Makey Makey

Maker Kits

The most profound thing we can do is encourage kids to experience the world themselves.
~Dale Dougherty

Get ready to MAKE with SPL!

Experience SPL's new Makers Kits! Maker Kits contain all the tools and materials needed to experiment and create in many different subject areas, offer opportunities for hands-on creativity and experimentation for teens, tweens, children and adults.  In additon, each kit contains a book on the subject matter at hand for further exploration and enjoyment.

Explore Circuits, Textiles, Photography & Stop Motion Animation, Coding, Computers, Music, and Textiles & Papercraft with the Library's Maker Kits.

Kits circulate for 1 week, (sorry - they cannot be reserved or renewed).  Late fee is $1.00 per day.  Kits circulate in person from Stratford Public Library and must be returned in the library (not in the book drop).

Magbuilder fish
MAGBUILDER magnetic construction set uses geometric shapes to create structures. The powerful magnets hold shapes in place making stacking the blocks easy. Learn about the power of magnets, shape strength, symmetry and develop abstract thinking skills.
Ages 3+

Ozobot Bit
Bit is the world’s smallest smart robot. This right brain – left brain integrating bot builds both creativity and coding skills. Advance from basic color coding to intermediate block-based programming with Bit.
What you need: Internet access, Mobile App, USB plug / computer for charging
Ages 6+
Coding, Technology

spool knitting
Produce knitted tubes of yarn using the spool and wind them to make different projects like hair ties, coasters or even horse reins! Get creative as you discover the basic principles of knitting. Also known as Corking / French Knitting.
Requires yarn.
Ages 6+
Textile Craft

Virtual Reality
Mount your smartphone to your head using HooToo VR Glasses and it becomes a virtual reality platfrom. VR apps allow you to create, explore and experience different subjects and environments. Features 3D Experiences, 360 viewing, adjustable pupil and focal distance, secure and lightweight design.
Ages 12+

The littleBits Base Kit is perfect for kids and younger makers to begin inventing with electronics in seconds. The kit comes with 10 bits that snap together with magnets, so it’s impossible to make a mistake.
Ages 8+

T4 Solar Robots
'T4' will provide your child with a new understanding of solar power as a source of renewable energy. 'T4' not only has more transformations but also comes equipped with larger parts, meaning that your younger child does not have to be excluded from partaking in some high quality robot fun.
Requires: sunlight
Ages 8+

EM4 Robot Grandpa
EM4 Robots are motorized robots that can be assembled in multiple ways. By using EM4 Robots, you explore movement, gears and basic robotics. Bring this kit to life in one of four modes: a cricket, a beast, a trailer, or grandpa bot. Each mode is equipped with its own unique form of movement and with a few easy steps, transforming between each mode is a breeze.
Ages 8+

The Arduino is an open source hardware and software program used for making electronics that can interact with the physical world. The Arduino can take inputs, such as the press of a button, and use these inputs to control an output, like making a light blink. Arduino is a great platform for those new to coding and hardware design or for anyone looking to experiment and create.
Ages 12+
Coding, Technology

Makey Makey
MaKey MaKeys turn everyday objects into touch pads, like a keyboard, that interacts with your computer.  Anything that conducts electricity can be used to complete a circuit! You can use water, plasticine, food, plants, foil, or even yourself!  Create a piano our of bananas, draw a joystick with a pencil and play Pac-man, or try coding your own game using Scratch.
Ages 8+
Electronics, Circuitry

Spirograph's distinctive wheels and rings combine the principles of art and math in the most creative way. Just choose from the gears and wheels, put your paper in place, and create whirling, spiraling, mix and match patterns for a very cool image.
Requires paper and additional markers/pens
Age: 8+
Paper Craft

Snap Circuits
The Snap Circuits Jr. 100 Experiments Kit makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as a flying saucer; alarms; doorbells and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends.
Ages 8+

Raspberry PI
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into a monitor and a keyboard. It is a little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the tasks that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games. Requres a USB Keyboard, Mouse and a HDMI monitor or TV.
Ages 12+
Coding, Technology

circuit beats controller and wires
Make music out of almost anything!  Complete an electrical circuit to turn bananas into a piano. Or use a flower, glass of water, ice cream – whatever you can dream up that conducts electricity -- and a variety of other sound options to bang out more beats.
Ages 6+
Circuitry, Music

Strawbees let you connect straws to each other and build little to huge mechanical objects from just straws and cardboard, and which stimulates the imagination and encourages storytelling endlessly. Modify things as you go, add straws, cut straws, or add new connections to get a sturdier, more flexible or bigger structure.
Ages 5+

My First Rocket
The My First Rocket Duplo Kit features a buildable rocket, astronaut, and planet, and contains various blocks decorated as planets and stars, as well as numbers, all which provide talking points for children to learn while playing. This kit encourages early construction skills to build a rocket and planets. Building cards are included for inspiration.
Ages 1.5-5
Engineering, Science