10 Ways to Have Creative Fun with your Kids this Summer

10 Ways to have Creative Fun with your kids this summer | Tinkerlab

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”   - Henry James, Author Today is the last day of school for my kids before the start of summer. Not only is summer a school-free time for many children, but it can also mean warm weather, long car trips, digging up lots of beach sand, and long empty … [Read more...]

Glowing Playdough Recipe

glow playdough recipe | tinkerlab.com

Today I'm joined by Tinkerlab reader Natasha Levochkina McCain, who's sharing her glowing playdough recipe with us today. This is one of the coolest ways to update play dough, and I think you'll get a kick out of it. We sure did. Enjoy! This play dough inspired my whole family. Not just my two sons (three and five years old), but even a very busy and sometimes … [Read more...]

Homemade Card Idea: Peek-a-boo Cards

Make Homemade Cards: Peek-a-boo Cards

"Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company." - Lord Byron Do you make time to hand-write letters? I have piles of stationary that I used to adore writing on, but now these delightful pieces of artful ephemera seem to collect a whole lot of dust since everything has become digital. I'd love to get back to the fine art of letter writing, … [Read more...]

Simple Matching Sticker Game

Matching Sticker Game from Tinkerlab

The human brain is an incredible pattern-matching machine.  - Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Matching objects or shapes is a skill that can help children in so many areas of their lives. The process of matching images and symbols is a precursor to matching combinations of letters to words, and this, of course, is a pre-reading skill. Matching is also useful for developing … [Read more...]

Time Travel with Popcorn Breakfast Cereal

How to make breakfast popcorn. via Tinkerlab

"The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves." W.C. Fields What can get children excited to try something new? In my home it's always food and grand experiments, and this project includes both. My kids, ages 2 and 4, were enthralled from start to finish. Maybe it will be the same for you?! This project encourages … [Read more...]