TinkerLab is proud to host a bi-monthly Creative Challenge for kids that invites children to create, make, and invent using a common material as inspiration.
The objective of these challenges is to encourage children to explore a material’s potential, build creative confidence, act like inventors, and envision new purposes for common objects…. skills that are at the heart of innovation.
While Creative Challenge projects should be child-driven, adults are welcome to join the fun as helpful side-kicks.
Our next Creative Challenge is coming up soon: April 1 – April 30, 2014.
Will you join the next Creative Challenge?
If you’d like to join this next challenge, plan to come back on the posted date (the next challenge will run from April 1-30, 2014) with a link to your blog post or documentation of your kid/s in action.
- Bloggers: If you’re a blogger, write a blog post to go live between April 1 and April 30, 2014, and then head over here to add a link on TinkerLab.
- Non-bloggers: If you don’t have a blog, take a photo of your project and tag it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (my favorite) with #creativekidschallenge and we’ll find you!
Should I join? Is this for me?
You might be wondering if this is worth your time. Well, here are some of the reasons to join in…
- Your child will most likely enjoy the process of designing his or her own project, and self-directed projects encourage confidence and critical thinking skills.
- You’ll enjoy sharing with all the other Creative Challenge participants. It’s really fun to see how people interpret the same materials in different ways.
- We will start a new Pinterest board for this challenge and all eligible entries will be shared there. We reserve the right to share images that align with our brand.
- If you’re a blogger, you’ll probably enjoy a boost in traffic.
Could we use real eggs?
We’ll leave this up to you. You could use real eggs, plastic eggs, wooden eggs, or make drawings of eggs. You could play a game, make a painting, cook a meal, or run a science experiment. Since this project is child-driven, we’d hate to limit the imagination. Think of the egg as a helpful starting point.
Okay, I’m in! What do I need to do?
- Gather your materials
- Talk to your child about his or her plan
- The project should be child-led, although adults are quite welcome to join in
- Run the project
- Document it
- Share it between April 1 and April 30, 2014. We’ll post a Linky on our site.
- Grab a button and share it in your post!
Got it! Can you give us some ideas to help us get started?
Sure! You could:
- Paint with the egg
- Build a structure from multiple eggs
- Draw on the egg with a permanent marker
- Fill the egg with a mini diorama
- Make prints with the circle edge of a half-egg
- Take photographs of eggs
- Make your own egg tempera paint and then do something with that
Join our Facebook Group
Exciting news…50 talented bloggers have already signed up to join this challenge! If you’d like to join our Facebook group, request to join here.
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