The Book

TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors (Roost Books, 2014), is a book for families and educators who care about raising creative thinkers. The reviews are glorious and humbling, and I’m delighted that the TinkerLab book is moving into the hearts and minds of so many parents, educators, grandparents, caregivers, and makers. TinkerLab has also been the #1 Best Seller in Crafts for Kids on Amazon (affiliate). Woo-hoo!

TinkerLab Book

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You might enjoy reading some of the reviews from our online Book Tour.

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Take a Peek Inside the TinkerLab Book

Click here to download the Watercolor Exploration PDF

TinkerLab Book Free Creativity Activity for Kids: Watercolor Exploration

Click here to download the Potion Station PDF

TinkerLab Book Free Activity for Creative Kids, Potion Station

Praise For TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors

“I highly recommend Tinkerlab to any parent with young children! I read the book in one sitting (it was that well written) but know I will be referring back to it for years as I encourage my own daughters’ tinkering, experimenting, and creative development.”—Jean V’ant Hul, author of The Artful Parent

“I love Tinkerlab! This book is a glorious invitation for wonder and delight. The teacher in me respects the approach to creativity, process, and self-directed exploration. The mom in me is charmed by the easy-access of materials and projects. Fun! Fun! Fun!”—Lynn Brunelle, author of Pop Bottle Science and Camp Out: The Ultimate Kids’ Guide

“Being playful and creative is such a vital necessity in today’s world!  As an arts educator and parent of a curious four-year-old, I greatly value and embrace the ‘tinkering mindset’ at the core of Doorley’s Tinkerlab.  What an exceptional resource for all ages as we work to include more creative experiences and explorations in our lives.”—Michael Murawski, PhD, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum and Founder and Editor at

More Praise for TinkerLab.

See all the reviews on Good Reads. Here’s an sample:

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See all the reviews on Amazon. Here’s a sample:

TinkerLab Book Review


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We are sooooo excited about today’s post… Our very own @tinkerlab book! Can’t wait to get stuck in!  — Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art via Instagram

Where I’m getting my inspiration today… (Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley of @tinkerlab ) Love this book! — Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent via Instagram

Look what just arrived! The brand new book from @tinkerlab YAY!!!  —Alissa Marquess on Instagram

Oh @tinkerlab So So beautiful. Cannot wait to dig in on this bit of happy mail!!! #tinkerlabbook  — Tiffany Dahle via Instagram

November 2014

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October 2014

TinkerLab book on Instagram

TinkerLab Book on Instagram #tinkerlabbook

Loving these “Ten Tinkerlab Habits of Mind” from @tinkerlab and her new book… Plus she has great ideas for setting up a space for tinkering and creating!  — Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent

Thrilled to get my hands on Tinkerlab’s book! A great resource for encouraging creativity in children. Melissa Jordan, The Chocolate Muffin Tree

@tinkerlab rachelle!!!!!! it’s here! congrats, my friend! i cannot wait to sit and appreciate your brilliance on each page! Jen Berlingo, Art Therapist

Oh my goodness! @tinkerlab Rachelle, this is gorgeous! I cannot wait to dive into this with the kids.  Kara Fleck,


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