One of the most amazing things about kids is their innate willingness to be crafters, builders and makers. It doesn't matter if an object has been done one thousand times before or involves complex aspects of physics and geometry. Given the time, space and materials, kids will give just about anything a shot. There is a new website where this creative spirit is celebrated and the fruits of their labor can be proudly displayed.
If your child is dying to show off their latest invention but you are leery of posting anything to YouTube or Facebook, DIY.org may be just what the mad scientist ordered. An online community based on encouragement as opposed to snarkiness, DIY.org allows kids to post pictures of their projects for other young makers to see. These projects are then rated with one of five icons, all of which are positive in nature.
Of course, kids cannot sign up without parental consent, and personal pictures are not allowed. Each member instead chooses an animal avatar and either creates their own nickname or has one generated for them.
A cursory glance at the latest projects was very impressive, both in sophistication and variety. An origami dinosaur, a working periscope, a solar-powered model car and a zombie-apocalypse survival tool were a few of many that caught our eye. If your child is a consummate crafter and tireless tinkerer, then definitely give DIY.org a look.