What is the Creative Challenge Project?

Every two months we host a Creative Challenge for kids where we invite you to invite your child to create with a common material . The objective of these challenges is to enable children to explore a material’s potential, build creative confidence, encourage invention, and envision new purposes for common objects…. skills that are at the heart of innovation.

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If you’re interested in joining one of the past challenges (see below), you can enter your project at any time. Some of the challenges have link parties that you can add blog posts to, and all of them enable you to upload photos along with your comment. Please keep in mind that projects should be child-directed, but grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun if the mood strikes!

These materials could be turned into a piece of art, an experiment, an object…the possibilities are endless!

Will you join the next Creative Challenge?

If you’d like to join one of the upcoming challenges, plan to come back on the posted date (the next challenge will run from April 1-30, 2014) with a link to your post or documentation of your kid/s in action. If you’re a blogger, write a blog post to go live on April 1, and then head over here to add a link on TinkerLab.

Should I join? Is this for me?

You might be wondering if this is worth your time. Well, here are some of the reasons to join in…

  1. Your child will most likely enjoy the process of designing his or her own project, and self-directed projects encourage confidence and critical thinking skills.
  2. You’ll enjoy sharing with all the other Creative Challenge participants. It’s really fun to see how people interpret the same materials in different ways.
  3. We will start a new Pinterest board for this challenge and all entries will be shared there.
  4. If you’re a blogger, you’ll probably enjoy a boost in traffic.

Okay, I’m in! What do I need to do?

  1. Gather your materials
  2. Talk to your child about his or her plan
  3. The project should be child-led, although adults are quite welcome to join in
  4. Run the project
  5. Document it
  6. Share it with us on April 1. We’ll post a Linky on our site.

Got it! Can you give us some ideas to help us get started?

Sure! You could:

  • Paint with the egg
  • Build a structure from multiple eggs
  • Draw on the egg with a permanent marker
  • Fill the egg with a mini diorama
  • Make prints with the circle edge of a half-egg
  • Take photographs of eggs
  • Make your own egg tempera paint and then do something with that


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Past Challenges:

Creative Challenge #9: Egg Cartons

egg carton challenge

Creative Challenge #8: Paper Bags

paper bag museum maps

Creative Challenge #7: Magazines

Creative Challenge #6: Cardboard Box

Creative Challenge #5: Plastic Bottle

Creative Challenge #4: Rubber Bands

Creative Challenge #3: Legos

Creative Challenge #2: Pasta

Creative Challenge #1: Toilet Paper Roll