Creative Table | Making with Glitter + Natural Objects

Easy Art Prompt to Make Glittery Natural Objects | TinkerLab.com

With Fall finally hitting us here in California, we're finding and collecting lots of natural objects on our walks around town. In addition to collecting these natural objects to grace our Fall table, we like to put our crafty caps on and make them sparkly...with lots of glitter. Please don't hold this against me if you're in the "I can't stand glitter" camp. I hope we can … [Read more...]

Fun Science Experiments: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking Soda and Science Exploration | Fun Science Experiments | TinkerLab.com

My kids love fun science experiments. While cooking breakfast the other day, my three-year old asked about making concoctions with the breakfast supplies. While I'm all for mixing up ingredients with kids, I wasn't prepared to have a lot of good food go to waste. So we set up a classic concoction center with some baking soda and vinegar. So much fun! Supplies: Fun Kitchen … [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...]

An Invitation to Create with Tape and Paper

The Creative Table Project | an Invitation to Create with Tape and Paper

Today we're sharing another quick activity for hands-on making that encourages independent thinking without a lot of fuss. If you're new to the Creative Table Project, read this post for more information on how it works. We'll use today's materials of tape and paper for this simple invitation to create.  Before you begin Clear the table of anything that won’t be … [Read more...]

Creative Table | An Art Invitation with Glue + Sand

An easy Art Invitation with Glue and Sand that encourages creativity and independent thinking | TinkerLab

Let's talk kids and creativity! Are you interested in raising a creative learner who can think outside the box?  Could you use some quick and easy ideas for hands-on making that also encourage creativity and independent thinking? As a parents or educators, most of us care about raising children who can think for themselves. Will it benefit our kids if they can only … [Read more...]

Creative Table: Leaves and Glue

Creative Table with Leaves and Glue

This post is sponsored by New York Life. One way to pass along good is through Life Lessons: Simple but important truths that guide our everyday actions. In an effort to help you minimize holiday stress, through the end of the year, we'll share some of our favorite, simple Creative Table invitations. Today's set-up was inspired by a parent-led project at my daughter's … [Read more...]

Creative Table: Doilies and Scissors

Doilies and Clear tape set up

With the stressful holidays coming upon us, I thought it would be a great time to introduce a few of our favorite easy and simple Creative Table Invitations. If you're not familiar, Creative Table Invitations are essentially open-ended set-ups or provocations that invite children to explore materials, test ideas, and experiment with techniques...in their own way and on their … [Read more...]

Creative Table Inspiration from Instagram

Creative Table | Tinkerlab

How was your weekend? We had some great quality time with family and melted in the sun at the UCLA v. Stanford football game.  Now that the weekend is over, I thought it would be fun to begin our week with some Creative Table inspiration. If you're new to this series, this is a great place to start. If you head over to Instagram and search the hashtag #creativetable, … [Read more...]

This Creative Week: Interactive Sidewalk Art + The Creative Table Project

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Interactive Sidewalk Art: Send us your Ideas! In our last post, The Tree Tag Project, we talked about how you can set up an interactive art project that will surprise and inspire your neighbors. Related to that, a few weeks earlier, we set up this very simple prompt with a bowl of sidewalk chalk (above). Within hours our sidewalk was covered with flowers, faces, names, … [Read more...]