Creative Challenge | December 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated int the November TinkerSketch Challenge. It’s been fun to see your interpretations of the daily prompts and I love hearing how it’s brought more creativity and meaning to your days.

While we’ll take a sketch break for the holidays, I’m reviving the Creative Challenge Project. Some of you may remember this from the early days of TinkerLab.

The Creative Material Challenge on TinkerlabBecause the holidays can get so busy, this is all about slowing down and noticing beauty in the basic materials that surround us this season.

I don’t want you to go out and buy anything new for this: simply use what’s available and challenge yourself (and/or your kids) to make, build, and create from what you already have.

Would you like to join me?

How the Creative Challenge Works

    1. Gather your materials
    2. Come up with a plan
    3. Run the project
    4. Document it
    5. Share it on Instagram: #creativechallenge @tinkerlab

Try this with Kids

Many children enjoy the process of designing from their own ideas, and self-directed projects encourage confidence and critical thinking skills.

Here are some tips for collaborating with your child:

  • Share the four material prompts with your child to get his or her ideas flowing.
  • Show your child the material for the week and ask her what she could create with it.
  • Gather examples of each of the materials and place them in an accessible spot where you can use them when inspiration strikes.
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas together.
  • Talk about the importance of being resourceful. Art supplies don’t have to be purchased at the craft store, and can often be discovered right under our noses.

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Rachelle Doorley Rachelle Doorley is a mom and an arts educator with a passion for helping families and teachers set up meaningful creative projects for kids. She's the author of the popular kids’ craft book and bestseller, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, and her articles and ideas on creativity and arts education have been featured in School Arts Magazine, Real Simple, and FamilyFun. Rachelle has an art studio. in Palo Alto, CA where she seeks out ways to make every day creative. Join the TinkerLab circle through our FREE newsletter.