TinkerLab http://tinkerlab.com Creative Experiments for Makers and Tinkerers Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:46:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Simple Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos http://tinkerlab.com/simple-paper-marigolds-dia-de-los-muertos/ http://tinkerlab.com/simple-paper-marigolds-dia-de-los-muertos/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:34:29 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13745 Born and raised in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, played a big cultural role in my childhood. You might know the holiday’s symbols of colorful skulls and skeletons, altars to ancestors with offerings (ofrendas) such as candles, photographs of loved ones, and the bright marigold flowers (cempazuchitl) that are known […]

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, played a big cultural role in my childhood. You might know the holiday’s symbols of colorful skulls and skeletons, altars to ancestors with offerings (ofrendas) such as candles, photographs of loved ones, and the bright marigold flowers (cempazuchitl) that are known in Mexico as the flower of the dead.

The marigold flowers decorate altars and graves, often elaborately.

Today I’m sharing a simple way to make your own paper marigold flowers to decorate your home or altar for Dia de los Muertos. These pretty flowers can be made in any color, and you could easily apply this same technique for building a bursting Mother’s Day or birthday flower bouquet.

The materials are inexpensive and the flowers take mere minutes to make!

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Paper Flower Supplies

This will make two paper marigolds

Step 1: Cut the Paper

  1. Cut the tissue paper in half so that you now have two sheets: 13″ x 20″ each
  2. Cut each of those pieces in half. You will now have four sheets that are about 10 ” x 13″ each
  3. Cut each of those pieces in half. You will now have eight sheets of paper that are about 7.5″ x 10″

Note: You could make these any size! Please take these dimensions as a starting point.

Simple DIY Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos  |  TinkerLab.com

Step 2: Fold and Cut the Paper

  1. Stack four sheets of paper.
  2. Pleat the paper in an accordion fold.
  3. Cut a half-circle shape from the each end. (You could also cut a point or zig-zag)
  4. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the paper to hold it in place. This will also act as the stem.

Simple DIY Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos  |  TinkerLab.com

Step 3: Fan out the Flowers

  1. Fan out the paper.
  2. Gently separate the first layer of paper from the rest, and move it up to form the top layer of petals.
  3. Gently separate the rest of the paper layers.
  4. Fluff out your flower.
  5. Repeat with the other stack of four papers.

Simple DIY Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos  |  TinkerLab.com

Experiment

  • Try making those with tiny sheets of paper
  • Make gigantic flowers
  • Make multi-colored flowers with different colors of tissue paper
  • Cut different shapes off the edges of your petals
  • Make a stack of more pieces of paper for a fuller flower

Step 4: Display your Marigolds!

Simple DIY Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos  |  TinkerLab.com

 

More Day of the Dead Ideas

Mexican Tin Painting for Kids: TinkerLab

Make Day of the Dead Play Dough Cookies: TinkerLab

How to Make a Mexican Sugar Scull: Mexican Sugar Skull.com

How to Make a Skull Paper Snowflake: Crafty Lady Abby

Gallon Milk Jug Sugar Skull: YouTube

 

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Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities http://tinkerlab.com/fizz-pop-bang-playful-science-math-activities/ http://tinkerlab.com/fizz-pop-bang-playful-science-math-activities/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:50:26 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13700 Today I’m excited to introduce a new ebook that’s filled with math and science activities for kids ages 3-8: Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities. I’ve been working on this gorgeous new math and science ebook with some of my favorite bloggers who specialize in learning with young children. If you’re not already […]

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Today I’m excited to introduce a new ebook that’s filled with math and science activities for kids ages 3-8: Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities.

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I’ve been working on this gorgeous new math and science ebook with some of my favorite bloggers who specialize in learning with young children. If you’re not already brimming with tons of math and science activities (and frankly, how many of us are?), this ebook, jam-packed with all sorts of engaging activities for kids ages 3-8, will pull the science superstar out of of even the most resistant.

Who is this ebook for?

This book is suitable for after school learning adventures, homeschool, summer camps, or fun weekend projects. As a former teacher, I could also imagine using this to supplement math and science learning in a K-2 classroom.

If you have young children or teach children who like to make magic potions, experiment with new materials, and explore the world of numbers, keep reading.

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities | Ebook!! | TinkerLab.com

What’s inside this science and math activity book?

I’m so glad you asked…

First of all, there are forty activities altogether. 40! If you tackle one of these activities each week, that’s almost a year’s worth of activities! But, more specifically, it includes…

  • 40 ideas for children aged 3 to 8, and additional links to over 80 more activities
  • 20 free printable resources (including math and science graphing and recording sheets, magnet maze, monster match and sort game, print and build 3D solid blocks, rocket math game, tracing shapes, fact family dominoes, catch and count fish game, and engineering challenge cards)
  • Strong learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach.

How much does it cost?

The book is just $9.99 (that’s about 25 cents per activity). Deal, right? Scroll to the end of this post for more on a special discount for just a short period of time.

Does it include anything else?

Yes!

  • Over 120 pages of colorful, engaging activities.
  • High quality photos.
  • Step-by-step guides.
  • Projects that you can easily try at home or school.
  • Inspiring and practical math and science ideas, all in one place

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities | Ebook!! | TinkerLab.com

How is it organized?

Each project shares:

  • materials needed
  • clear steps to execute the project
  • ideas for exploring the math or science concept.

There are also links to the 20 contributing authors, so you can easily follow them and find more engaging projects straight from the source.

Let’s take a peek inside to see how the projects are presented…

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities | Ebook!! | TinkerLab.com

Wondering what else is inside? Check out this short video…

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Download Your Copy Today!

The book is a huge value at $9.99, and for a short time (from now until November 9, 2014) we’re offering a discount and you can get Fizz, Pop, Bang! for just $7.99! That’s a bout 20 cents per activity! Think about that — so reasonable, right?

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Go ahead and download your copy of Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science & Math Activities today, and save big.

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Book Format

Get Adobe Reader | TinkerLabOnce you download your copy, you can download Fizz, Pop, Bang as a PDF. If you have trouble viewing  the book, you can download Adobe Reader for free. Just click the button and you’ll have it in minutes. You can save the eBook to your computer or iPad* and then either read it on screen or print some/all of the pages, as you prefer.

Buy now, read later. You can buy the ebook now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready. Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system, you may be able to download the ebook on your mobile device. If you have any doubts or problems, download the book to a computer and then share it with your mobile device. You will be sent download instructions when your purchase the ebook.

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Order Now buttonDon’t delay: Fizz, Pop, Bang! is just $7.99 until November 9, 2014, and then the price goes up to $9.99.

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How to Make a Simple Box Loom Weaving http://tinkerlab.com/make-simple-box-loom-weaving/ http://tinkerlab.com/make-simple-box-loom-weaving/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:46 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13665 My older daughter, age six, is obsessed with fiber arts, and has been engaged in all sorts of weaving activities lately. We have a book case full of inspiring crafting books, and she and her friend pulled Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids (affiliate) by Kate Liley off the shelf. After paging through it they landed on Box Loom […]

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My older daughter, age six, is obsessed with fiber arts, and has been engaged in all sorts of weaving activities lately. We have a book case full of inspiring crafting books, and she and her friend pulled Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids (affiliate) by Kate Liley off the shelf. After paging through it they landed on Box Loom Weaving, and wanted to give it a go.

The tutorial is very well articulated, and once we gathered all the materials (and there are only seven supplies…phew) we had no trouble tackling this easy and rewarding weaving project. I’ll share all the steps here. If you enjoy this project, do check out the book for more hands-on ideas like this. If you’re like me, you can’t have enough crafting, making, and tinkering books!

Supplies for Box Loom Weaving

  • Cardboard box without a top. We cut ours to be about 2 inches tall.
  • Something sharp to poke holes in the box, such as a seam ripper or fat needle.
  • Ruler
  • Yarn. If you like 100% cotton, I’m a big fan of this brand and here’s an organic option for you. (affiliate links)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle (affiliate) or other fat needle. In lieu of a needle, you could tape your yarn to the end of a popsicle stick.
  • 2 popsicle sticks (or chopstick, heavy piece of paper, cardboard, ruler, etc.)

Easy box loom weaving for kids | TinkerLab.com

  1. Start with a box.
  2. Poke about 10 holes across two edges of the box. The holes should be roughly 1/2 inch apart.
  3. Tie a knot at one end of a long piece of yarn (sorry, I don’t have an exact length – it depends on the size of your box) and run the yarn through the holes, from one side of the box to the other.
  4. When you reach the other side, make sure that the yarn is taught and tie another knot so that the yarn stays put. This vertical piece of yarn is called the warp, from the old Norse word varp meaning “the cast of the net.”

Easy box loom weaving for kids | TinkerLab.com

  1. Run a new piece of yarn through your needle and tie one end of the yarn to either the left or right bottom side of the warp. This new piece of thread will be called the weft, from the old English word wefen meaning “to weave.”  In the world of weaving, the needle would be called the shuttle.
  2. Run the yarn from one side of the warp to the other, going under and over the warp yarn.
  3. Straighten it all out. After weaving the yarn back and forth a few times, weave a popsicle stick below the weft. This will keep the yarn straight.
  4. Keep weaving!

Easy box loom weaving for kids | TinkerLab.com

  1. Place another popsicle stick at the other end of the weaving to straighten it out.
  2. To add another color, simply tie the yarn you’re done with to another color, or tie it to the warp and then tie a new color to the warp. Trim your yarn.
  3. Keep on weaving and adding more colors.

Easy box loom weaving for kids | TinkerLab.com

  1. When the weaving is done, make a know of the weft to the warp.
  2. Cut the ends of the weaving away from the box loom
  3. Tie two yarn together to make a knot. If you have five dangling warp yarns at each end, you should tie a total of five knots.
  4. Your weaving is done!

More Eco-Friendy Crafts

Check out Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids (affiliate) for this idea and more step-by-step projects for preschool kids and adults to create together with found, natural, and recycled materials.

Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids

More Fiber Arts

Even Toddlers Can Sew

Sewing Cards for Preschoolers

Machine Sewing with a Preschooler

Recycled Weaving Fence


 

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16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids http://tinkerlab.com/printmaking-for-kids/ http://tinkerlab.com/printmaking-for-kids/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:54 +0000 http://tinkerlab.com/?p=13643 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. Here are 16 super easy, and very fun printmaking projects that are sure to inspire children (of all ages) to experiment with printing. […]

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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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  • How to simplify your life and make more room for creativity
  • How to make hands-on making a part of your everyday life
  • Easy, actionable ways to raise creative kids

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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 with 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 […]

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Make + Key = Makey Makey

Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering with 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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  • How to simplify your life and make more room for creativity
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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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