Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Full Speed Ahead!

With 2013 upon us, we're setting our sites on the biggest year yet for ScrapKins. You'll see more "DIY Project Making Videos" on YouTube, a brand new charitable partner that lets us give back, the launch of our first Interactive Storybook (think Pirates!), more travel to countries around the world all with the mission to teach more kids the power of creating art with what they have. Thank you for inspiring us, supporting us by buying our book, and allowing us to entertain and educate.
  Have a magical 2013!
- Itcher, Wrecks, Swooper, Chomper, Digger & Stacker.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Back and ready for more!

It has now been over a week since we have gotten back from Doha  and we have recovered (mostly) from jetlag, though we are still suffering from withdrawal. Needless to say, this was an amazing experience. But the best part of this trip is the knowledge that we have officially gone global. So while Doha will remain in our hearts as the first international trip ScrapKins has taken, it will be the first of many in the coming years. This has invigorated our senses and we are excited to explore even more events! Makerfaire NYC (another link) was amazing in Queens, the Bay Area Makerfaire took us across the country to California, and Qatar was unbelievably successful, so we would like to combine this local, national, and international experience by attending and presenting at more places around the city, state, country, and world! What’s next, you ask? While there are many plans brewing in the Scrap City pot, we are pumped for a busy weekend, attending the Brooklyn Waldorf School’s Winter Fair this Saturday, and the Hiptot Music Fest on Sunday! We’ll check back with updates and pictures, and if you want, you can hop on down to the fairs yourself!

Constantly re-inventing,

Itcher, Digger, and The Gang

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Art Project! "The Bat Hat"

Got a paper plate, a pair of scissors and markers? You got a Bat Hat! In time for the Halloween season, here's a simple and hilarious way to have your kids running around with a bat on their head.
Find our downloadable instructions on the Whole Kids Foundation website.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Seventh Generation and ScapKins

We couldn't be happier to help Seventh Generation celebrate their 1,000,000 Fan on Facebook! How do we do that? By building a "Box Monster" out of their tissue boxes and paper towel cores.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ScrapKins at NY Maker Faire: Sept 29th & 30th

ScrapKins "Recycled Racers" Exhibit debuts at NY Maker Faire: Sept 29th & 30th

We're super excited to be coming back for our 3rd Maker Faire! We absolutely love this event. Who doesn't like robots, crazy bicycles, costumes, building things, taking things apart, hacking & learning? Look for ScrapKins in the Young Maker's Pavilion. We have a brand new exhibit called "Recycled Racers"we'll be sharing for the first time. After lots of R&D and workshops at schools, we have the perfect car you can make using materials you already have at home. 
Turn an empty milk carton, a straw and cardboard into your own custom Recycled Racer! Cut it, build it, design it, race it. Think your car can jump over "Monster Canyon"? Come and try. You'll never look at recycling the same way again!


Friday, June 8, 2012

ScrapKins a Hit at the Bay Area Maker Faire | GeekMom |

We got a special Nod from "Geek Mom" on Wired today!

ScrapKins a Hit at the Bay Area Maker Faire | GeekMom |

We we're thrilled this year to head out West to exhibit at Maker Faire in the Bay Area, the big daddy of all DIY festivals. Here's some of our amazing kid creators and their Recycled Monsters:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Parachutes Away!

One of my new ScrapKins project designs is a Parachute made from a towel tube, string, tape and a plastic bag. I had fun teaching this one to the Kindergartners at the Lefferts Garden Charter School. They we're thrilled to learn about Gravity this way.

What You'll Need:
- paper towel tube cut in half or a toilet paper tube
- plastic bag (shopping, produce, bread, etc.) smaller is better
- about 48" of string
- scissors
- single hole punch
- masking or packing tape
- makers/crayons
- glue (if you are adding feet)
- small piece of cereal box or thin cardboard (if you are adding feet)

Basic Steps:
1) Punch 2 holes in the top of your towel tube on opposite sides.
2) Decorate your "Monster Parachuter." Add feet if you like. (Made from cereal box piece.)
3) Flatten out your plastic bag with handles/opening facing down. Cut off the bottom 1/3 of bag so you are left with a "jelly-fish-looking" top.
4) Cut 2 pieces of String to about 21".
5) Pass end of string through 1 hole and up the middle of tube. Repeat with other piece. You should have 4 string ends. (You'll notice in the photo that I tied the string to the tube. I realized later that passing the string through the hole is easier than tying knots :)
6) Tape the 4 string ends to the inside of your plastic bag. Picture the bag top like an oval with 4 corners. Tape one end of string in each of the 4 corners to space out the string. Make sure you stick the tape down well so the string doesn't slip out.
7) That's it. Practice launching your parachute!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

ScrapKins GIANT Earth Day 2012 Coloring Contest!

In celebration of Earth Day, we're kicking off our ScrapKins Earth Day 2012 Coloring Contest on Facebook. Download our coloring page, get your little ones to color it and post the photo on our Facebook page. We'll choose 5 winners--3 will receive autographed ScrapKins Build-It Books, FIRST PRIZE is a book and $15 Amazon GiftCard and the GRAND PRIZE winner will get a $15 Amazon GiftCard, book, folder, stickers, button set and a personalized drawing of their favorite ScrapKin!



Our new Spring/Summer EVENT SCHEDULE is Up. Check out the listing of interactive ScrapKins events. Come out and Build Something!

ScrapKins Recycled Arts and Booksigning
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012  1 pm - 3 pm   FREE
Mini Jake Kids Store   178 N. 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (718) 782-2005

ScrapKins Recycled Arts and Booksigning
Saturday, April 28th, 2012    10 am - 6 pm  FREE
Greenwich Street (from Hubert to Chambers Street) NYC

ScrapKins Recycled Arts and Booksigning
Saturday, May 19th, 2012   10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, May 20th, 2012   10 am - 6 pm
San Mateo, CA

ScrapKins Recycled Arts and Booksigning
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 10 am - 6 pm  FREE
Washington Square Park, NYC 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Max Bent talks ScrapKins Business

Our good friend Max Bent, musician extraordinaire from Baltimore, asked ScrapKins some very interesting questions about working as an Artist and making a difference while making a living.

Check out the interview here:
Spend some time on his website. Great stuff. Thanks Max!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Inside the ScrapKins' Creative Lair

Here's what's on my desk this week:

Yes. I eat a lot of cereal. (Required eating if you build much of your body of work from food packaging.)   Chomper just wishes he could taste all those crunchy flavors.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monster Orphan: Dunnegan

Living on a rock makes for a hard life. Dunnegan paces back and forth guarding a granite boulder in the middle of a busy pedestrian plaza. Does the boulder hold a mysterious secret? No one is sure. All but invisible, Dunnegan has been sat on so many times, he has lost count.