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Simple Sketchbook Prompt to Kick off the Day

Today I have a fun and simple sketchbook prompt for you. This one is for all of my tinkersketch friends, new and old. I've been trying to make a habit of getting up before the kids so that I can have a little time to breathe before the day begins. A few weeks ago I picked up these new Canson Mixed Media journals (Amazon affiliate link), found on sale at Michael's,and I was eager to give them a try. I started with made a random assortment of circles on my paper by tracing the inside of a tape roll. So easy, right? I was inspired by this zentangle post from Tiny Rotten Peanuts. Her … [Read More...]

Back to School Supply Deals | TinkerLab.com

Back to School Supply Deals

With kids going back to school this week and in the upcoming weeks, school supplies are on sale. Hooray! This can be a good time to stock up on all the goodies you'll need to carry you through the year. We often shop at our favorite local drug store for supplies, but there's nothing like the convenience of ordering from home. I combed through Amazon (this post contains affiliate links) for the best back to school supply deals, and compiled a list of some of our favorite supplies and reader recommendations. This list contains lots of amazing deals. While I was pulling this post … [Read More...]

Obstacles Game Review | TinkerLab Approved

TinkerLab Approved: Obstacles Game by eeBoo

Obstacles: A Game of Imaginative Solutions by eeBoo is  one of my family's very favorite games, and I've been planning this review for some time. In this game, players take a journey along a path that's riddled with wild obstacles (blizzard, waterfall, cave, etc.) and must overcome them from an array of unusual tools (siren, jack-in-the-box, propeller hat, etc.). The solutions are often unexpected as this game pushes players to come up with innovative and creative solutions. As a collaborative game, it's designed so that everyone can work together to come up with the best possible … [Read More...]

Library Maker Space | Kaechele Learning Commons | TinkerLab.com

TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons

Today we're joined by Librarian and Information Specialist, Shannon Hyman, of Kaechele Elementary School in Virginia who's here to share her school's TinkerSpace with us. Shannon's school library is one of many around the world that are now weaving making and creating into the library learning environment. With the rise of STEM and STEAM in school curricula, bringing maker spaces into schools is a growing trend that I'm excited to see on the rise. Can you tell us about your library? Our Library Learning Commons (LLC) is a large, flexibly designed space where our students learn how to … [Read More...]