Summer Break and TinkerLab Updates

happy summer collage

Hi everyone! It's been an exciting and busy couple weeks for me. My book came out on June 10 with a flurry of activity. For one, we're in the middle of an incredible blog book tour, which I'd encourage you to check out if you'd like to learn more about TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors (affiliate link). Are you already reading the book? Maybe you'd like to … [Read more...]

OK Go’s The Writing’s on the Wall and Optical Illusions

OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall Music Video and Optical Illusion | TinkerLab.com

Have you seen the new OK Go video, The Writing's On the Wall? Holy Smokes, people -- if MC Escher were alive today, this is the sort of thing he would have come up with. All of OK Go's videos are impossibly imaginative, and they somehow seemed to have trumped their best work. See for yourself... From what I've read, they created this in just one take! Seriously. … [Read more...]

Should Food be used in Preschool Sensory Activities?

Should food be used in preschool sensory activities? | TinkerLab.com

Every since I dipped my toes into the world of Early Childhood Education, the hotly debated issue of whether or not food should be used in preschool sensory activities has come up multiple times. My background in the arts, where all supplies were fair game for art-making, didn't prepare me for the variety of opinions that circle this topic. TinkerLab reader, Pam, presented … [Read more...]

Layered Rainbow Colored Rice Jars

Preschool Art: Colored Rice

Yesterday I shared a recipe for colored rice, and today I'm sharing a fun and simple creative invitation to make a layered rainbow colored rice jar. Like all things on TinkerLab, this is just a jumping off point and should act more as inspiration than doctrine. Offer your child the materials and then see what he or she comes up with. You may be surprised by the … [Read more...]

Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

spreading out rice

After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [Read more...]