Summer Maker Camp

 by Mindful Makers
DIY, Summer Camp, Arts and Crafts
7 - 14 yearsRegistration required, Drop-off

Our theme this summer will be...OUTER SPACE!

We'll be making a mix of functional props and objects, custom wearables, soft toys, artwork, and sculptural creations. Projects are open to modifications based on the student's interest. Our end goal is to teach how a tool or process works and help you make something awesome with it.

Take a look at the projects we have planned below:

  • Space-slime stress ball
  • Suminagashi (Japanese paper marbling)
  • Stuffed space alien sock creatures
  • Hand bound "captain's log" notebooks
  • Mold making replica of hand sculpted object
  • Galaxy camp shirts with bleach + fabric dyes
  • Nebula in a jar wearable prop
  • 3D modelled and printed space crystal lamp
  • constellation art with an electronic LED star circuit
  • planetary circular weaving wall art
  • Tapigami (masking tape sculptures)

In addition to these projects, our students will have the opportunity to create their own paper marble roller coaster!

We recognize the importance for having time to tinker around and really get familiar with a material in order to achieve a sense of mastery over it. Our students will have an opportunity each day to work on their roller coaster, using a basic template that requires cutting, scoring, folding, taping and assembly of various pieces. They will be encouraged to build from the basic template and add their own twist by creating a theme, and inventing new pieces and levels to their paper coaster. We will also have the help of our Silhouette paper cutting machine to cut out some of the trickier pieces and to speed up the process.


Camp runs 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Drop-off starts at 8:45 am, and pick up is until 4:30 pm.

If you require additional child care outside of these times, we will offer before and after care for a small additional fee. AM care starts at 8:00 am and PM care runs until 5:30.

We also offer single day camp registrations ($70) for children who cannot attend an entire week but still want to join in on the fun! We still recommend attending a full week since many of our projects take multiple days to complete the entire making process.

More about the Camp

Our mission at Mindful Makers is to get kids comfortable using real tools. Our instructors teach proper techniques, and safety is always our top priority. In our lessons, we teach how a variety of raw materials can be manipulated to create something new. These fundamental skills will foster critical thinking, and in turn will boost self-esteem and happiness.

Our unique lesson plans bring together art and technology to create a joyful making experience. Inspired by MIT's course, How To Make (Almost) Anything, we will teach daily lessons on a variety of techniques and materials. We focus on the process, and not just the final outcome. Our students are encouraged to spend more time working on those activities they enjoy the most during our "Open Build" period each day.

Here's a list of skills and processes we will be getting hands-on with:

  • Book binding
  • Sewing (by hand and machine)
  • Weaving on a simple loom
  • CNC paper cutting on the Silhouette
  • Printmaking and fabric dying
  • Sculpting with Polycaprolactone (a low temperature melting plastic)
  • Mold making with gelatin mold
  • Electronic circuits
  • 3D modelling and 3D printing
  • Building with paper, tape, and cardboard!

Parent Testimonial

"My son wasn't too keen on going to camp without a friend (he's a pretty shy kind of guy) but as we were pulling out of the parking lot on the Friday, he thanked me for sending him and said it was the best camp he's ever been too. And he's made his brother quite jealous with all the things he has made!" - Jen

Starting in July

 Registration open
Monday July 23 - Friday July 27 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   
Monday July 30 - Friday August 3 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   


 Registration open
Tuesday August 7 - Friday August 10 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   
Monday August 13 - Friday August 17 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   
Monday August 20 - Friday August 24 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   
Monday August 27 - Friday August 31 from 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM   


 543 Beechwood Dr, Waterloo

Mindful Makers