By John Moffett
The Meridian Times
It’s Tuesday at Meridian Mall and a local store called We Love Kids n Dogs is setting up its play space called the Mini Maker for Take It Apart Tuesdays. Six-year-old Adriana Singleton walks in excited to see what she is going to dissect. She has taken apart drills, a Barbie and a toy bike, so anything is possible.
Take It Apart Tuesdays is 5-9 p.m. at We Love Kids n Dogs. At Take It Apart Tuesdays, kids from 4-15 can see in the inner makings of almost anything they can think of. Kids and parents alike seem to be very interested of the inner makings of household items they use almost daily.
Melissa Allen, owner of We Love Kids n Dogs and leader of Take It Apart Tuesdays, explains why kids seem to love take things apart. “Kids are just curious about the things around them,” Allen said. “So we just provide a safe place for kids to learn about tools, appliances and toys and see how they work.”
Adriana walked in that day first using a lemon to make a clock. Using supplies coming from a buyable kit, Adrianna learned about the idea behind using a lemon or even a potoato as a battery.
Next it was time to take apart an electric saw. Adriana, with some help from her father, David Singleton, unscrewed the saw with tools she knew how to use from past sessions. She even called for a specific screwdriver, the one with the magnetic tip, so that she could take out the screws with ease. After taking out all the screws, she opened the saw and looked at all the wires, gears, and the motor, but they weren’t done there.
Taking apart gears and cutting wires, everything seems to get a little a messy, but Adriana said, “That’s what Take It Apart Tuesday is all about!” Adriana wasn’t afraid to get dirty, as she got grease on her hands while she took apart the motor and saw how it compared to motor from the drill she took apart the previous week.
Allen encourages parents and children to come learn about the things they use every day. Allen also encourages people to bring in what they want to take apart, if you are interested in what your old action figure is made out of, bring it in and you can see. Donations are also welcome. You can donate used laptops, old power tools, and used toys. Allen says that she hopes to take apart a TV remote, stuffed animals, and other toys that kids use every day.
Allen hopes to bring in as many kids as possible, and help kids explore their curiosity in this unique learning experience. For more information, check out the We Love Kids n Dogs website, or look them up on Facebook. And check out the video that was made for this report on Vimeo.