Soap Making Experiments

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We made soap wrapped in hand-painted paper for Mother's Day! I've never made soap before, so this was a fun experiment for us all. First: Hand-painted paper... Materials liquid watercolors assorted paintbrushes pipettes a big sheet of watercolor paper to cover her work area small pieces of heavy, absorbent tissue paper that came with some packaging in the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Water Painting Experiments

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My friend Diana sent me these amazing photos of her son (almost 2 1/2 at the time), experimenting with water painting. She offered him a couple containers of water and a paintbrush and gave him free reign to paint away. I love how he was able to take these simple materials and experiment with them in multiple ways. He's enjoying the process of painting while learning about the … [Read more...]

Egg Dyeing Experiments

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News break  If you like TinkerLab, please click on over here and give us your vote. We won’t win anything, but the attention sure is nice! +++++   I'm excited to share my first inter-blog collaborative project. Are you ready? Today I'm posting two Easter Egg projects in conjunction with Melissa of The Chocolate Muffin Tree. After reading about last … [Read more...]

Growing Big Ideas

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"Ideas aren’t self-contained things; they’re more like ecologies and networks. They travel in clusters." -Kevin Kelly, Futurist and Author of What Technology Wants We had a big pile of CD cases, just waiting to be repurposed into...something! BioColors paints are known for their plasticity (they don't crack like tempera), and I thought it we could have some fun squeezing … [Read more...]

Traveling Magnets

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While we make a lot of art in our home, I cherish any project that develops creative and critical thinking skills. I'm attracted to fun activities with an experiential twist, and I've noticed lately that we've been dabbling in the worlds of science, literature, and dramatic play, as much as we have in that of art. For this simple experiment, we explored how magnets can travel … [Read more...]

The Butter Experiment

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Last week we made butter! I have friends who made this fine food back in their grade school/scouting/summer camp days, but I haven't had this pleasure until now. As such, this was much an experiment for me as it was for my child. And it was SO worth it. This project appealed to me because it hardly cost a thing, it was super easy to make, and I was rivited by the process … [Read more...]

Scary Spaghetti

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If you haven't already seen the newest addition to our site and you like a good challenge, check out the Experiments section. There are currently three posted experiments, which are assignment-like challenges that you can do with your kids. If you tinker with one of these, you have the option of adding a link back to your blog or uploading a photo to share with this growing … [Read more...]

What can we spin?

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My daughter was glued to the spin art table at a carnival that we went to a few months ago, so when I saw this easy spin art machine from Crayola I couldn't resist purchasing it. My friend Jean at The Artful Parent recently set up a fun spin art project for her five year old using a salad spinner and thin white paper plates. This is the same set-up we had at that carnival, and … [Read more...]

Defrosting Animals

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Although we live in mostly Sunny California, I've been inspired by all of the snow and ice activities I've been reading about in the blog world lately. Sensory activities always go over well in our house, and I had a feeling this would work out in my favor. Right after my daughter turned two, she was fascinated by all-things-ice. Here she on a plane, happily pouring ice … [Read more...]

Contact Paper Suncatcher

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Since making Sticky Autumn Collages a couple weeks ago, we've been addicted to contact paper. And thank goodness for that because I needed some serious validation for buying seventy-five feet of the stuff!!  Despite the semi-gloomy weather, we could not be stopped from making art with the word "sun" in it...this is a strong activity for even a rainy day. In fact, it's a good … [Read more...]