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About TinkerLab

Welcome to Tinkerlab, where you’ll find creative experiments for makers and rule breakers. TinkerLab has been celebrated as one of the top 25 Creative Mom Blogs  by Circle of Moms and was named most awesome local blog by Red TricycleRachelle is one of the 20 Must Follow Moms on Pinterest, and TinkerLab is just an all-around rad resource for anyone interested in kids and creativity.

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TinkerLab is a blog founded by Rachelle Doorley as a source of inspiration for parents, teachers, and caregivers in search of creative activities for children. The site has since grown into a creative hub  that celebrates child-directed projects, art-making prompts, and creative inspiration that values hands-on making and occasional rule-breaking. 

What is TinkerLab?

TinkerLab describes both the physical space of the art studio/science lab where a family or class builds, paints, experiments, and tinkers. It’s also the experimental state of mind that goes into the things happen in this space. To read more about tinkering click here.

If you don’t already have a designated Tinkerlab, or space for creating, it’s so easy to get started. Your space doesn’t have to be fancy, and it can be set up in a playroom as easily as at the dining table. In my tiny house, we converted our living room space into a maker space, and it really serves us well.

By making “creating” a fixture in your home, you’ll give your child permission to invent on a whim and honor the makers inside of everyone in your home.

For more on this topic, I’ve also written a popular book: TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, which you can find on Amazon. This blog is an amazing resource, but you’re sure to find my best stuff in that book.

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