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...]

Make a Simple Room Fort

How to build a simple kids fort with tape and a sheet

Hello Tinker-firends! I've been busy with some family business and book edits that are taking a toll on my late-night blogging time. How are you doing? Until I get a better handle on these details I thought I'd share some quick snippets of tinkering inspiration from our days at home and out-and-about. Today we have a down-and-dirty favorite from my husband, our resident … [Read more...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Dye for Easter Eggs

Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Creativity and Education Interestingness

Creativity and education interestingness from the Tinkerlab blog

It's been a while since I've done a round-up of creativity and education resources, and since a few pieces of interestingness have crossed my desk this week, I wanted to take a minute to share these great resources with you! I hope you enjoy them and that they give you some food for thought. And if you've spotted any great articles that you think I should know about, please … [Read more...]