Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

kids art jasper johns

Today on Explore Modern Artists, we're taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art museums, but love this kind of art … [Read more...]

Egg Geodes Experiment

clean membranes from eggs

Today we're experimenting with egg geodes. This experiment is set up to engage children in the steps of the scientific method, which could easily make this a fun and successful science fair project. Not only is the process of making these beautiful geodes engaging for kids, but the end-result has a huge wow-factor. Give yourself at least two-three days to achieve the greatest … [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...]

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...]

DIY Paper Bag Book with Japanese Binding {Free Download}

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You might know that I've been working on a fun project with the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum DIY Studio Space. Each month for a full year, we're developing creativity-boosting invitations for children who visit the museum. If you visit the Studio this month you'll find an assortment of interesting found materials and a host of ideas for upcycling books from these … [Read more...]

Is it Magnetic? Testing Objects for Magnetism.

magnets and water

How was your weekend? We took a mini-vacation to play in the snow and I enjoyed a little computer break along the way. I thought I could get online with my phone, but it turned out that the reception was horrible and I've been completely out-of-touch! It was probably a good thing, as I could really focus on my family and be as rested as possible when my one-year old woke up, … [Read more...]