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...]

Our Favorite Homemade Paint Recipes

favorite homemade paint recipes for kids

Have you ever made your own paint? If not, these homemade paint recipes are just the thing to get you started. You'll be surprised at just how easy, fast, and affordable making your own paint can be. Here are some of the reasons that we love to make our own homemade paint: It's just plain fun to make things that you'd otherwise buy in the store. It can save you … [Read more...]

Activities for Toddlers while Older Child Makes Art

How to set up art activities for children of different ages | TinklerLab.com

TinkerLab reader, Kristen, shared a question with me that I think will resonate with a lot of our readers. This question comes up all the time, in many forms, from parents of toddlers and older children: "Can you suggest any activities for toddlers while my older child makes art?" Here's Kristen's question: "Our biggest challenge right now is dealing with two kids at … [Read more...]

Valentine Crafts for Kids | Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp

Kids Art Project | Simple and Colorful Cardboard Roll Heart Prints with Kids | TinkerLab

Today we're making a cardboard roll heart stamp as part of our series of Valentines Crafts for Kids. If you're even slightly crafty, have small children, and a tiny bit of an art supply hoarder, you probably have a small collection of paper towel or toilet paper rolls hiding somewhere, waiting to be turned into art. If not, it's just a matter of time before you have one, … [Read more...]

Heart Sewing Cards for Preschoolers

Sewing Card Activity for Valentine's Day | TinkerLab.com

It's always fun to add a seasonal twist to the activities we do with children, and these sewing cards for preschoolers can be easily adapted to any holiday, interest, or season. Valentine's Day is right around the corner so we stitched a heart shape, but consider a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day, pine tree for Christmas, or a fish in the middle of summer. Note: This … [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...]