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Printmaking is one of my very favorite processes to explore with children. Seeing how a texture or pattern repeats itself is full of magic, and a delightful process to witness and experience with kids.

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Here are 16 super easy, and very fun printmaking projects that are sure to inspire children (of all ages) to experiment with printing.

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Dip nuts and bolts into paint and repeat these cool shapes all over paper: Picklebums

Another household tool to dip into paint is the potato masher: Play Based Learning

Blow a paint + soap mixture with a straw, and you have some gorgeous bubble printing: TinkerLab

Roll ink or paint over a piece of styrofoam from a meat or veggie tray: TinkerLab

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Press okra into a stamp pad for beautiful flower prints: The Imagination Tree

Draw onto a paint-covered muffin tin with ear swabs for this fun printmaking exploration: The Artful Parent

Make a stamp wheel with a tape roll and foam stamps: Inner Child Fun

Cover a rolling pin with bubble wrap for this squishy experiment: Handmade Kids Art

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Another take on bubble wrap printing: tape it to the end of a tube: Creative Connections for Kids

Make these amazing patterns with recycled container printing: Picklebums

Use a rubber sink mat with a pattern to make these cheerful printed cards: TinkerLab

So easy! Dip toys or blocks into paint for block printing: Kids Activities Blog Sink Mat Prints

16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Make these cool shapes with bubble wands. Laughing Kids Learn

Corks make for easy to hold handles for these foam sticker-topped stampers: Happy Hooligans

Got Lego? There are so many shapes and sizes to play with: Filth Wizardry

Cut up rubber bands to make plates that can be printed: Kristen’s Blog Life

 

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Tinkering Spaces: Interview with Meri Cherry of Kol Tikvah http://tinkerlab.com/tinkering-space-reggio-atelier/ http://tinkerlab.com/tinkering-space-reggio-atelier/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:09:26 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13551 Today I’m joined by Meri Cherry, educator and atelierista at Kol Tikvah Early Childhood Education Center, for a peek into her school’s Tinkering Space. This interview is part of Tinkering Spaces, an informative series of interviews that center on designing kid-friendly creativity spaces. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t figure out where to put your children’s art materials, hatching a plan […]

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Today I’m joined by Meri Cherry, educator and atelierista at Kol Tikvah Early Childhood Education Center, for a peek into her school’s Tinkering Space. This interview is part of Tinkering Spaces, an informative series of interviews that center on designing kid-friendly creativity spaces. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t figure out where to put your children’s art materials, hatching a plan to turn your laundry room into an art room,  or shifting furniture to make room for a new easel, these interviews are sure to give you food for thought.


 

Meri Cherry Family | TinkerLab.comWelcome, Meri! I’ve been a fan of your inspiring website and blog, Meri Cherry, for some time, and I’m excited about your new journey as an atelierista at Kol Tikvah Early Childhood Education Center in Los Angeles, CA. A few of the the things that stand out about your work are the cheerful colors that you infuse your space with, the intriguing materials that you offer children, and how willing you are to encourage messy, whole-body art with little makers. I’m so glad that you’re here to share your newest adventure with us today!

RACHELLE: Can you tell us about your tinkering space?

MERI: I’d love to! I work at Kol Tikvah Early Childhood Center.  It’s a Reggio inspired reform Jewish preschool in Los Angeles.  I am the atelierista there and work in the art studio, called the atelier.  It’s my dream space, filled with gorgeous light, all kinds of paint, clay, other art materials and tools.  Just walking into the space brings a sense of calm and engagement.  I feel really blessed to work there and so excited for the children who get to explore the space everyday.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to work in such a gorgeous environment.

Meri Cherry's inspiring Tinkering Space in Los Angeles | TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: For those of us who are new to ateliers, can you explain why your space is called an atelier and how this influences your curriculum?

MERI: About two years ago, after 15 years of teaching art and craft in a traditional art environment, I decided to do a one on one atelierista training at a Reggio school in Southern California.  When I got to the school I was speechless over it’s beauty and commitment to the experience of the child.  Then I entered their atelier and was moved to tears.  At first I was a little embarrassed crying in front of this woman I had never met before, but then she gently excused herself for a few minutes and I knew she understood what I was experiencing.  Something in my heart opened in a way it never opened before.  It was a feeling of coming home.

I know that’s a strange way to answer this question, but I find the experience fitting in explaining an atelier.  An atelier is a space of innovation, discovery and empathy.  It provides children the opportunity to engage in long term projects, often in small groups, while exploring different types of materials and techniques.  The atelier environment is a curriculum in itself, offering invitations to create, take risks and problem solve throughout the day.

Tinker Tray in the Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: I imagine that your classes are so much fun! Can you walk us through what a typical class session might look like?

MERI: A typical day is pretty fascinating in our atelier.  Children are invited into the studio in small groups of 4-6.   Prior to their arrival different invitations to explore, or provocations are provided by the teacher (yours truly) to stimulate learning and exploration.  I usually set up three tables with provocations including clay, a tinker tray, (see above) and maybe an apple with paper and drawing materials.

In addition, there are supplies that are kept accessible to all the children so they can gather tools necessary for any projects they are working on or any ideas they wish to fulfill.  On any given day you might see two children cutting yarn and “knitting” a dress with popsicle sticks, or five children painting and coloring little “fizzy drink bottles for Shabbat”, or one child in deep concentration while he sorts coloring materials.  These are true examples of recent experiences.

The groups tend to stay anywhere from 40 minutes to a little over an hour.  We have the luxury of being flexible with the atelier space.  When one group feels finished, we invite the next group to come in.  Some days can be pretty crazy, with tons of paint and clay in heavy use throughout the studio.  Other days feel more serene and calm, with kids focusing on one or two activities throughout the day.

One thing for sure, we always have music setting the tone in the background.  It’s a must for me and adds so much to the experience of the studio.  The classical relaxation station on Pandora is a favorite.

Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: Every space has its own unique qualities that make it shine. If you had to be selective, what three things do you love most about your space?

MERI: Ooh, that’s a fun question.

My first love is our ribbon wall.  I set it up after someone in the community donated an insane amount of ribbon.  It adds great color and interest to the room, but more than anything it’s highly functional.  The kids know where the scissors are and can walk freely over to the wall and get any colors or textures they need.

Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

There are also two containers, one a little rocking baby bed, and another a wood case, filled with gorgeous yarns that were also a donation.  I admit they’ve gotten a bit unruly quickly, but, we still love every last strand.  The kids come up with fascinating ways to work the yarn into their ideas and the skeins of yarn are so gorgeous to look at and feel.  We have all kinds of cashmere and angora.  It’s pretty incredible.  It isn’t unusual to find a little one stretched out happily in the yarn bed.

Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

My third pick is a toss up between the incredible light that comes in through our full wall of windows, or our art wall filled with tons of little pictures the kids work on daily and clip to a plastic grid.  It’s so happy and alive.

Tinkering tray in the Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: Do you have any tips for those of us who want to set up an atelier in a school?

MERI: Yes, go for it! An atelier is a magical experience to offer a child.  It’s a place to dream and to dream big.  Now that I am working in an atelier, I see it’s importance on a daily basis and it something I want for every child.  If you decide to go for it, start with the basics and see what happens.

Set up a shelf with drawing materials organized by color, a few natural materials like sticks and rocks and pebbles, some glue and maybe some string and you’re on your way. You can get some great inspiration from my atelier inspiration pinterest board.

Art carts are really great if you don’t have room for a whole atelier.  Tinkerlab knows a lot about those!   Whether it’s a small space in your classroom or a whole atelier, take it slow and see what emerges.  Let the children guide you.  That’s where the real magic happens.  You can ask them what materials they want to always have accessible.

Meri Cherry's top 5 supplies | TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE:: I would have a field day with all of the gorgeous materials in your space! What five supplies are indispensable to you and your children at this moment?

MERI: Wire! Definitely wire.  I can’t get enough of the stuff.  It’s so engaging for kids and there are so many possibilities with wire.  We’ve just started working with it and I can’t wait to see emerges.

Glue.  Why is it I can never keep enough white glue around?

Sharpies. Sharpies are seriously the best.  So important and grown up feeling and they come in every color under the sun.  I especially love the neons personally, but of course you can’t go wrong with straight up black for starters.

Translucent plastic anything pretty much.  We were gifted a whole tub of cassette tape cases and they are so much fun.  We’ve Sharpied them to death, put some little light bright pegs in them, which for some reason I have about a million of, and now they are turning into the coolest towers, mountains and sculptures on the light table.

Pencil sharpeners are HUGE in our atelier also.  We have the little handheld kind, the one you crank, and of course, the favorite electric one.  It’s funny, when I taught in elementary school, teachers always seemed so irritated when kids wanted to use the sharpener.  It’s nice to be in a place where the sharpeners are actually set up as an invitation to play.

Meri Cherry Jar Organization | TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: When I first saw it, I fell in love with your backyard art space and how well organized it is. Can you share a favorite tip for organizing this space or for cleaning up after a creative session?

MERI: For organization I recommend jars, jars, jars.  I’m slightly obsessed with jars, which you’ll see when I share my backyard art studio.   I use recycled jars and mason jars from the dollar store or online for just about everything.  Stones, crystals, clothespins, paints, watercolors, buttons, you name it.  Put it in a clear jar so you can see it right away.  If you can’t see it, chances are you won’t use it.

Meri Cherry Clean Up Tips | TinkerLab.com

For easy clean up, we use tarps or drop clothes for everything.  We cover all the tables and it makes clean up a breeze.  I also keep a tub of water out in the same spot so kids can give their paint brushes “a bath” at the end of their time in the studio.  No hard paintbrushes for us this year!

Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

RACHELLE: What do you wish for your children to take away from their experiences in your atelier?

MERI: This question makes me smile and sit up a little straighter in my chair as I type this.  The children!  They are what this is all about right?  I hope that the atelier is a place the children feel safe to take risks, think outside the box and feel confident to explore their ideas.  I hope they leave problem solvers that have a thirst for invention, creativity and wonder.  If that happens, I’d say we are on the right track.

RACHELLE: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

MERI: Yes! Thank you Tinkerlab! There are so many little things educators can do to bring a taste of the atelier into the lives of their students.  I hope I’ve inspired some new ideas here.  It’s been a pleasure reflecting on our experience at Kol Tikvah.  If anyone lives in the Los Angeles area, please come check us out.  We’d love to hear from you.

Tinkering Jars in the Reggio Art Classroom | Meri Cherry on TinkerLab.com

More from Meri Cherry

If you’re as inspired by Meri Cherry (yes, that’s her real name!) as I am, you can find more of her work in these places:

  • The colorful blog, MeriCherry.com: Sharing Arts, Crafts, and Family
  • Meri Cherry on Facebook
  • Meri Cherry on Instagram (my favorite spot to get doses of visual inspiration)
  • Meri Cherry on Twitter

And…stay tuned because Meri has ALSO agreed to give us an inside look at her backyard studio that has Southern California sunshine written all over it. You won’t want to miss it.

Do you have an inspiring tinkering space to share?

If you have an art studio, maker space, or tinkering garage that you think our readers would be inspired by, we would love to hear about it! You can fill out this short form and we’ll be in touch.

 

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Makey Makey Invention Kit for Everyone http://tinkerlab.com/makey-makey-review/ http://tinkerlab.com/makey-makey-review/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:04:26 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13566 Make + Key = Makey Makey Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is “yes,” then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you! I’ve been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with […]

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Make + Key = Makey Makey

Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is “yes,” then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you!

I’ve been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with our very own set.

Makey Makey Invention Kit for Everyone | TinkerLab.com review

What is Makey Makey?

That’s a great question — before we brought ours home I wasn’t entirely sure either!

Makey Makey is an easy-to-use invention kit that’s essentially a printed circuit board that connects to a computer via a USB cable. Wires connect Makey Makey to conductive objects (i.e. play dough, bananas, aluminum foil, coins), which can then be played much like a joystick or keyboard key.

Basically, Makey Makey takes over the functionality of the space bar and other computer keys, and the conductive objects become the computer’s new keys! Cool, right?

One more thing: Do you see my daughter holding one end of the black wire in the photo (above)? YOU close the circuit to the ground with your body by holding one end of an alligator clip while playing with Makey Makey with another hand.  If you let go of that wire, nothing works. This makes for a strong lesson in how circuits work. Awesome for kids!

What’s inside?

That tidy little green kit you see there is filled with a few important supplies:

  • Makey Makey board with 18 key-press connections and one ground connection
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 6 white wires
  • 1 USB cable
  • Basic instructions

Makey Makey Kit

How does Makey Makey work?

  1. It’s an Arduino Circuit Board. The heart of Makey Makey is its circuit board. The Makey Makey board connects to your computer via the USB cable (see the orange cord).
  2. Ground the Circuit. Connect one end of a wire to the board with the simple alligator clip technology. Hold the other end of the wire with your hand, and YOUR BODY now completes the circuit.
  3. Replace keyboard keys with conductive materials. Attach one end of an alligator clip to a spot on the Makey Makey board, and the other end to something conductive. We chose bananas.
  4. Play a game or an instrument. Then you want to find a digital instrument or game to connect your Makey Makey to. We connected to a piano for our first project, but you could also hook up your new “game controller” to PacMan or Tetris. Here’s our banana piano in action:

Makey Makey Experiments

This is where Makey Makey gets interesting. Once you get the hang of how Makey Makey works, you’ll certainly come up with new ways to tinker and create with it. The Makey Makey website has a pages of creations and games that people have invented around their product: talking water fountains, a heartbeat wall. And my favorite: the Giggling Circuit. You’ll want to try that one! Here’s a link.

And my all-time favorite: Eat the Star Spangled Banner. Oh-my-goodness. Amazing fun.

Makey Makey Banana Piano | TinkerLab.com

Makey Makey in Schools and Libraries

  • According to this Fast Company article, one in five Makey Makeys are used in Makerspaces for after-school and other educational programs
  • The Makey Makey website includes step-by-step tutorials that offer ideas for collaborations in school and other group settings.
  • The Tech Museum in San Jose invented a game for their Maker Space that invited teams of kids to work together to build human-size circuits with a chain of bodies. They look like they’re having so much fun!
  • Combine Makey Makey with Scratch coding (recommended for kids ages 8 and up), and you’ll get a child hooked on inventing and problem solving

What age is it for?

I couldn’t find an official age range on the product’s site. My kids are 4 and 6, and they loved playing with Makey Makey once I set it up. They quickly understood how to build a circuit with their bodies, and also enjoyed the task of testing various objects for conductivity. Depending on a child’s experience with electronics and computers, I would guess that young teens would be able to use Makey Makey on their own. Younger children will need adult assistance, but it’s just as interesting for adults as it is for kids, and makes a cool side-by-side learning experience.

Where to buy Makey Makey

Amazon (affiliate)

Directly from Makey Makey. If you’re a school, you can order with a P.O. from Makey Makey.


We had so much fun with Makey Makey, and look forward to testing it out in more ways.

Thanks to JoyLabz for sending us the Makey Makey kit to review. All opinions shared here are our own.

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A New Art Studio for TinkerLab http://tinkerlab.com/new-art-studio-tinkerlab/ http://tinkerlab.com/new-art-studio-tinkerlab/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:11:56 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13542 A New Art Studio Last night I was officially introduced to my new art studio! It’s a gorgeous space, formerly occupied by my friend Cristina Velazquez, who’s working on a large-scale installation with over 400 unwanted VHS tape. (If you live in the Bay Area and want to join her for a VHS tape knit-in this week, […]

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TinkerLab Art Studio

A New Art Studio

Last night I was officially introduced to my new art studio! It’s a gorgeous space, formerly occupied by my friend Cristina Velazquez, who’s working on a large-scale installation with over 400 unwanted VHS tape. (If you live in the Bay Area and want to join her for a VHS tape knit-in this week, more details can be found here.)

I applied to be an artist in the Cubberley Artists’ Studios Program in Palo Alto earlier this summer, and recently learned that I was granted a spot! I’ve been eyeing these spaces for YEARS, and to say that I’m excited about moving in is an understatement.

The program is housed in the former Cubberley High School complex, along with other community-based programs such as preschools, dance classes, and continuing education classes. It’s a remarkable reuse of what might have been an otherwise vacant space, and I’m honored to soon be a part of this community magic.

They hosted a welcome event last night where I found out which studio would become the new home of my art initiatives and big tinkering plans. Most of the 28 artists were there, and a highlight was getting to peek into all of the incumbent artist studios. I didn’t get permission to share any of their spaces (yet) and hope to introduce you to some of them in the upcoming months.

My Former Art Studio

As you might know, I’ve been working out of our small home for the past many years :) You can take a look at our current maker space here. I love this space, but it has been getting cramped, and it will be SO nice to reclaim my home for, you know, living in.

My kids will undoubtedly continue to make this space their own, but I’m sure they’ll also make their way into my new studio since I don’t do a very good job at separating my work from them. As such, I have a feeling that the content of this blog may reflect some of these physical changes.

TinkerSpaces

In case you’re not already privy to the awesome spaces I’ve been sharing here, you might enjoy the Tinkering Spaces Series. These are largely home and community-based spaces that support tinkering and making.

More Art Studios on TinkerLab

I’m obviously an enthusiastic proponent of art studios — either at home or off-site — and I’m eager to make this topic a larger part of TinkerLab. If you have a moment to fill out this QUICK survey, I’d be so grateful!

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12 Art Projects for Toddlers http://tinkerlab.com/12-art-projects-toddlers/ http://tinkerlab.com/12-art-projects-toddlers/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:44:19 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13504 I’m often asked for activity ideas for toddlers, so I collected a few of my favorite art projects for toddlers. These projects are mostly easy to execute, don’t call for a lot of fancy supplies, often suggest using supplies that you already have at home, and are 100% age-appropriate for little hands. Enjoy! 12 Art Projects […]

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I’m often asked for activity ideas for toddlers, so I collected a few of my favorite art projects for toddlers. These projects are mostly easy to execute, don’t call for a lot of fancy supplies, often suggest using supplies that you already have at home, and are 100% age-appropriate for little hands.

Enjoy!

12 Art Projects for Toddlers

12 Simple and Fun Art Projects for Toddlers | TinkerLab.com
Make your own simple paint recipe. Making your own paint can be easy! This paint isn’t super archival and it won’t look like store-bought paint, but it’s especially useful if you have a child who likes to use a lot of paint, and you’re less concerned with a final product

Sewing with Toddlers. Use the mess from a bag of fruit or vegetables and cardboard, and you have a toddler-friendly loom that’s ready to go.

Marbleized Paper. Marbleize your own gorgeous designs with this simple recipe that calls for liquid watercolors and oil as the base.

Contact Paper Leaf Collage. Experience the tackiness of contact paper in this non-messy leaf-collecting + composition-building activity.

12 Simple and Fun Art Projects for Toddlers | TinkerLab.com

Squeezing Paint. For the child who likes to squeeze a lot of paint, this is for you. You might like to couple this with the “Make your own Paint” recipe (above)

Winter Collage with paper and stickers. Offer your child a selection of pre-cut paper and stickers for this age-appropriate collage activity.

Glueing Dots and Buttons. Squeeze a few dots of glue on paper and invite your child to add buttons. A great activity for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development.

Stringing Beads. Plastic string plus beads with big holes make this a rewarding activity for toddlers who are flexing their hand-eye coordination.

12 Simple and Fun Art Projects for Toddlers | TinkerLab.com

Tracing Circles. Grab a cup, paper, and a marker, and invite your child to trace circles. It seems easy, but it can be challenging!

Butterfly Prints with paper and paint. Fold a piece of paper in half, add dollops of paint to one half, and fold. The results bring out big ooohs, and ahhhs.

Body Tracing. Invite your child to lie down on a big sheet of paper. Trace their body and then offer them pens or crayons to decorate.

{Tidy} Watercolor Painting. This is one of my favorite set-ups for watercolor painting. The whole thing happens within the confines of a tray, keeping the painting in one area.

12 Simple and Fun Art Projects for Toddlers | TinkerLab.com

Bonus: 50 Art Materials for Toddlers

50 Art Materials for Toddlers is a fun post that rounds up our favorite supplies for little hands. We asked our readers to share some of their favorites, which are added in the comments. See what you think!

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Halloween Crafts for Kids http://tinkerlab.com/halloween-crafts-kids/ http://tinkerlab.com/halloween-crafts-kids/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:58:58 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13465 Here comes Halloween! I scoured some of my favorite kid-friendly sites and found this awesome selection of Halloween Crafts for Kids. I think you’ll love them. What does this Halloween Crafts for Kids roundup include? Ghosts, pumpkins, spider webs, mummies, monsters, and skeletons. Activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and school age kids. Crafts that kids can […]

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Here comes Halloween! I scoured some of my favorite kid-friendly sites and found this awesome selection of Halloween Crafts for Kids. I think you’ll love them.

What does this Halloween Crafts for Kids roundup include?

  • Ghosts, pumpkins, spider webs, mummies, monsters, and skeletons.
  • Activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and school age kids.
  • Crafts that kids can actually do. Some with a little adult assistance.
  • Projects that use easy-to-find household materials such as spaghetti, cardboard rolls, candy, paint, string, jars, egg cartons, gauze, and cotton balls.
  • Sixteen projects to keep us busy for a while!

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Easy and Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab

Let’s get started…

Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Even little kids can get in on the Halloween action with this festive Cotton Ball Ghost for Toddlers: No Time for Flash Cards

This Pumpkin Mummy Family is not messy to make and beyond cute: Hands on as we Grow

Build fine-motor skills with this simple Marshmallow Skull Craft: No Time for Flash Cards

I would have to give in to my kids’ begging to eat the candy corn while making this Candy Corn Monster but it would be worth it: Crafty Morning

Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab.com

These Marble + Paint Spider Webs are toddler-friendly. Making these is soooo addictive : TinkerLab

The tutorial for these Handmade Spider Sacks is wonderful! : Modern Parents Messy Kids

Cut up some circles and then invite your child to decorate for this Easy DIY Halloween Garland: TinkerLab

Add a little holiday glow to a dark patio or room with these Halloween Lantern Jars: Red Ted Art

Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Use cardboard rolls as the base for a Monster Mobiles, and let your child have fun decorating: Happy Hooligans

Got K-cups? Save them for a Recycled K-cup Recycled Lantern: Handmade Kids Art

These Glowing Pumpkin and Monster Jars are dipped in colored salt! What a cool texture: Fantastic Fun and Learning

Make a handprint spider and practice lacing in this Handprint Spider in a Spider Web: Mom Endeavors

Halloween Crafts for Kids | TinkerLab.com

Before making a Spaghetti Spider Web, build memories by inviting a child to play with slimy, green spaghetti: Hands on as we Grow

Fun! With the addition of a rubber band, make this Easy Halloween Craft Bouncy Spider: Kids Activities Blog

Invite your child to cover paper with masking tape, and then cut out a Masking Tape Mummy: No Time for Flash Cards

Save those egg cartons for this simple Egg Carton Bat: Crafty Morning

More Halloween Ideas

If you enjoyed this post, you have to check out 50 Simple Halloween Ideas for Kids.

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Six Reasons to Love Disneyland http://tinkerlab.com/reasons-love-disneyland/ http://tinkerlab.com/reasons-love-disneyland/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:20:51 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13395 If you were to ask my six-year old about her favorite places to visit, she would say they are Cape Cod and Disneyland. I’ve asked her this question many times, and it’s always the same. Cape Cod is a magical summer playground with lots of opportunities to hang out at the beach, spend time with family, and […]

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If you were to ask my six-year old about her favorite places to visit, she would say they are Cape Cod and Disneyland. I’ve asked her this question many times, and it’s always the same.

Cape Cod is a magical summer playground with lots of opportunities to hang out at the beach, spend time with family, and eat ice cream. And Disneyland? Well, it’s Disneyland! And for starters its home to the main street of Walt’s childhood dreams, rides that excite the most fearless five-year olds, and animated characters that come to life beneath pint-sized castles and miniature mountains.

6 Reasons to Love Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

I was raised in Southern California, and Disneyland was a staple of my childhood. One year my parents sprung for off-season passes (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and we spent every free weekend trolling Big Thunder Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. To say I loved Disneyland would be an understatement.

And then there’s this point of view…

Tom Waits Disneyland Quote | TinkerLab.com

As I got older, my thoughts on Disney began to shift as I grew concerned that my daughters would become princess-obsessed monsters and that their childhoods would be burdened by the commercialization of play.

These worries are not unfounded as plenty of people worry about princess saturation: the best-selling book Cinderella Ate My Daughter* came out two years ago when my princess-related concerns were building and The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years* came out earlier this month. (*Affiliate links)

Despite my best attempts at keeping princesses from my kids, they love princesses: Ariel, Elsa, Anna, Cinderella, Snow White. There doesn’t seem to be a princess that doesn’t capture their imaginations. Let me demonstrate in this photo where my three-year old discusses hair with princess Ariel.

Ariel at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

Raising two girls in a princess-saturated culture has inspired me to guide their interests to other things that balance these fairy tale characters with a healthy cast of swashbucklers, space explorers, fairies, and wizards.

Their imaginations don’t seem to be lacking, and they also don’t seem to revere princesses to the point that there are no other options. So three years ago we decided to make our first family trip to Disneyland, and I was skeptical that it would be too sugary-sweet, commercialized, and cloying. But I was surprised!

6 Reasons to Love Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

Despite my weary outlook, I enjoyed every piece of our experience. Here’s why we love Disneyland…

1. We Love building Childhood Memories

The idea of Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

I don’t know why, but my kids are so darned happy at Disneyland. Maybe it’s because we give them our undivided attention, they get to eat sugary treats, everything at Disneyland is spotless, many of their favorite characters come to life before their very eyes, or they’re plain ol’ thrill seekers. Walt Disney knew how to design a magical atmosphere, and I’m in awe of his vision.

Happy Kids at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

But mainly, I love that Disneyland has been such a positive place for our family, and that we’ve been able to build some strong family memories there.

2. We Love the Music

Everywhere you go, music is subtly (and not-so subtly) piped in to make the experience more immersive. Disney has it figured out! I can’t even look at this picture of the tea cups without singing the Mad Hatter’s theme song in my head. As I returned to real life, when done well, I marveled at how nice it is when music plays a background role in an experience.

Tea Cups at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

Here are a few other favorites:

Disneyland Esplanade Music Loop

Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life for Me

It’s a Small World After All

3. We Love Disneyland Food

While some of the food at Disneyland can be pricey and some of it is not so good, and for that I would recommend bringing in a few favorite snacks and bottles of water, here are a few treats that we seek out at Disneyland:

Refreshing Drinks on a Hot Day

Let’s face it: the chance that you’ll be at Disneyland on a hot day are pretty high. As the heat rises, I have two recommendations:

  1. Non-alcoholic Mint Juleps from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square (get it with a Mickey-shaped beignet while you’re there!)
  2. Dole Whips from the Tiki Juice Bar next to the Enchanted Tiki Room. Be sure to send a runner to grab a couple of these if you’re baking in the heat while waiting to meet Anna and Elsa.

Want to make these at home? Lil’ Luna shares her Dole Whip recipe here, and the Disney Food Blog shares the Mint Julep recipe here.

Mint julep and Mickey Beignet at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

Special Occasion Meal

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you won’t be disappointed by making a reservation (required) for Blue Bayou in Pirates of the Caribbean. At the time of this post, you can make reservations up to 60 days in advance. Book early!

Special effects and a little Hollywood magic have turned the indoor restaurant room into what a appears to be a twilight Bayou oasis. My parents took us there once in my childhood, and I never forgot it. When N turned five we celebrated under the stars as boats embarked on the pirate adventure next to us.

Blue Bayou Birthday at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

If you’re celebrating a birthday, as we were, you have the option of pre-ordering a cake that comes in a treasure box. Yes, please! It’s not cheap, but Disneyland isn’t something that we do every day.

Magical!

Family-friendly Dinner

We’re big fans of Mexican food, and always stop at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. You’re not going to find uber-authentic Mexican fair here, but it’s delicious, fairly reasonable as far as Disneyland goes, and they offer healthy choices for kids and toddlers

Grab-and-go Meal

It doesn’t sound fancy, but the corn dogs at the Little Red Wagon, a little cart near Carnation Plaza off of Main Street, is worth a stop. For $7.69 you get a super good hand-dipped corn dog and apple slices or chips.

4. We Love Hunting for Hidden Mickeys

On our most recent visit I introduced my kids (ages 3 and 5) to the idea of hidden Mickeys. Hidden Mickeys started out as a private joke amongst Disney’s Imagineers who would secretly place the Mickey symbol (one large circle with two smaller circles above it) around the park, and it soon grew into a widespread phenomena that lives on throughout all Disney theme parks.

One of the best parts of our hidden Mickey hunt is that it kept my kids’ minds occupied on long walks between rides and while waiting in line. My older daughter was so excited to spot one while waiting in line for Space Mountain. Pretty clever, eh?

Search for Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

For a full catalogue of Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland and other Disney theme parks, check out HiddenMickeyGuy.com

5. We Love the Family-friendly Lines

One of the more genius things that Disney has introduced for families with small kids is the Rider Switch program.

If you’re visiting Disneyland with a child that’s too small to go on, say, Indiana Jones Adventure, one adult in your party can go on the ride while the other adult takes small children on a gentler ride. The first adult gets a rider switch pass that they pass on to the waiting adult who can then go straight to the front of the line without waiting.

We used this A LOT!

Rider Switch at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

6. We Love How it Builds Imagination

The design of the entire park and the rides themselves are laden with imagination. As we go through the park I like to ask my kids questions like:

  • “How do you think they made that?”
  • “What materials could that be made from?”
  • “What do you think gave the designer the idea for that ride?”
  • “What challenges do you think the designers faces as they built this?”

Last year we visited California Adventure, which is next door to Disneyland, and they host a fantastic Animation Studio where you and the kids can learn how to draw animations with a real animator. So awesome.

There are so many rich opportunities to introduce children to the worlds of art and engineering through the clever and immersive Disney experiences. When you think about what makes the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and It’s a Small World so captivating, it’s partially how they’re brought to life with life-like animatronic characters.

The Jungle Cruise is hilarious, especially with the right guide, and the surprising realistic animals give rise to even the most jaded adults.

Animatronic characters Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

When we visited in February, Olaf was one of the newest attractions, entertaining visitors as they waiting in the (gasp!) 3-hour line to meet and greet with Anna and Elsa.

Olaf at Disneyland | TinkerLab.com

You can read up on the history of animatronics here and here, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Imagineers work in a video that’s a collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineers and Maker Camp. This video is a good one to watch with older kids who are interested in imagineering:

101 Disneyland Tips

101 Disneyland Tips by Cam Bowman | TinkerLab.comIf you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, my friend Cam wrote the excellent insider tips book, 101 Disneyland Tips. (affiliate link).

And my friend Tiffany pulled my favorite Disney tips out of me in Magical Birthday Moments at Disneyland.

Have you been to Disneyland? What do you love about it?

Note: Disneyland gave me two tickets to enjoy the park and I was not otherwise compensated to write this article. All ideas in this review are entirely mine.

 

 

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TinkerLab Book Launch Party http://tinkerlab.com/tinkerlab-book-launch-party/ http://tinkerlab.com/tinkerlab-book-launch-party/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:23:09 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13338 Thank you, thank you to all of my friends, both old and new, who came out to the launch party for TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors last weekend at Helix Los Altos. In case you’ve never heard of it, Helix is the Peninsula arm of San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium. As soon as I stepped foot […]

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Thank you, thank you to all of my friends, both old and new, who came out to the launch party for TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors last weekend at Helix Los Altos. In case you’ve never heard of it, Helix is the Peninsula arm of San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium.

As soon as I stepped foot into Helix earlier this year I knew that this was the spot for my book launch. Helix celebrates the intersection of science and art, and experiments and exploration are at the heart of their mission.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

Big, big thanks to the education specialists at Helix, and especially to Kerrick, Anne, and Amisha for bringing my tinkering vision to life. I’d also like to send a shout-out to Kendra and Ching-Yee from Sprogs for feeding everyone delicious rice scooters. Yum yum.

TinkerLab Launch Party at Helix, sponsored by Sprogs | TinkerLab.com

*Thanks to Chrissy from Bloggy Law for sharing this photo collage with me!

After the guests arrived, we kicked the party off with a short talk and some hands-on oozy, gooey slime. The full recipe is in the book on page 152. In case you don’t have the book, you can download a free copy of the DIY Slime here.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

If you have seen the book, you might recognize my daughter’s strawberry dress!

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

After making up a couple batches of slime, the museum was open for exploring and more hands-on fun. Helix and the Exploratorium are well-known for their interactive exhibits that demonstrate scientific phenomena in a hands-on way, and families were free to explore all of the thoughtful exhibits.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

We also set up the workshop room with a long table where kids and adults were invited to make Marker Explosion bags (page 146 of the book).

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

And then, of course, there was a book signing! It was so much fun to talk with everyone who came the event and I especially treasure those of you who braved the line to meet with me.  Thank you again for coming out to play.

For more photos from the fun day, Sally at Little Hiccups captured it all so perfectly.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

Special Thanks to my Sponsors!

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Helix by the Exploratorium, a community science center in Los Altos, CA provided the perfect setting for the event. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and everyone raved about the engaging hands-on science exhibits.

Sprogs provided everyone with delicious Rice Scooters. My family loves these healthy, gluten free snacks. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, they deliver, and you can also find them in many local markets!

Join me next time!

If you couldn’t make it to the book launch, my next event will be on October 5 at the San Jose Museum of Art! You can find all of my past and upcoming events here.

If you’d like to check out TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, there’s more info here.

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Fall Craft Ideas: Leaf Drawing http://tinkerlab.com/fall-craft-ideas-leaf-drawing/ http://tinkerlab.com/fall-craft-ideas-leaf-drawing/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:47:50 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13315 This fall craft idea is also a simple creative invitation that doesn’t require a lot of fancy tools and won’t come with a big mess. If you’re new to the idea of creative invitations, this article has all the details you’ll need to get started. Supplies for Fall Leaf Drawing Leaves Colored pencils or your favorite mark-making […]

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This fall craft idea is also a simple creative invitation that doesn’t require a lot of fancy tools and won’t come with a big mess. If you’re new to the idea of creative invitations, this article has all the details you’ll need to get started.

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Drawing  | TinkerLab

Supplies for Fall Leaf Drawing

  • Leaves
  • Colored pencils or your favorite mark-making tool
  • Paper

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Drawing  | TinkerLab

My 4-year old and I took a bike ride and she chose this selection of leaves. We arranged them on the table and she added a crystal. Because, you know, it looks better that way.

We marveled at all the colors in the leaves and then I invited her to draw them. We used Lyra Ferby colored pencils (affiliate link) for the task. I love these crayon/pencils for little kids because they’re a bit fatter than standard colored pencils (with a 6.25 mm lead core), and they come with a triangle grip that makes them easy to hold.

My daughter still insists on holding her pencil with her pinky and seems quite comfortable with this grip. And I’m still working on helping her shift to a better grip! If this is something that your child struggles with, this post has some great tips in the comments.

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Drawing | TinkerLab

The Fall Leaf Drawing Set-up

Set up a large sheet of drawing paper, scatter a few leaves around, and place freshly sharpened colored pencils on the table.

Invite your child to look closely at the leaves and notice the variety of colors and shapes, and then discuss what you see.

Some questions to ask:

  • What colors do you notice?
  • Do any of the colors surprise you?
  • How many points does this leaf have? Let’s count them together.
  • Which of these leaves could have come from the same tree?
  • Do you have a favorite leaf in this collection? What makes it your favorite?

Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Drawing  | TinkerLab

Experiments in Drawing Fall Leaves

I sat across the table from my daughter and we drew leaves together. I always encourage my kids to experiment, and one way to do that is by modeling. As I colored my leaves in I layered one color on top of another. I noted that the red blended into green on one of the leaves, and tried to replicate that in my sketch.

My 4-year old payed attention to that and then pushed it one step further as she colored one of her leaves blue and purple, and gave another blue veins…because she liked the way it looked. Rock on! If you child goes for the unexpected, encourage him or her to go for it. The goal is to use the leaves as a starting point, and then layer that with interpretation and imagination.

More Leaf Projects

Make adorable Leaf Critters by painting directly on leaves with acrylic paint.

Preserve your Fall leaves in glycerin

Make coffee filter suncatchers in leaf shapes

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Fall Craft Ideas: Paint Coffee Filter Suncatchers http://tinkerlab.com/fall-craft-ideas-coffee-filter-leaf-suncatchers/ http://tinkerlab.com/fall-craft-ideas-coffee-filter-leaf-suncatchers/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:21:10 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13292 If you’re interested in ways to bring the Fall season to life, today I’m sharing fall craft idea that encourages children to be inventive and think independently. Present the Supplies as an Art Invitation If you follow TinkerLab, you know that I appreciate projects that encourage children to think for themselves and come up with their own unique spin […]

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If you’re interested in ways to bring the Fall season to life, today I’m sharing fall craft idea that encourages children to be inventive and think independently.

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

Present the Supplies as an Art Invitation

If you follow TinkerLab, you know that I appreciate projects that encourage children to think for themselves and come up with their own unique spin on the materials. Like so many of our projects, I present the supplies to my children as an art invitation. Once the supplies are in front of my kids, they are free to use the materials in any way the please.

So, what will we need?

The supplies for this project are so easy!

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

Here’s the set-up…

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

Pre-cut coffee filters into leaf shapes. As you can see in the first image in this post, there were a few requests for hearts too. Related to that, this is by no means an exclusive-to-Autumn activity. Cut out hearts, moons, trees, flowers, or even shamrocks. Have fun with this!

Place the cut-out shapes on a tray. We used an art tray, but a cookie sheet with a rim will work equally well. You’ll want the tray because this project can get drippy, and all that liquid will be nicely contained in this walled-off area. I found our art trays at Michaels and spotted something similar over on Amazon (affiliate link).

For two children, you can have them share a bowl of water as I did, or give them each their own water (they would appreciate that, I’m sure!).

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

At ages three and six, my kids had very different approaches to this task.

As you can see from the dot-covered table, my three-year old had a GREAT time exploring dot-making on the table. My older daughter experimented with drawing veins and rainbow effects, and her little sister soon got on board with similar tasks.

It’s always interesting to see how artists influence each other, and I’m 100% okay with copying as it’s a way of learning.

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

Kids also like to experiment with different paintbrushes (flat, round, fan, skinny, and fat) to achieve a variety of textures and lines. If you have a collection of paintbrushes, this is a great project to bring them out for.

Drying the Coffee Filters

If your child gets into this project, you will have A LOT of painted coffee filters to contend with. As such, you’ll need to set up a space to dry these gorgeous leaves.

Roll out a large sheet of paper or lay down newspaper, and then place the painted cut-outs on the paper until dry. Because the paper is so thin, they tend to dry incredibly fast!

A Fall Art Invitation: Coffee Filter Leaf Sun Catchers

Once dry, hang the shapes in a window with a bit of transparent tape. Admire the colors as the sun shines through them.

More Fall Craft Ideas

Make a shimmering Fall Lantern

This easy Sticky Autumn Collage is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers

Preserve your leaves in glycerin with Glycerin Leaves

This is our favorite play dough recipe, with a fall scent: DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough

Make Leaf Sun Prints as a way to preserve leaf shapes on fabric.

And for a whole slew of Autumn ideas, check out the fun Fall Bucket List

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