12 Art Projects for Toddlers

12 Toddler Art Projects | TinerkLab.com

I'm often asked for activity ideas for toddlers, so I collected a few of my favorite art projects for toddlers. These projects are mostly easy to execute, don't call for a lot of fancy supplies, often suggest using supplies that you already have at home, and are 100% age-appropriate for little hands. Enjoy! 12 Art Projects for Toddlers Make your own simple paint … [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...]

How to Blow Out an Egg, plus 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, … [Read more...]

Activities for Toddlers while Older Child Makes Art

How to set up art activities for children of different ages | TinklerLab.com

TinkerLab reader, Kristen, shared a question with me that I think will resonate with a lot of our readers. This question comes up all the time, in many forms, from parents of toddlers and older children: "Can you suggest any activities for toddlers while my older child makes art?" Here's Kristen's question: "Our biggest challenge right now is dealing with two kids at … [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...]

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...]

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...]