Easy Crafts for Kids | Flower Bouquet

Simple Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquet | Easy Craft for Kids

This flower bouquet project is part of our new series of easy crafts for kids, and takes about 5 minutes to set up and encourages children to make aesthetic choices. We also love this flower bouquet because it's... Mess-free Supports fine-motor skills Turns into a one-of-a-kind bouquet for gifting This project was actually born out of my daughter's own cure for … [Read more...]

Doily and Watercolor Art for Preschoolers

Easy Watercolor and Doily Art | TinkerLab

This simple doily and watercolor art for preschoolers uses basic art materials and encourages children to explore the medium of watercolors through process-based creating. This project, like so many others that you'll find on TinkerLab, is process-based. It's set up as a Creative Invitation, meaning that the materials are laid out in an inviting way, and then the child … [Read more...]

Introduce Kids to Calligraphy

Introduce Kids to Calligraphy | TinkerLab

Introduce a child to calligraphy, and you'll open him up to a world of penmanship, which is especially important in a time when cursive writing is being eliminated from public schools (Washington Post). Children will also learn to work with a dynamic and somewhat unforgiving drawing media and gain first-hand experience into the history of fancy writing.  cal-lig-ra-phy … [Read more...]

How to Set up an Art Cart

How to set up and Art Cart for easy-to-reach, everyday art suppiles| TinkerLab

If you’re looking for ways to organize your most frequently used art supplies, the rolling, portable art cart could be a great solution. While we haven’t always had an art cart, I now appreciate that our everyday supplies have their own place, and that the cart can roll around the house and park itself right next to wherever my children decide to make their mark.  What's … [Read more...]

How to Felt a Wool Sweater

How to Felt Wool Sweaters | TinkerLab.com

Have you ever wondered how to felt a wool sweater? Today we'll show you how how to felt a wool sweater and how to make felted wool flowers to use as pins or barrettes. The inspiration for these instructions and post came from one of our favorite new books, This Book was a Tree by Marcie Cuff (Perigree, 2014). We reviewed the book here (and there are links to other … [Read more...]

Creative Snapshot | Sorting Wool

Sorting Wool Kids

Do you follow Amanda Blake Soule's blog, SouleMama? Her blog is one of the first I ever laid eyes on. I'll save that story for another time (it's a good one), but I mention Amanda's blog today because she has a cool weekly (every Friday) ritual called This Moment. For these posts, she shares one photo (usually no words) that captures something special about her week. It's … [Read more...]

Origami for Kids: Origami Rabbit

origami rabbit

We've been digging through a fun stack of origami paper (from Daiso) to fold up a family of origami rabbits. When I was in grade school, I loved origami. One of my good friends was Japanese, and I have strong memories of folding cranes and boats in her house to hang on a community Christmas tree. The cranes were tricky, but learning the series of folds tested and … [Read more...]

Recycled Art Sculpture | Mystery Box Challenge

Recycled Art Sculpture | Tinkerlab.com

Do you have a box of recyclables with a plan to turn them into art or something amazing? Today we're sharing one of our favorite recycled art projects using found objects, inspired by this project at the Boston Children's Museum. and the Random Challenge Boxes from Matt Jervis at Make it Creativity. Recycled Art with Upcycled Materials I recently led a fun maker station … [Read more...]

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...]

Engineering for Kids | Fort Building Kit

Fort Magic Kit Review

This post is sponsored by Fort Magic. Read all the way to the end for a special offer! Do you have a child who likes to build forts? Have you heard of Fort Magic, the fort building kit for kids?  We were first introduced to this super-fun engineering kit for kids over a year ago, and our fort-building is still going strong. You can read our original review of Fort Magic … [Read more...]