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...]

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...]

How to Make Paper Airplanes That Go Far

paper airplane table set up

Have you ever made a paper airplane? Did you learn how to make it from a book? Or maybe it was from the kid you shared a desk with in the third grade? We tested a few designs, and one of them really stood out as a winner (I'll share it below). You'll have to test some, too, and see which one flies the furthest. How to Make Paper Airplanes that go Far Well guess what? … [Read more...]

Inspired by Nature: Four Easy Steps to Follow a Child’s Interests

Inspired by Nature: wasp nest and bumble bee art

Do you have bees, birds, squirrels, deer, possum, or other creatures milling around your neighborhood? It's been wild animal week here at Casa Tinkerlab. We had two big discoveries at our house: a wasp nest in the eaves by our back door and a bird nest tucked into a hole along the siding of our house. Sad story, we found the bird nest on the ground today, and all of the … [Read more...]