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...]

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

Kids Winter Craft: Winter Collage

How do you feel about holiday activities? I love it all...the tree trimming, wreath making, cookie decorating, Santa sighting, and latke cooking. Yes, it's only December 7, and we've already done it all! But I've learned that I can only take it in small doses before I need to bury my head in a pillow. And then I learned this week that my kids feel the same way. When … [Read more...]

We only think when confronted with a problem

we only think when confronted with a problem :: tinkerlab.com

"We only think when confronted with a problem." -- John Dewey, American philosopher and educator What do you think about this quote by John Dewey?  I spend a lot of my time considering how to set the stage for open-ended discovery as a way to foster a child's confidence and independence. If you caught my last post, Organizing a Self-serve Creativity Zone, you'll see a … [Read more...]

Organize a Self-Serve Creativity Zone

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"The drive to master our environment is a basic human characteristic from the beginning -- from birth." --Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University (From Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky. New York: Harper Collins, 2010). Do you have self-serve spaces in your home that are dedicated to creativity, art, science, and tinkering? Today I'm sharing our creative zone, the space … [Read more...]

Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage

tape and found book collage process based art with kids

                        “Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs”   ~ John F. Kennedy Do you set up open-ended prompts or invitations for art-making? Making art, and … [Read more...]