Some of My Favourite Makerspace Supplies

I’ve been incorporating making into my classroom in the past few years. Some of my biggest challenges and one of the things I spent the most time on was sourcing different needed materials and supplies. Knowing what to get, what was the best buy, what works well with students – all things that took some trial and error. I don’t claim to be the expert on these things, and things are constantly changing, but here are a few products that worked well for me and links to them.

General All-Around Great Vendors to Source Supplies

  • Kidder (great for design & build stuff – gears, pulleys, motors, tools, etc.)
  • B&B (great for Lego Robotics kits, etc.)
  • Sunwind (great solar powered project kits)

Consumables

Resources

Organization/Setup

Books

Furniture

  • Peel Creative Zone – warehouse with used furniture, free for Peel employees (& delivered right to your school!) – you never know what you might find – if you’re from a different board, ask around to see if you have something similar. Paint an ugly old table with whiteboard paint to make it look fresh and new again!
  • Hokki Stools
  • Fatboy Junior bean bag chair/pillow (be warned – they will flatten out over time and you will have to refill them – keep that ongoing cost in mind)
  • Fatboy Avenue Ottoman – these are super lightweight but sturdy, not as comfy as a bean bag but lower ongoing maintenance, easy to rearrange flexibly on the fly – combine several for modular seating
  • Global Citi 3 Seater Sofa

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