Found Object Art | Junk Critters

Found Object Art - Make a Junk Critter | Tinkerlab.com

I'm a huge fan of breathing new life into long-lost materials, and I've been making found object art pieces like these since I was a kid. Last weekend my friend, Danielle, and were in Napa to lead a fun, fast-paced Maker Session at the California Association of Museums annual conference. For our workshop we brought these cool hands-on maker kits that my kids oohed and … [Read more...]

Boston Children’s Museum Pop-Up Recycle Shop

Boston Children's Museum Pop-Up Recycle Shop | Tinkerlab

We spent some time in Boston over the winter break, and had the great pleasure of happening upon the Boston Children's Museum's Pop Up Recycle Shop. The Recycle Shop has been a staple of the museum for over 35 years, and lucky us, they've brought it back just for the holidays. If you find yourself in the Boston area in the next few days, it's open through January 1, 2014, … [Read more...]

Jellybean Matzo House

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 This article was first shared in April 2011. We had more than our fair share of Easter sweets this weekend, but I had a plan all along to purge our house of all that extra sugar by "gluing" it to some sort of base, like a paper plate, and calling it art. As I talked to my almost three-year old about the idea, we mused over what we could glue our candy to. Something … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Pyramid Lanterns

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I have such a heavy heart today, friends, because we lost one of the good ones in this world. My dear friend, Steve, who happens to be one of the funniest, wisest, and most generous people I know lost his long battle with cancer. I wasn't planning to post anything today, but the glow of these paper lanterns made me think about Steve's shining light, and I thought I'd … [Read more...]

A Scientific Experiment with Celery and Food Coloring

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While I'm an art educator by trade, having small people pulling at my pants has turned me into a mini-alchemist who's suddenly found herself reading books to her kids about Galileo (The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition) and brewing all sorts of concoctions in our kitchen (vinegar and baking soda, anyone?). This project is easy to achieve with basic kitchen … [Read more...]