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...]