Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Dye for Easter Eggs

Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope

sealing card

Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope If you like to make your own Valentines but you're pressed for time (or have a small and impatient child like me), all-in-one Envelope Valentines could be the way to go. Turning a heart-shape into both a Valentine and an envelope is a delightful way to surprise the card's recipient. This handmade Valentine card is … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Egg Tempera Paint

make egg tempera paint with kids

It's Day #2 of Egg Week.  In case you’re just popping in, my talented friend Melissa over at The Chocolate Muffin Tree and I are posting unique egg-related activities or experiments each day this week. I've been interested in whipping up a batch of homemade egg tempera paint for a while, and being that it's egg week and all, this seemed to be the right time to finally crack … [Read more...]

St. Paddy’s Day Photo Booth

clip sheet photo booth

I've  always loved St. Paddy's day, and then I lucked out and married a cute Irishman. We spent part of our honeymoon in Ireland, and the green island holds a special place in my heart. A few weeks ago I asked the Tinkerlab Facebook community for some ideas on what I could do with a huge pile of old sheets. I got tons of great ideas, and we started by making a Simple Clip … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Spend a Sick Day

reading peg leg peke

How do you get through sick days? With Spring just around the corner, I thought that maybe maybe maybe we would be the lucky ones who made it through winter without getting sick. Wishful thinking! My oldest came down with a fever the other day and we've been holed up at home, gathering our energy and drinking lots of fluids. I have an arsenal of indoor activity ideas, but … [Read more...]

Are Black Markers Really Black? A Chromatography Lesson.

add water to marker on paper towel experiment

What color is black? Is it one color or many colors combined to "look black"? Black is the absence of all reflective colors, and when the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) are combined in just the right way, they give off the appearance of black. We set off to find out more about the predominant colors in our black Crayola marker, and to do this we had to … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Shredded Paper

brown-bag

If you're afraid of a mess, I have to warn you up front that this is a messy one. But it's not a dirty kind of mess and if you stick with me here, you might become a shredded paper convert like me. It all started innocently, and rather boring, enough. It was a bill-paying day, and I set the kids up with their own stack of mailing labels stickers, pens, and old checkbooks … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Invent a Recipe with Kids

invent a recipe with kids

Do you like to cooking with kids or do you yearn to cook with your child? Today we're sharing five easy steps to invent a recipe with kids, which will get you into a creative cooking mindset. Think Master Chef + little kids = a fun afternoon. But you might wonder, "why would I want to invent a recipe when I can easily follow a recipe?" The answer is that inventing recipes … [Read more...]

Magical Plastic Bag Experiment

leak proof plastic bag experiment

Here's a fun experiment that won't take a lot of time, and it's more than likely that you have all the "ingredients" around the house. I did this with my three and a half year old, and it would be relevant for preschoolers and elementary-age children. The idea that we're testing here is what will happen if we poke a sharp pencil through a plastic bag of water. Will the water … [Read more...]