Easy No Cook Playdough

Easy No Cook Playdough | TinkerLab.com

It's been a while since we've made this spectacularly simple no cook playdough, and then I realized that the recipe hasn't been shared here. I was first introduced to this easy no cook hair conditioner playdough recipe by Anna of The Imagination Tree, in her recipe for Creamy Coconut Playdough. Do check out her blog if you have or work with small children -- it's a gold … [Read more...]

Play with Gelatin | from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

150 Screen-Free Activities for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Have you ever found yourself so busy that you've lost track of the things that keep you sane? A couple weeks ago I was preparing for a keynote talk in the little bits of free time that crop into my week. Preparing for this talk was an amazing experience for a few reasons: I had the chance to speak with 250 undergraduate education students about the importance of arts … [Read more...]

Should Food be used in Preschool Sensory Activities?

Should food be used in preschool sensory activities? | TinkerLab.com

Every since I dipped my toes into the world of Early Childhood Education, the hotly debated issue of whether or not food should be used in preschool sensory activities has come up multiple times. My background in the arts, where all supplies were fair game for art-making, didn't prepare me for the variety of opinions that circle this topic. TinkerLab reader, Pam, presented … [Read more...]

Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

spreading out rice

After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough

fall playdough

Have you ever made your own play dough? Im a fan of store bought dough (it's so easy!), but making your own is a money saver and we can make TONS of it in minutes. And with the simple addition of a little pumpkin pie spice, our dough smells heavenly...just like pumpkin pie!   Inspired by The Artful Parent's Autumn Arts and Crafts book, The Artful Year: Autumn, we … [Read more...]

Natural Playground with Tree Stumps

natural playground with tree stumps

Let your walks now be a little more adventurous. - Henry David Thoreau Do you have a natural playground in your yard or near your home? A natural playground is an outdoor play area that's landscaped with materials such as logs, dirt, grassy hills, sand, natural bridges, and streams instead of plastic playground equipment. Aside from our beloved plastic playhouse, our … [Read more...]

Fort Magic, the Coolest Fort in Town

fort magic kit review

"Confidence is earned through doing and believing."  -Erika Pope-Gusev Shortly after sharing this post on how to build a simple fort, I was contacted by Fort Magic and asked if I'd like to review their fort building kit. My children make forts every single week (this week it's a beaver dam/fort), so how I could I refuse? There will be a generous giveaway at the end of this … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Bubble Solution for Kids

how to make a one minute bubble solution

This easy bubble solution recipe is a staple for parents and pre-school teachers. It's easy to make, comes together in just one minute, it's safe for kids, and kids love it. I've been so busy with all sorts of parenting/household/traveling/social things lately, and love to find easy projects that make my kids happy. This is one of those things. My daughter's preschool … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Tape Roads

paper tape road kids play

Sometimes we have to push our kids outside their comfort zones to help them take on new perspectives, face and overcome challenges, and confront their biases. I have a growing collection of diecast vehicles that I keep in a nice, inviting basket. And do you know who plays with these cars, trucks, and airplanes? Boys who visit us. Despite my best efforts at diversifying my … [Read more...]