Plant a Garden with Kids

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Do you have a little spot of dirt for your kids to garden in? If not, today I'd like to challenge you to think about your outdoor spaces and see if you can come up with a spot that's just for the kids. It can be anything from a large plot to a couple of planters. Children learn through hands-on experiences, and this project will enable them to spend time outdoors, design … [Read more...]

Thrifting for the Garden

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Is it warm in your part of the world? Are your kids spending lots of time outdoors? Summer is here and our garden is getting so much attention. My kids are happy when they're outside, so I've been thinking up ways to turn our outdoor spaces into play pockets and learning laboratories. In addition to our water wall, fairy garden, and outdoor drawing studio, my children … [Read more...]

Tinker Tots: How to Take a Plush Toy Apart

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Tinkerer: one who experiments with materials and ideas to fully understand their capacities, and who further iterates on their learning to find better solutions to current problems.  Tinker Tots is a series of projects where I  share tinkering materials or tools that can be safely introduced as open invitations for children to explore and tinker. Materials Toy or … [Read more...]

Why is Tinkering Important?

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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Edison True to the name of this blog, Tinkerlab, I'm excited to start a new series called "Tinker With..." where I'll introduce new tinker with materials, categories of materials, or tools that can be introduced as open invitations for children to explore. The first Tinker With... will be tomorrow, … [Read more...]

DIY Masa Play Dough

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What? You've never heard of Masa Play Dough? Oh yeah, me either! The dough has a crumbly texture and leaves your hands oily, although they felt more moisturized than greasy (the base is coconut oil, which is used in beauty products). The dough also has a lovely tortilla scent that I really enjoyed. Are you ready? Follow me, and I'll show you how it's done. I live in … [Read more...]