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

glow playdough recipe | tinkerlab.com

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...]

Simple Matching Sticker Game

Matching Sticker Game from Tinkerlab

The human brain is an incredible pattern-matching machine.  - Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Matching objects or shapes is a skill that can help children in so many areas of their lives. The process of matching images and symbols is a precursor to matching combinations of letters to words, and this, of course, is a pre-reading skill. Matching is also useful for developing … [Read more...]