How to Blow Out an Egg with 3 Easy Tricks

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Could you use some tips on how to blow out an egg and clean eggs for decorating? Hopefully, this will help you get started! Today I'm excited to share three little tricks for simplifying blown-out eggs. Messy fun, right? If you're a traditionalist, you might want to stop reading here. Otherwise, read on... How to Blow out an Egg Trick #1: Hand Drill So, if you … [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...]

Fingerprint Spiders for Halloween

Simple and Fun Fingerprint Spiders | Tinkerlab

Did you know that black widows are known for cannibalizing their mates?* Eek. Bet you didn't plan to come to Tinkerlab today to get info like that. Spider season has arrived, at least in the Halloween sense of the word, and while it may feel to early for some of us, kids can be wildly in tune with the changing of the seasons. And if it still feels too premature, you can … [Read more...]

Failure is Not Trying

failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford What do you think about failure? Do you encourage your child to make mistakes? Do you celebrate attempts to try new things? Do you share your own failed attempts freely with your child? Last night was Back to School Night at my new kindergartener's school. The principal gave a motivating … [Read more...]

Bird Seed Sensory Box

Birdseed Sensory Box Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I'm always happy to have cheap, simple, educational, and entertaining activities for my kids, and I know a lot of teachers who feel the same way. How about you? I learned this bird seed trick from one of my daughter's first preschool teachers, and I'm happy to pass it along to you. Bird Seed Sensory Box Step 1: Pour in the bird seed. Tip #1: Do this outside. Bird … [Read more...]

Glowing Playdough Recipe

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Today I'm joined by Tinkerlab reader Natasha Levochkina McCain, who's sharing her glowing playdough recipe with us today. This is one of the coolest ways to update play dough, and I think you'll get a kick out of it. We sure did. Enjoy! This play dough inspired my whole family. Not just my two sons (three and five years old), but even a very busy and sometimes … [Read more...]

Homemade Card Idea: Peek-a-boo Cards

Make Homemade Cards: Peek-a-boo Cards

"Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company." - Lord Byron Do you make time to hand-write letters? I have piles of stationary that I used to adore writing on, but now these delightful pieces of artful ephemera seem to collect a whole lot of dust since everything has become digital. I'd love to get back to the fine art of letter writing, … [Read more...]