November News and an Announcement

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Hi friends! Yesterday I shared that I would have some news for you today. Since, apparently, I'm terrible about keeping secrets across social media you may have already heard: I'm working on a Tinkerlab book (!!) to be published by Roost Books (2014). Holy Cow! I'm sharing this, in part, to explain why I haven't been able to post as much lately. I've been pulling the night … [Read more...]

Tinkersketch Art Ideas

tinkersketch art ideas

Are you a creative parent or teacher who's looking for some art ideas? Do you know about the ongoing #Tinkersketch art journal challenge that's brewing over on Instagram? Every day, people just like you and me show up to snap and share photos of their sketchbook art ideas.  The idea behind this challenge is to make a little bit of room in our busy parenting lives to … [Read more...]

50 Simple Halloween Ideas for Kids

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If you're scrambling to pull off some Halloween magic, these simple Halloween ideas will help you move gracefully through this spooky season. Halloween Ideas: Science Experiments Let's start off with some gooey, oozy Halloween ideas that are fun to make and play with. Dry Ice Experiment, Tinkerlab 5 Fun Science Experiements, Science Sparks Elephant Toothpaste, … [Read more...]

Looking at Art with Kids: Norman Rockwell

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Have you spent any time looking at art -- in a MUSEUM -- with your child? Even though I'm an arts educator who spent years leading gallery tours and training docents, we don't spend as much time in art museums as I'd like because, you know, my children look at everything as a potential playground. I have an arsenal of gallery games and tricks up my sleeve, but they're no match … [Read more...]

Fall Luminary: Make a Lantern

Crayon Shavings :: from Tinkerlab, Creative Experiments for Kids

Today I'm joined by Arts Educator extraordinaire, Amanda Gross, who's back to show us how to make a Fall Luminary from leaves and melted crayons. Not only are these beautiful, but the processes of collecting leaves, peeling crayons, and melting the wax with an iron are sure to capture a child's attention. Make a Lantern! Luminaries are perfect for brightening a crisp … [Read more...]