Three Little-known Secrets to Great Teaching

Learning about Shakespeare with Rafe Esquith

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”  ~ Henry Brooks Adams Have you ever had one of those teachers whose inspiration never left you? Someone who lit a fire in you that never died. A teacher whose influence and ideas are carried with you to this day? I feel lucky to say that I've had one of these teachers. Rafe Esquith taught … [Read more...]

Failure is Not Trying

failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford What do you think about failure? Do you encourage your child to make mistakes? Do you celebrate attempts to try new things? Do you share your own failed attempts freely with your child? Last night was Back to School Night at my new kindergartener's school. The principal gave a motivating … [Read more...]

How to set up a Magic Potion Lab (with 3 Simple Tips)

How to set up a magic potion lab

When friends and readers talk to me about Tinkerlab, they almost always ask me about science projects. And with that, process-based experiments like the following magic potion lab inevitably come up. Today I'm over on one of my favorite blogs for childhood projects, No Time for Flash Cards, talking about one of my 3-year old's most requested activities. Won't you pop over … [Read more...]

This Creative Week: Interactive Sidewalk Art + The Creative Table Project

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Interactive Sidewalk Art: Send us your Ideas! In our last post, The Tree Tag Project, we talked about how you can set up an interactive art project that will surprise and inspire your neighbors. Related to that, a few weeks earlier, we set up this very simple prompt with a bowl of sidewalk chalk (above). Within hours our sidewalk was covered with flowers, faces, names, … [Read more...]

The Tree Tag Project {or How to Surprise Your Neighbors}

The Tree Tag Project | Tinkerlab

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.  - Alice Walker I love visual surprises. They fill me with fresh ideas and the reminder that humans are full of the endless potential to create. Things like public art installations, alleys full of colorful murals, political graffiti on the sidewalk, yarn bombing, and couches falling out of buildings excite me. But where I live … [Read more...]