DIY Community for Kids

November 7, 2012

By Koseli.

Have you heard of DIY.org? It’s an online community for kids and it’s smart. Children post their own DIY projects — like snow castles, wolf masks, knitted scarves, legos, rock collections, and forts — and share their work with fellow users. They can complete challenges to receive patches specific to a particular skill, like Camper, Paper Crafter, or Zoologist. The image above is just a few of the many, many patches they can earn. Could this be the boy scouts/girl scouts of the future?

Here, two blacksmith apprentices forge their own metal leaf. Pretty cool. Do your kids love to build things? Be creative? Would they like a site like this?

P.S. — The site seems to take privacy very seriously; users choose nicknames and illustrated animal avatars so their names and faces never have to be shown.

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November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

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1 Gina November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

That sounds awesome! I am always looking for additional activities for my kiddo. Nice find, thanks!

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2 Stephanie@GlassPeacock November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

What a FABULOUS idea!!!!! I can’t wait to show my daughter this tonight! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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3 rachel swartley November 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

Very cool. That looks like something my kids would LOVE!

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4 Koseli November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Awesome. Yes, I can’t wait to share with my nieces and nephews. It’s brilliant.

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5 Kim November 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Sounds awesome, especially for my DIYer 8 year old.

Also, I got my Zoologist badge, but it took me three years at University! ;)

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6 Heidi November 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hallelujah! Thank you for posting this. My husband and I were literally just talking about doing some goal oriented creative project with our kids that would not be scouts but be like that! I was thinking we would have to develop some elaborate system that would probably take us a year and would get procrastinated and never finished and now you have saved the day !

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7 Koseli November 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Oh, I’m so glad. An exciting family activity tonight. :)

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8 Linda November 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Great share, thank you. My son will LOVE this.

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9 whitney November 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

WAHOO! My son is going to love this. Finally! Somewhere to show off his Lego boats, paper airplanes and army set ups!

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10 Jenni Bailey November 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

This is awesome! We started Girl Scouts this year and are already burnt out and a bit disillusioned about it (at least I can say that I am). Something like this would fill the patch-earning excitement void left by our departure from scouting next year.

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11 Andrea November 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

Oh, my kids will love this! I can’t wait to show them. Thanks for the recommendation.

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12 Katie November 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Do you know if they earn real badges? (As opposed to virtual ones…)

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13 Zach November 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Yep! Real embroidered patches coming soon.

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14 Koseli Cummings November 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

Good to know, Zach. I know lots of people were wondering this.

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15 Sally from Little Hiccups November 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

Oh, this is such a great idea! I have a five year old super busy creator in my house who would just love to take part in this. She really responds to rewards (badges, certificates etc) so I can imagine she’d be pretty motivated to earn those patches!
Thanks for sharing :)

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16 Koseli Cummings January 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Oh so great, Sally. I just came back to this post after reading one of Erin Loechner’s posts on Design for Mini Kind on children and the entrepreneurial spirit. I cannot get enough of this DIY.org concept. It’s wonderful!

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