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...]

Makey Makey Piano – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Makey Makey Banana Piano | TinkerLab.com

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! Today I'll show you how to make a Makey Makey Piano with bananas! I've been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with our very … [Read more...]

How to Build with Box Rivets

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Today we're joined by TinkerLab reader and friend, Aricha Gilpatrick Drury who's offered to show us how to build with box rivets. Aricha is a mom to four children and has a knack for tinkering. When she shared this uber-tinkering activity on our Facebook wall, we asked Aricha if she'd be so kind to share with us today. Lucky us, she said, "yes!" If you've never built with … [Read more...]

Glittery Pine Cones

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Beautiful, right? These gorgeous old redwoods shade our neighborhood park and make me fall in love with that park time and time again. After our ritual slide run and swing toss we like to set up snack or lunch in the shade of these trees, practice "climbing" them (which is really just climbing thought the gap between their close-growing bases), and occasionally harvest their … [Read more...]