Creative Table Inspiration from Instagram

How was your weekend? We had some great quality time with family and melted in the sun at the UCLA v. Stanford football gameCreative Table | Tinkerlab

Now that the weekend is over, I thought it would be fun to begin our week with some Creative Table inspiration. If you’re new to this series, this is a great place to start.

If you head over to Instagram and search the hashtag #creativetable, you’ll find all sorts of inspiring creative invitations and projects brewing. It’s sort of like Pinterest, but with real people, making real things. If you’re looking for some hands-on ideas, spend some time lurking through the Creative Table images and you’ll be hooked. If you’re not on Instagram, you can click here to see the most recent photos tagged with #creativetable.

Today we’re sharing four of our favorite Creative Tables from this week.

First up, The Chocolate Muffin Tree shares this Halloween prompt is for high school students, but children of all ages would have fun with this (and adults too!). All you need are some mini pumpkins, acrylic paint, glue, and treasures.

Inviation to decorate pumpkins Chocolate Muffin Tree :: #creativetable on Instagram


Debs from Learn with Play at Home is a former school teacher, now mom to two kids. She shares a simple creative invitation to draw with chalk on wet black paper.

Creative Table Invitation from Learn with Play at Home


Katey from Playing and Learning Begins at Home shares this fun (and potentially messy — notice the outdoor setting) provocation to paint with balloons.


Painting on Balloons because we can #creativetable via Playing and Learning Begins at Home


Meri Cherry of the blog, MeriChery, is a mom and an art teacher, and shares these hand-mixed paints — that are both mixed and NAMED by 3 and 4 year olds.

Making paint with 3 and 4 year olds :: CreativeTable


How to play

If you’d like to be included in our next Creative Table post, jump in on the action on Instagram and tag your image with both #creativetable and @tinkerlab.

A question for you

We’re just beginning to put together a series of FREE creative table prompts. Is this something that you would be interested in?

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.


    • rachelle says

      Of course! Seeing all those jars of kid-made paint, with the labels of how they named them, made my heart swell.

  1. Sheau says

    Both! I have been putting things out for kids on the art table just haven’t managed to document. Free prompts always welcome!

  2. says

    Definitely, this is such an awesome idea :) I definitely follow your blog, you have some of the most easy-to-follow instructions for us (non-arty) parents :)
    Thank you for all the hard work you put in.