Welcome to Tinkerlab, where you’ll find creative experiments for young 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 Tricycle. Rachelle, who started this messy maker zone, 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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What is TinkerLab?
TinkerLab® is a place where children are encouraged to follow their curiosities, test how materials work, experiment, and ultimately combine materials and ideas together in new, inventive ways.
The word TinkerLab® describes both the physical space of the art studio/science lab where a family or class builds, paints, experiments, and tinkers, and it’s also the experimental state of mind that manifests what happens in this space.
Tinkering as the process of taking something apart in order to understand how it works, and then rebuilding with a better solution in mind. Not only is tinkering as a hands-on activity rewarding and useful, but the process of following one’s curiosities, understanding how something works, and then redesigning a better outcome is a metaphor for life! I love that we can give our children these skills to chip away at how the world works and then help them create pathways to design a better future.
To read more about tinkering click here.
If you don’t already have a designated TinkerLab®, or space for creating, it’s easy to get started. Your space doesn’t have to be fancy, and it can be set up in a playroom just as easily as at the dining table. In my tiny house, we converted our living room space into a maker space, and it serves us well.
By making “creating” a fixture in your home or classroom, you’ll give your child or students permission to invent on a whim and honor the makers inside of them.
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 and wherever great books are sold. This blog is an amazing resource, and you’re sure to find more of my best stuff in that book.
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