Art Tips: Recycle Boxes into Art Panels

Art tip: Save cardboard pieces for art making | TinkerLab

We love art tips. Click here for more tips from this series. This is a favorite tip for the economical folks in the room: recycle your cardboard boxes and turn them into art panels. How did this all start? Well, we had a yard sale this past week. Can you hear my sigh of relief? I used to love having yard sales, but since having kids it's always been easier to take our … [Read more...]

Make a Milk Jug Shovel

Make a Milk Jug Shovel | TinkerLab.com

I spotted a milk jug shovel online. Gasp! Given that I adore all things DIY, especially if they involve my recycling bin, I had to try this. I dug and dug (pun intended...I love puns) for the original source of this spiffy idea, and nothing came up. So, as a public service to my amazing readers, I pulled this very simple tutorial together for you, with the help of my trusty … [Read more...]

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...]