16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Printmaking is one of my very favorite processes to explore with children. Seeing how a texture or pattern repeats itself is full of magic, and a delightful process to witness and experience with kids. Here are 16 super easy, and very fun printmaking projects that are sure to inspire children (of all ages) to experiment with printing. Dip nuts and bolts into paint … [Read more...]

Fall Craft Ideas: Paint Coffee Filter Suncatchers

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

If you're interested in ways to bring the Fall season to life, today I'm sharing fall craft idea that encourages children to be inventive and think independently. Present the Supplies as an Art Invitation If you follow TinkerLab, you know that I appreciate projects that encourage children to think for themselves and come up with their own unique spin on the materials. … [Read more...]

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners

Easy Set-up for Stop Motion Animation with Kids | TinkerLab.com

While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it's mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We're lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them. However, we've had a few … [Read more...]

Should Food be used in Preschool Sensory Activities?

Should food be used in preschool sensory activities? | TinkerLab.com

Every since I dipped my toes into the world of Early Childhood Education, the hotly debated issue of whether or not food should be used in preschool sensory activities has come up multiple times. My background in the arts, where all supplies were fair game for art-making, didn't prepare me for the variety of opinions that circle this topic. TinkerLab reader, Pam, presented … [Read more...]

Layered Rainbow Colored Rice Jars

Preschool Art: Colored Rice

Yesterday I shared a recipe for colored rice, and today I'm sharing a fun and simple creative invitation to make a layered rainbow colored rice jar. Like all things on TinkerLab, this is just a jumping off point and should act more as inspiration than doctrine. Offer your child the materials and then see what he or she comes up with. You may be surprised by the … [Read more...]

Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

spreading out rice

After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [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...]