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...]

How to Make a Paper Airplane

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? I fall into the second camp, learning from my friends in school. And for all of the hundreds of airplanes we made, not one of them truly soared the way I expected it to. How to make a paper airplane Well guess what? Today … [Read more...]

Paint with glue, and how to make your own colored glue

How to color and paint with glue | Tinkerlab

My 2-year old is going through the phase of wanting to squeeze all the life out of any tube of paint, toothpaste, or glue that crosses her path. Have you had, or do you have, a child in that phase as well? I remember this phase well. When my older daughter hit it, I made up a big batch of flour + water paint so that she could squeeze all she wanted. It was an economical … [Read more...]

Subtraction and Addition with Manipulatives

math is fun

  Do you have a child who's interested in math? Or maybe you have one who's struggling, and you're searching for a way to make it more relevant and fun? Problem Solving Skills This is, ahem, the very first math post I've ever written. My oldest child is 4, and has taken a huge interest in math, so it might just be the first of many. Fingers crossed. If you know my … [Read more...]

On Failure

FAILURE IS INSTRUCTIVE, via Tinkerlab.com

I've been thinking a lot about failure lately, and how failure is nothing more than an opportunity to learn, improve, iterate, and grow. Innovators aren't afraid of failure, and in many cases it's only by embracing failure that we can learn to pick ourselves up and get closer to the outcome that we envisioned in the first place. What do you think about failure? Are you a … [Read more...]

How Climbing Trees Builds Creative Thinking

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Have you ever climbed a tree? Do your kids like climbing trees? This has never been high on my list, even back in the nursery school days, but my 3 year old N has climbing in her soul and will climb just about anything: rock climbing walls, trees, jungle gyms, furniture, fences, etc. She seems to gravitate especially to trees that offer a challenging climb, and I like it … [Read more...]

Word Drawing Game

drawing game preschool

Do your kids like to draw? Do you ever play drawing games? The other day my kids and I were cleaning out the garage. Well, really it was me while they loitered, moved things around, and made a lot of noise. My 3-year old found an old, but never-before-opened game of a Cranium. She adores opening new packages and ran into the house for a pair of scissors. Once the box … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Invent a Recipe with Kids

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Do you like to cooking with kids or do you yearn to cook with your child? Today we're sharing five easy steps to invent a recipe with kids, which will get you into a creative cooking mindset. Think Master Chef + little kids = a fun afternoon. But you might wonder, "why would I want to invent a recipe when I can easily follow a recipe?" The answer is that inventing recipes … [Read more...]

Land Art with Children

Dandelion Floating in Water

We were invited by Rashmie of Mommy Labs to join Forest Fiesta, an online celebration of World Environment Day (June 5) with her and about twenty other arts and education bloggers. This year's host country was India, and Rashmie came up with the inspired idea to act as our Indian blogging host. Thanks, Rashmie! When you reach the end of this post, you can click around and see … [Read more...]