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Myra Makes: A Creative Learning Adventure

By Eliot Kersgaard

Welcome to the world of Myra Makes, where kids become engaged with the learning process through adventure! In the Myra Makes adventure, you’ll join our friend Myra as she travels to new places and helps the friends she meets along the way. Here’s how you can bring the adventure to life at home!

Your Guide to Creating the Myra Makes Adventure at Home

Here’s what we’re going to do:

Have your kids create their own characters!

Build diorama environments that set the stage for problem solving challenges!

Introduce open-ended prompts related to the landscape and set out to solve them!

Materials You Might Find Useful:

Coloring supplies

Paperboard

Cardboard

Pipe Cleaners

Styrofoam

Foam pieces

Legos, Brackitz, Plus Plus, KNex, or other building supplies

 

Plus any other miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies you have at home! We recommend reusing materials that you might throw away otherwise, or repurposing items that you never use. Here in Boulder, we get a lot of fun little things such as bottlecaps, corks, springs, and other doodads from Art Parts, our local reclaimed art supply store.

 

Step One: Creating Fun Characters

You and your kid can both make a character using arts and crafts! Come up with names for them, and give them a superhuman ability and also a weakness (for instance, your character might be able to jump really high, but they might be super tiny themselves!)

Step Two: Create a Landscape for Your Characters

Using your arts and crafts supplies, make a little diorama where the problem solving adventure will take place! Think about where your characters would want to live, and then bring it to life! The landscapes we have made to accompany Journey to Cloud City are a forest, mountains, beach, farm, swamp, and volcano island.

Step Three: Create Challenges to Solve!

Based on your characters and the landscape you’ve created, it’s time to create some challenges to solve! One fun way to do this is by creating your own deck of challenge cards, and then draw them at random! In the spirit of design thinking, try to make your challenges function-based instead of solution-based (What does this mean?)

 

One of our favorite ways to do this is with “challenge landscapes,” which are essentially dioramas paired with characters and challenges unique to each landscape. We will take a challenge from one of the pages in Journey to Cloud City and place it next to a landscape that depicts the scene. Kids can either take a small animal or other character they have at home, or create their own character to solve the challenge, and then use arts and craft supplies to implement their solution on the landscape.

 

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About the Author:

Eliot Kersgaard is an artist and educator creating spaces in which people can pursue their creativity. He is the cofounder of Myra Makes LLC and the Assistant Director of Solutions Voyage.

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