Makey Makey Invention Kit for Everyone

Makey Makey Banana Piano | TinkerLab.com

Make + Key = Makey Makey Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering with a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is "yes," then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you! I've been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with our very own set. What is Makey Makey? That's a great question -- before … [Read more...]

3 Tools that Build a Child’s Confidence

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Young children are full of their own ideas, confidence, and enthusiasm for the new. As much as we hope they'll retain this strong sense of self, as they get older it's possible that their confidence can diminish with the influence of peers or self-doubt that comes from not being able to bounce back from failure. I hope that my kids can retain a strong sense of self as … [Read more...]

Tinker Tots: How to Take a Plush Toy Apart

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Tinkerer: one who experiments with materials and ideas to fully understand their capacities, and who further iterates on their learning to find better solutions to current problems.  Tinker Tots is a series of projects where I  share tinkering materials or tools that can be safely introduced as open invitations for children to explore and tinker. Materials Toy or … [Read more...]

Why is Tinkering Important?

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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Edison True to the name of this blog, Tinkerlab, I'm excited to start a new series called "Tinker With..." where I'll introduce new tinker with materials, categories of materials, or tools that can be introduced as open invitations for children to explore. The first Tinker With... will be tomorrow, … [Read more...]

What is Tinkering?

what is tinker

Tinker /ˈtiNGkər/ n.  to make small changes to something in order to improve or repair it (MacMillan Dictionary) You may have noticed this quaint little word that's at the heart of my blog title, and today I'd like to talk a bit about tinkering. I have a fun tinkering challenge up my sleeve (come back for that next week!), so consider this my introduction! What is … [Read more...]