make slime at school so I wanted to avoid the popular slimes like glitter slime.  That’s why we did magnetic and heat sensitive slime.

  • I had a line of tables covered in paper. As teens entered, I asked their name and
    had a staffer write their name on the paper.  This is where teens stored their completed slime.  You’ll see why below.

slime party 2

  •  I had a staff member at every slime table.  Every table held seven teens.
    • I’d recommend required registration so you know exactly how many chairs you’ll need.
    • The staffer had teens fullfil the steps one at a time.  Example, if the first step is 1/2 cup of glue, the staffer had teens pour glue into their bowls and pass it to the next teen.  She didn’t go to the next step until everyone had 1/2 glue.
  • When teens were done with each slime, they went to the covered table, put their slime in a container, and put it by their name.
    • Teens then go back to their table and wait until the other tables are finished.
  • Once everyone is finished, we rotated tables.
  • After each teen has been to each table, the party was over.
    • You can have snacks or let teens play with their slime when everything is finished.


  • Popscicle sticks for stirring
  • Bowls (You may need bigger bowls for floam)
  • Measuring cups and spoons (enough for two cups/spoons for each table)
  • Containers to store glue and starch for easy pour. (those big gallons of glue are heavy).
  • Table covers
  • Plenty of napkins and wet wipes
  • Baggies or plastic containers
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Christmas in the Makerspace

We recently turned out teen room into a makerspace and while we used to decorate the teen room for the holidays, I wanted to do something different for the makerspace.  Instead of simply putting up decor and trimming the tree, teens will make ornaments for our the tree and to take home.  All of my ideas came from Pinterest.  If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, I have a link to my page on the right of this post.

Ornaments Ideas:

Ornaments with Hot Glue

Hot glue -For some strange reason, our teens love the hot glue gun.  It’s like normal glue is useless because they only want to hot glue things together.  To satiate the love, they’ll make snowflakes using hot glue and nail polish or paint.  Here’s the craft on Pinterest.

Hot glue and Modge Podge Snowflakes

Pipe Cleaner and Borax Snowflakes

Don’t have a tree but have windows? Snowflake Window Cling Snowflake Window Cling

Ornaments with Popsicle Sticks


Tree Tree

Clear Balled Ornaments-  I purchased ornaments at The Dollar Tree for 2/$1

Harry Potter Themed


Teen’s Names

Melted Crayon

Sewing/Yarn Ornaments

Trees & Stars

Yarn Hats

And of course you can’t forget good old 3D printing ornaments.

Happy Holidays!




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Unicorn Party

Yes, teens still like unicorns so we hosted a maker party for these unicorn enthusiasts.

Supplies Needed for Headbands:

Felt sheets, headbands, poly-fit, hot glue, ribbon/string, flowers

Optional Supplies (Craft Closet Cleanout!)

Ribbon, gems, tule.

How to Make Horn Headbands:

  1. Print, cut out, and let teens the stencil on the felt.
  2. I followed this site.  I had teens use hot glue to make the horn instead of sewing because my teens don’t know how to sew and I was by myself and wouldn’t have had time to teach hand sewing.  I would, however, highly recommend teaching hand sewing; it’s a useful skill many teens lack.
  3. Teens could then use anything they wanted to decorate.

Using LEDs

Supplies Needed

Coin battery, battery holder, LEDs, hole punch

  1. This should be done before teens glue flowers to their horn.
  2. Using the hole punch, punch a hole through the center of a flower.
  3. Assemble the LED to the battery holder.
  4. Place the LED head through the flower hole.
  5. Hot glue the batter pack to the horn behind the flower.


Unicorn Shirts

E0fOVUmpSgOJH7OpcRnVGwDisclaimer: I bought t-shirts and screen printed a unicorn on the shirts using a stencil I made with my Silhouette and a cheap screen printing kit.  

If you have a Silhouette, Cricut, or some other vinyl cutting machine, you can make a stencil, have teens sponge fabric paint, let the shirts dry while the make their head band.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can buy a stencil and let teens sponge fabric paint.

Teens used puffy paint, fabric markers, and fabric spray paint to decorate their shirts.

We hired a face painter.

Have Fun!



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Quick STEAM: Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead/Dia los de Muertos is November 2.  If you are crafting during your celebration and you are looking to add STEAM to them, check out this chibi mask.

You’ll Need:


Markers/colored pencils

Puffy Paint (optional)

Craft Stick


Copper tape


If you are looking for cheap ideas, the mask in the picture can be printed on cardstock. There are other masks to choose from if you do a Google image search.  You can also purchase masks for teens to color.

I will print the linked masks and blank masks for teens to make their own designs.  You can use puffy paint and markers to add dimension.


How to Add Chibis

I put the chibi on the front of the mask because it shines the brightest.  Please refer to the picture for directions.  Make sure the positive side of the copper tape touches the positive side of the battery and the same for the negative side.  If your chibi blinks or goes out, make sure your battery is taped down tightly.

Posted in Makerspace, Passive Programs

Bling Week

Teens like to personalize their stuff so why not turn it into a design workshop.

For Bling Week, teens designed skull caps, ball caps, and cell phone cases.  They used gems, decals, and letters.  Bling week lasted for three days and attracted 62 middle school and high school students.


If you have gems and letters invading your craft closet, by all means use them to cut costs.  I purchased hats but you can always ask teens to bring their own if you need to cut costs.

Skull Caps-$5.99/6

Ball Caps – $25/12


Spikes-$8.44-VERY POPULAR especially for boys.  It’s a small bag so you might need several.

Mirror Mosaic Tiles $14-Also very popular


Puffy Paint

Hot Glue & E6000 Glue

Skull & Ball Caps

Passive or Art Program

I put out examples for inspiration and on a different table, I put out all the supplies.  I printed out a coloring page of the hats and asked teens to peruse the supply table and design their hat.  I had three different stations including the pom pom making table, the felt flower making table, and the bling table (glue table).

I was by myself and this was a drop in passive program that lasted for five hours so I needed to provide instructions quickly and often.  So, I put the instructions on the inside of a paper plate.  I handed the teens a plate, the coloring sheet, and a pencil and told them that instructions were on the plate and to use it to carry their supplies from the supply table, their pom poms, and their felt flowers.

Career Readiness Program

Design is how this passive craft activity becomes a career readiness program.  If you are hosting this as a career readiness program, you can discuss design/fashion careers including types of careers; education needed; and salary potential.

  • Branding-Teens can work in groups and create a company.  They can then design a company logo and brand themselves by designing a hat using the supplies provided.
    • If you have a vinyl cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut) teens can actually design a logo on a computer, print it out on fabric, and glue it to their hat.
    • Or, you can use your cutter to make a vinyl stencil then use fabric paint to complete the hat.

STEAM Program

To amp it up even more…


  • BEGINNER-Teens can sew EL Wire into the baseball caps.  You can find cheaper EL Wire but the shorter the wire the better because a ball cap doesn’t use a lot of wire and you will have excess.  There will be soldering required if you want to cut the wire so if you don’t want that hassle, try to find the shortest EL Wire.
  • INTERMEDIATE-Teens can use LED sequins, a sewable battery pack, and a coin cell battery to easily sew LEDs into a skull cap.  Here’s a post where I used sequins on a shirt but it works the same on a hat. For an even easier activity, I used an LED to sew into the pom pom and you can see that post here.  Or watch the Adafruit Youtube video that I watched.
  • ADVANCED-Teens can use a Gemma (LED arduino) to sew into the skull cap and then use the software to code it.
El Wire clotes
EL Wire on hats and clothes


  • BEGINNER-Teens can design their first initial or a small word, 3D print it, and sew it to the ball cap.  You’ll have to design small loops on both sides of the print so that you can sew it to the hat.
  • INTERMEDIATE-If you have the budget, check to see if your 3D printer offers an extruder that will print flexible filament.  If so, you can print longer words that can bend around your ball cap.
3d printed hat
You can see the 3D printed tab she used to sew it to her hat

Cell Phone Cases

We did two activities; teens could bedazzle their cases or make a case with hot glue.

The supplies I used for the bedazzling table were the same supplies I used for the hats.

Dfpq%QT3T%q2Y+ttSbElMAI learned how to make a case out of hot glue from this Youtube video.  TIP: tape does not work on parchment paper; use a glue stick. Once again, I was by myself and this was a drop in passive program so I had instructions on the table.  I always to a step by step instruction sheet using pictures.  To make this sheet, when I practice the craft, I take pictures as I go then I put all my pics with minimal text on one sheet. THIS IS HAS BEEN LIFE CHANGING!  It frees you up to help, socialize, and take pictures of the teens and it teaches teens how to follow instructions.  You’ll be surprised how teens do not know how to do this life skill.

The glitter case was really cool but I couldn’t see myself doing this as a drop in because it requires glitter with 25 teens but if you can do it, I say go for it.




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Teen Read Week: Unleash Your Story

Teen Read Week is October 8-14, 2017 with the tagline-Unleash Your Story.  At our library, we are taking this theme literally and will be hosting creative writing activities.  If you need creative writing ideas or you’d just like to see what TRW will look like at the Zion-Benton Public Library, enjoy.

Please find the worksheets mentioned here.

We will be hosting our annual short story contest during the month of October.  I wrote a post on hosting short story contests and you can read it here.

Monday, October 9th-Columbus Day-You Wanna Write Good?

Because students have the day off, we decided to take advantage and do hourly creative writing activities while serving pumpkin spiced treats. There will be a total of eight activities and they include:

  • Fantasy Maps-Many fantasy books include maps and the most exciting map I can think of is Game of Thrones.  To capitalize on map popularity, we will have teens create a fantasy world around a unique map.  To do the map, we’ll give teens plain or graph paper, a pencil, and a handful of gems, rocks (something that won’t roll).  they will drop the gems on the paper and trace around the gems to create their map.  After they remove their gems, they can name their world and the individual land masses, designate bodies of water, mountains, etc.
    • Teens will then begin their world building by filling out the worksheet.  If time permits, teens may begin writing their story.
  • Emoji Storytime-We have a big spinning wheel with removable inserts.  We will insert popular emoji’s and teens can spin the wheel four times and start a story based on the emojis they were given.  If you don’t have a wheel, you can buy large dice and glue emojis or you can print a bunch of emojis, lay them face down, and have teens pick at random.
  • Show Don’t Tell-I found this on Pinterest.
  • The Upside Down-This will be a lesson on writing parallel universes.  I had my coworker draw the picture in the Google Doc.
    • I will explain the definition of a parallel universe and how it differs from time travel and alternate universes.
    • Teens will then fill out the worksheet based on the picture to outline their story.
    • Teens may then begin their stories.
  • Cootie Catcher Fairytales-(We call them cootie catchers but your teens may call them fortune tellers.) Teens will choose a fairytale to reimagine.  They can swap the villain and the hero; turn the hero from a princess to an assassin; swap gender roles; etc.  See the cootie catcher below for instructions.
  • Brown Bag  Time Travel-Teens will choose a historical time period to send their hero/heroine.
    • I’ll make cards containing historic world events and attach the first Wikipedia page of that event.
    • I’ll have three paper bags that contain a genre, a mode of transportation, a mission.  Teens will have to pick from each bag.
    • Teens will then begin to outline their story by deciding the identities of the other crew members; what happens the moment they return from their mission (how has the world changed); and the info from the paper bags-genre; transportation; and mission.
  • Mashed Origin Stories-Teens will work with a partner and play MASH. They will re write their super heroes origin story based on their outcome.  Theywill then redo their superheroes logo.
  • Scary Stories-Teens will learn how to write a scary story
    • We will play Plinko.  If you don’t have a Plinko game, teens can choose from a cauldron, skeleton, or anything associated with Halloween.
    • From your containers, teens can choose a location, hero, or a sentence starter.
    • Teens will then outline their story and begin writing if time permits.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017-Webcomics

Webcomics are short comics that are posted to the web.  A notable webcomic is Cyanide and Happiness.  The graphic novel, Nimona, began as a webcomic.

  • First, you need to find a free hosting site or a free website for teens to upload their webcomics.  We will be using Comic Fury.  Teens will create their own account.  They do not need an email that they have to check to get started which is GREAT!  The website is cluttered but it’s easy to customize.
  • Next we will be working on the comic.  We will not be teaching art because webcomics rely more on story than art.  Teens don’t need to be great artists; they can draw stick figures, etc.  We will be stressing that webcomics are usually short and should have an engaging story.  Teens need to decide the genre-humor, fantasy, horror, contemporary, etc.  We will provide pencil and paper for teens to story board.
  • Once they have an idea, they may begin.  Our teens will use Adobe Draw on an iPad.  They can draw panels, the art and the words.  The advantage of Draw is that you can upload directly to Comic Fury without the possibility of blurry imagery.  You can create on paper but teens will have to scan and upload and make sure their image is at least 300dpi.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017-Animated Shorts

Animated shorts are short animation stories.   Our stories will be under 7 minutes.

  • We will be using the Do Ink Green Screen App and the Do Ink Drawing and Animation App. When purchased together, the cost is $5.99.
    • The Green Screen App is pretty easy to use once you figure out what goes in the foreground and the background.  The green screen tutorial is pretty good. The drawing app has one tutorial on how to animate stock drawings which is easy but doing your own animation was a bit of a challenge.
      • How to do your own drawings:
        • Tap “new drawing” in the new project window (+) and draw your picture.
        • Go back to gallery and tap “new composition.”
        • At the top of the new composition screen, tap the star shape to find and insert your original drawing. Tap your drawing to insert.
        • Watch the drawing app tutorial to learn how to animate.
  • Teens will begin by writing their short story.
  • They will then storyboarding each scene including dialog and animation.
  • They will use the Do Ink Animation app to draw or use stock images to animate.
  • Using the Do Ink Green Screen app, teens will film each scene and then add animation during editing.
  • If there is time, we will have a film festival and watch everyone’s shorts.  If there’s no time, we will post the films on Facebook and/or Youtube.

Thursday, October 12, 2017-Comic Jam

We are actually doing zines but our teens don’t know what a zine is so we changed the name to get teens in the door.

Zines are small magazines about whatever you want. Here is a link on how to make a zine.

Have a great Teen Read Week!