Summer of Mega Making
Last Day is Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2015
Mega Making, our newest exhibit experience, was designed by Stepping Stones to celebrate creativity in our children! They will be the future engineers, designers, inventors, artists, teachers, scientists and the ones shaping the world - maybe in as little as 10 years from now!
Making at its core is the act of creating something. The current "Maker Movement" in the USA is working to inspire students to become creators of learning rather than passive consumers of learning. Mega Making takes a constructivist approach to learning by giving adults, children and students the materials, tools, support and creative freedom while providing an opportunity to build 21st century skills including Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Creativity and Innovation.
The Mega Making exhibit experience is organized into five main areas: Art, Textiles, Construction/Woodworking, Tinkering and Book Nook/Future Ideas. Using real materials and real tools, young makers can explore art, textiles, construction and woodworking, tinkering and gadgets and a variety of materials, techniques and projects! Our staff members are here to help get you started, whether it’s working a needle and thread for the first time, practicing using wrenches and screwdrivers, tinkering with batteries and buzzers or picking out the perfect artist medium. Something for all ages, best for 5 and older. Children and their adults will surely enjoy a unique experience together!
Raggedy Ann's 100th Birthday
Raggedy Ann was "born" in Norwalk, from the mind of Johnny Gruelle, an American artist, political cartoonist and writer of children’s books.
Gruelle lived nearby in the Silvermine section of Norwalk from 1910 to 1931. As one legend goes, he drew a face on a worn rag doll’s fabric for his daughter Marcella. The Raggedy Ann name was conceived by combining the titles of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley - The Raggedy Man and Little Orphan Annie. Johhny wrote and illustrated more than 40 Raggedy Ann and Andy books.
The Norwalk Historical Society has generously lent its collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy memorabilia, including original dolls, books, a lunchbox and more for a special exhibit at Stepping Stones in celebration of Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday.