Tinkering with Club TinkerLab

Join Club TinkerLab: an online tinkering club for people who are interested in making, inventing, tinkering, educating, and engineering with kids.

When my book launched in June 2014, I quietly started a Facebook group called Club TinkerLab, an online tinkering club for people who are interested in making, inventing, tinkering, crafting, and engineering with kids.  Since June, I've shared this tinkering club with my newsletter subscribers and Facebook friends, and today I wanted to give this special club a shout-out on … [Read more...]

How to Make Natural Dye for Painting and Eggs

How to make natural dyes from beets, red cabbage, turmeric, blueberries, and annatto seeds.

  Today I'm sharing my favorite recipes for making homemade DIY all-natural dye for painting and egg decorating. While these dyes take a bit more time than their store-bought cousins, they are easy to make and definitely worth a try. While I have nothing against store-bought egg dye, we've been making our own egg dyes for a few years and there are a few benefits … [Read more...]

Pi Day 2015 | Pi Day Art Project

This fun and easy Pi Day Art Activity will get your creativity flowing, and it's a fun way to build enthusiasm around Pi Day | TinkerLab.com

Did you know that this is a special year for Pi? What is Pi? Pi is the sixteen letter of the Greek alphabet, and it's also a symbol used to describe the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, meaning that pi equals the circumference divided by the diameter (π = c/d). The interesting this about pi is that mathematicians who have been working on this number … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Shadow Drawing Prompt

Mason Jar Solar Light Drawing Prompt

After we made a Mason Jar Solar Light, we noticed that our non-frosted mason jar lantern created a loopy, squiggly, and sharp pattern of shadows when illuminated on the table. To turn this into an art activity, we added a few supplies (a piece of paper and pencil) and played around with this fun and creative shadow drawing prompt. Care to join us? Drawing Prompt: … [Read more...]

Art for Kids | DIY Stamps

Homemade stamps with everyday materials | TinkerLab.com

DIY Stamps and art supplies, oh, how I love you! Making our own art supplies has done wonders for helping my kids develop their resourceful muscle. As a result of turning corks into stamps and chopsticks into painting tools, I'm constantly catching my girls rescuing cardboard from the recycling bin and saying things like, "let's turn this into art!" In that spirit, I … [Read more...]