Get creative with household items!

Looking for a creative, open-making art project to do at home with your child? Inspired by Open Making in our Innovators LAB at the Museum, we’ve created the Innovators LAB Design Challenge to encourage your child to use their critical thinking skills, creativity and imagination! Every Thursday we’ll add a new video to this page with a list of materials you can find around the house, and challenge you to be creative by making your own art piece.

We want to see your creations! Share your unique creations with us by posting a photo on social media, include #thinkplaycreatefromhome and #designchallenge and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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Design Challenge #8 sponsored by SDG&E: Plastic Yarn

Ages: 6+

Duration: 1 hour

Materials:
Plastic bag
Scissors
Decoration materials

Examples: Max made an ocean monster and Gracie made plarn pompoms!

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Design Challenge #7

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Cardboard
Paper roll
Stick
Crayons + Markers
Bottle Caps
Glue or Tape

Examples: McKenna made a paper towel tower and Maria made a car!

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Design Challenge #6 sponsored by SDG&E

Ages: 6+

Duration: 1-2 hours

Materials:
Carton/Container (plastic bottle, milk carton, old plastic toy, etc.)
Permanent Marker
Scissors
Ballpoint Pen
Decoration Supplies
Soil + Seedling

Examples: Sam made a container with basil inside, decorated after her cat named Pesto!

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Design Challenge #5

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Cardboard
String
Paper
Crayons + Markers
Aluminum Foil
Glue or Tape

Examples: McKenna made a starry night mobile and Maria made a paper bead bracelet!

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Design Challenge #4

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Cardboard
Box Lid
Wrapping Paper
Leaves
Flowers
Glue or Tape

Example: Rachel made a nature portrait and Kaya made a bed for her toy raccoon!

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Design Challenge #3

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Scissors
Cup
Plastic Lid
Bottle Caps
Water Bottle
Glue or Tape

Example: Ava made a cup boat and Jack made a water bottle sea monster!

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Design Challenge #2 Powered by Cox

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Toilet Paper Roll
Straws
Scissors
Cardboard
Markers
Play-Doh (Optional)
Bottle Caps (Optional)
Box Cutter (Optional)

Challenge: Make your own high speed race car!

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Design Challenge #1

Ages: 6+

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Materials:
Markers
Tissue Paper
Paper Towel Cardboard
Egg Carton
Scissors
Tape

Example: Maria made a 3-D sculpture of herself and her dog!

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