This past Saturday, Bilir & I participated in our third Activate Saturday. We decided to try a new activity on the floor dubbed “Tool Time.” The idea for this activity spawned from after receiving a large box of retired pulleys that were previously used for school demonstrations. The desire to both disassemble and create a new lesson out of these uniform units prompted Bilir and I to throw some pulleys on a cart along with goggles, gloves, pliers, and screwdrivers. Alas, Tool Time was born. However, before we can induct an activity into our Play. Tinker. Make. master list, we must test run it on the museum floor.
We planned two hours for testing the activity with visitors, though Tool Time gained the full day’s worth of popularity among children and parents alike. To say it simply, Tool Time was a success!
After Activate came to an end, Bilir and I discuss a few points to modify Tool Time for a future run. We want to prepare smaller pieces of wood with an assortment of screws in them. This would make the activity just a bit more manageable for children versus having to disassemble a larger pulley system.
Other than that, I wanted to just document the experience and some modification I intend for the future of Tool Time. I’m excited to see it lead again (possibly by volunteers) and see what responses it will elicit from visitors.