Engineering Kids | Rube Goldberg Machine

Easy Steps for building a Rube Goldberg Machine with Little Kids | TinkerLab.com

This project has long been on my to-do list with my kids. We are long-time fans of marble runs (see the resources page for recommendations), and extending our love for rolling balls and ramps into the world of Rube Goldberg was a no-brainer. And triple hurrah for projects that celebrate STEM and STEAM learning. About Rube Goldberg For the uninitiated, Rube Goldberg was an … [Read more...]

Should Food be used in Preschool Sensory Activities?

Should food be used in preschool sensory activities? | TinkerLab.com

Every since I dipped my toes into the world of Early Childhood Education, the hotly debated issue of whether or not food should be used in preschool sensory activities has come up multiple times. My background in the arts, where all supplies were fair game for art-making, didn't prepare me for the variety of opinions that circle this topic. TinkerLab reader, Pam, presented … [Read more...]

Doily and Watercolor Art for Preschoolers

Easy Watercolor and Doily Art | TinkerLab

This simple doily and watercolor art for preschoolers uses basic art materials and encourages children to explore the medium of watercolors through process-based creating. This project, like so many others that you'll find on TinkerLab, is process-based. It's set up as a Creative Invitation, meaning that the materials are laid out in an inviting way, and then the child … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

DIY Fabric Ornament With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Gymboree. Bring a friend to a Gymboree store and sign up for Gymboree Rewards together and you'll both SAVE 25% off an in-store purchase.  Kids Crafts Ideas: DIY Fabric Ornaments These sweet fabric ornaments teach children hand sewing techniques while building fine motor skills, and they don't demand that parents have a lot of fancy sewing skills … [Read more...]

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

Kids Winter Craft: Winter Collage

How do you feel about holiday activities? I love it all...the tree trimming, wreath making, cookie decorating, Santa sighting, and latke cooking. Yes, it's only December 7, and we've already done it all! But I've learned that I can only take it in small doses before I need to bury my head in a pillow. And then I learned this week that my kids feel the same way. When … [Read more...]

Toddler Watercolor Painting, Keeping it Neat

clean and tidy painting with toddlers and preschoolers

I'm not afraid of messes, but I'm also not looking for them. Are you with me? So when my almost 2-year old said that she wanted to paint, I was ready with my spill-management toolbox: an ice cube tray and a wooden serving tray. In case you're wondering how the wooden tray is paint-free (I'd wonder about that), it's seen better days and was just treated to a new paint job … [Read more...]

12 Doll House Games and Ideas

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Did you grow up with a dollhouse? I grew up with a beautiful hand made dollhouse, built by my cousin's father about twenty years before I was born. It was a family treasure that got passed around from cousin to cousin. I always imagined that my own children would play with this imagination-building house, but it was time to send it back to its original owner. So when I … [Read more...]

Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]