November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

TPiB: Touch Screen Gloves from the Robot Test Kitchen

There’s no need to spend big bucks on fancy gloves that let you use your touchscreen devices. In this inexpensive and simple program teens can make their own! This is also a great STEM related program for those of us who are more comfortable with traditional craft programs. It’s timely given the winter season fast […]

Beyond Pinterest: Arts & Activities | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

Projects for rainy days, party crafts, classroom activities: the books in this section have got you covered when it’s time to bust out the glue or bake some cupcakes

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Snazzy New Crafts, from Beadmaking to Beekeeping | Series Made Simple

These aren’t the same old “make a pencil holder” crafts you’re used to. Get ready to learn how to compost, work with apps, and raise your own chickens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Make It, Do It, and Read All About It: Arts and Activities | Series Made Simple Fall 2012

Crafts, activities, and performance. These are tried-and-true techniques for engaging kids in a topic while encouraging their creative juices to flow. But there’s nothing more frustrating than a cookbook with beautiful pictures and cryptic instructions, or a craft book in which the projects are so difficult that Martha Stewart and her whole staff would have trouble achieving successful results. Books like these have to be field tested before suggesting that kids try them out. Luckily for you, this […]