Join us for our first virtual workshop in partnership with PJ Library! Inspired by the book Something from Nothing, written and illustrated by Phoebe Gilman, we will be using repurposed materials to build the Home Sweet Home Pencil Holder. You and your child will learn basic woodworking skills to build this fun and functional eco-friendly project.Throughout the ages, Jewish thinkers have advocated conservation and resourcefulness. The Jewish concept of bal tashchit means “do not waste” and is a theme throughout the story of Something from Nothing as Joseph’s grandfather repurposes a jacket into a variety of useful items as Joseph grows..We will use our creativity and building skills to show our children that just like Joseph’s grandfather, we can create something beautiful and useful by repurposing materials. Pre-Order: This project ships July 29th Join us on ZOOM for the virtual workshop!Thursday, August 6th9:30 AMLogin details to follow. You will need one can for this project and Maker Monkey will provide the rest!  Kids will follow instructions to build the structure of the house, and then they will be free to use their creativity and imagination to design the facade using a variety of wood shapes. All of the wood pieces, nails, hardware, sandpaper, glue, paint, 1 brush, and instructions needed are included. Hammer is optional - please select from the dropdown menu.  All Maker Monkey Building Kits are proudly handmade in Miami, FL from responsibly sourced upcycled wood and we use as little plastic as possible in our packaging. Thank you for supporting a small, mama-owned business!

Home Sweet Home Pencil Holder Building Kit

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    Maker Monkey is about so much more than arts and crafts. The toys and activities we share with our kids now will influence the way they interact with the world around them in the future. As a kid, I enjoyed building my own dollhouse with my dad in his workshop as much as I enjoyed playing with the dolls that came with it. My parents taught me an important lesson about gender-equality simply by letting me be me.


    As a female-founded building company, I am all about defying gender stereotypes and encouraging kids to explore their interests even when they are unconventional. 


    Behind every Maker Monkey project is the desire to get kids to feel the sensitivity of an artist as much as the strength of a builder without categorizing either as being exclusively masculine or exclusively feminine.


    We care deeply about the little souls we build with, which means we also need to take care of the world that they are inheriting. All Maker Monkey Building Kits are proudly handmade in Miami, FL from responsibly sourced upcycled wood and we use as little plastic as possible in our packaging. Our goal is to protect and preserve our resources while teaching our kids to do the same.

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