By rachelle 119 Comments
January 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Mariah’s courses are wonderful–my kids recently took her photojournalism class and loved it!
January 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm
Mariah’s book was waiting for me under the tree this Christmas (ok, I may have ordered it for myself!) and I would love to take her class in 2012!
January 12, 2012 at 1:11 am
So many of my readers already have this book — I love this group!!
Erin L. says
January 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm
Interested in learning more about Reggio Emilia.
Monica Luedke says
January 9, 2012 at 12:47 am
That sounds like an awesome course to participate in! We’ve been working on creating our discovery room but it can be so hard to focus on figure out how we really want to make it open ended and beautiful at the same time.
January 9, 2012 at 2:19 am
I would love to win a place in this e course, sounds perfect for me at this time,
Holly Rich Ruffle says
January 9, 2012 at 3:24 am
I am getting ready to design a playroom for my kids and could use the help!
January 9, 2012 at 4:17 am
I have limited space as we live in an apartment. I keep Plaything organized by using plastic net zipper bag. It takes up shape of the object stored in it and I find them better than using zip locks specially for medium size toys are miniature cars etc. Also I have put different set of stuff in each room which helps to engage my daughter all the time.
Sarah N says
January 9, 2012 at 4:19 am
Great interview!! I love the spaces that Mariah has designed! I found out about her site a few months ago and am so inspired! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in her course. It sounds amazing!
Jennifer Sirois Scherer says
January 9, 2012 at 4:20 am
I have this book on my night stand, received it as a holiday gift. Â I have to finish “The Happiness Project” first, but can’t wait to dive in. Â Sounds like it’s right up my alley.
Joy Arcolano says
January 9, 2012 at 6:22 am
Love the idea of a writing center! Â The big question is how to make all this stuff happen in TINY RENTAL spaces (you can’t really create wall installations to hold stuff, but you also can’t use up a lot of the floor space…) without ending up with an overwhelming mess!
January 12, 2012 at 1:34 am
That’s true. We always went ahead and poked holes in the walls anyway. Maybe this is a question for my FB page.
January 9, 2012 at 6:33 am
Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am a mother of two boys (4 and 1) and I now stay at home full time. I was a 2nd grade teacher for many years and couldn’t agree more with some of the ideas you have shared here. What I find to be most important is the influence the environment has on children. I am constantly striving to create a space at home that my son can create in. Having access to the materials he would like to explore, rather than being limited to the materials I choose, is key. I always find he thinks of things I never would have dreamed of. We also face the dilemma of a small apt. so it is a challenge but also find to think about what wall of nook of the apt. I can turn into a center for him. I think it drives my husband nuts as I’m always asking him to hang (and rehang) things until they are just right for my son.
January 9, 2012 at 6:54 am
Looks fabulous! would love to win this prize!
M Wall says
January 9, 2012 at 7:25 am
Thank you for brining new ideas and resources. I am going to start looking at the nooks and corners in my home!
January 9, 2012 at 7:47 am
I would love to take part in this course.Â I am the director of a small private preschool with limited space–I need all the help I can get!
Stephanie mc. says
January 9, 2012 at 7:54 am
I love Reggio and am in great need of this class for my three little artists’ studio
Beth J says
January 9, 2012 at 8:37 am
Trying to re-organize my infant, toddler, and pre-schooler’s playroom to incorporate so many of these ideas! LOVE them! Thanks, xoxo
January 9, 2012 at 9:32 am
I have a friend who took this course and couldn’t say enough good things about it. I’d love to try it!
January 9, 2012 at 10:16 am
I could SOOO use this!Â I’m trying to redesign/reconfigure our guest room to be a combo craft room/playroom and still serve as a guest room and yet the room is not a large room so I am extra challenged.Â Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)
January 12, 2012 at 1:32 am
That’s a good challenge, Maureen. Have you taken a look at Mariah’s book yet?Â
January 9, 2012 at 10:25 am
Very Inspiring! Would love to learn more…
January 12, 2012 at 1:31 am
Hi Vaibhavi! Great seeing you here
Sarah Hall says
January 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
We are trying to open an arts integrated charter school in Southern New Hampshire, and this would be a great opportunity for us as we develop the space. Thanks so much for the info and ideas!
A friend of mine has been working on this arts-based charter school in Oakland, and it was just approved. Maybe you’ll find some good ideas there too.
January 9, 2012 at 11:28 am
I would *love* to take the classÂ I’m studying Psychology and want to get my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and I have studied Reggio Emilia and Montessori methods.Â I’m a mom to a 5 year old so I want to make everything fun and comfortable for her to learn in.
January 9, 2012 at 11:44 am
I really enjoyed this interview! Â Many thanks to you both:)
Shereen Cook says
January 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm
I would love to take the course! It sounds fantastic. I am constantly looking for ways to better arrange spaces in our home.
January 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm
I would love to take this course! I am always looking for ways to improve our home spaces.
January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Loved the interview! It has inspired me to create something similar at home. Let’s see if I can find similar materials. The online course sounds really interesting. Thanks!
January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Great inspiration to get started.Â Would love the class to take it to the next level.
January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm
**sigh** This book was the only thing I asked for from Santa this Christmas, and I GOT IT!Â I am having so much fun and soaking up all the wonderful ideas and vivid photos.Â I would LOVE to pair that with participating in the online course!Â I hope I get picked!Â Thanks, ladies!
January 12, 2012 at 1:29 am
how about that?! the ONLY thing you asked for Â – if i didn’t already have a copy, i may have done the exact same thing!
January 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Enter me! Enter me! That sounds like a great class. I am currently working on adding a room to our house that will function as our family room/studio. This would be soo helpful.
Roxanne B says
January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm
Would love to take her class! Â What great information shared…thank you!
January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Very inspiring.Â Would love to learn more.Â Thank you!
January 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Wonderful ideas. I’d love to take your course! Any tips for outside spaces? I’m currently working on a school garden plan and would love to incorporate art making spaces.
January 12, 2012 at 1:28 am
Are you on Pinterest? I have these two Pinterest boards that you might find inspiration in:Â
Katelyn B says
January 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm
I would love to learn more, sounds so interesting! My children are 3 and under and I would love to learn about creating spaces for their age and as they grow. We have a school room that I would love to see inspiring excitement in learning and development.
January 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm
As a first year preschool teacher in a nature based preschool I would love to take part in this course:)
January 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Great interview. I struggle with figuring out how/what materials to keep out with a three and one year old about. We have a wonderful space for them to roam but I would love to learn how to make it more inspiring for all of us. Would love to take the class!
January 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Oh, I would love to win this!!
Amy (mamascout) says
January 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm
I have used many of her ideas in our learning lab and would love to take this class!
Amanda Bindel says
January 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Mom to three and six year olds and religious ed teacher (in a Montessori-inspired, yet creative-in-response) religious education program. Always looking for new ideas. When my older daughter was four and my little one was toddling (and getting in to her stuff), I turned her closet into her workroom. I cleared it out, added some adjustable shelving, and put an Ikea desk and chair in. She had access to her materials with a door that closed! She truly spent hours at a time in there. Now both girls have access to the materials and they are not tucked away in a closet.
January 12, 2012 at 1:26 am
i love this idea, amanda! i just turned my daughter’s closet into a reading nook, and she’s in love with the cozy little space. she literally melted down last night when her little sister went to bed before her and she was deprived of bedtime stories in her hidey-hole. thanks for the comment.
January 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm
What a cool giveaway! Â Thanks for the opportunity!
Heather McKenzie Carter says
January 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm
I would love to win this course! Homeschooling mother of 7 with my 8th only a few days away- I’m always looking for innovative ways to keep my Children’s passion for learning burning.
January 12, 2012 at 1:24 am
Wow, Heather, congratulations!!! Sending you good baby vibes and hope you have a smooth delivery. Thanks for the comment.
January 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm
I recently found tinkerlab and have already done several of your fantastic projects with my soon-to-be two year old son.Â I’ve just set up an art studio for him, but I know it needs much more inspiration — and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I just might be the winner.Â Thanks so much!
January 12, 2012 at 1:23 am
That’s awesome, Grace, and I’m thrilled to hear that my blog has been a source of inspiration. Fingers crossed
January 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm
I love this concept and am always trying to get new ideas as to how to how to meet my girls’s developmental level and interests.
January 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Was reading a little about the Reggio Emilia method and really keen to learn more.. To create a learning space for my little one..
January 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm
This is so wonderful. I have the book on my list for a while to get. This interview is very inspiring. Yes, creative spaces for our children!
January 10, 2012 at 1:27 am
To love life is to know many things and to know many things one must first experience them through their heart and mind. I look forward toÂ experiencing more!!!Â
January 10, 2012 at 4:32 am
I would love to attend your course! Thank you very much for the oportunity!
January 10, 2012 at 6:18 am
my home and my mind are in a mess. My new year resolution is to get things organized. I would really like a chance to have help for creating lovely spaces for my children.
January 12, 2012 at 1:22 am
I felt the exact same way last year, Ajaranak. For what it’s worth, I found a lot of inspiration in Tsh Oxenreider’s Organized Simplicity. You can do it — baby steps!
January 10, 2012 at 7:19 am
I’ve learned a great deal from the shared art spaces on Tinkerlab, Artfull Parent, and Pink and Green Mama. I look forward to an opportunity to learn more about creating a better creative space for my daughter.
January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am
Oh yes, I would love a spot in this course, I’ve been eyeing it for some time now!
January 10, 2012 at 9:15 am
Ooooh, I would love a spot in this course!Â Thanks for the chance!
January 10, 2012 at 10:13 am
I love that Mariah adds music to her list – music plays such an important role in our daily family life. we start our morning with a dance party sometimes to music on the ipod and sometimes to our own marching band. Love it! Love your blog too thanks!
January 12, 2012 at 1:21 am
When I first read your comment this morning, it reminded me to turn the music on earlier today. I love a good dance party too! thanks for the reminder!!
~ joey ~ says
Excellent interview!Â Mariah is such an inspiration in our home!Â It sounds like our ideal creative space would look almost identical too! ;o)
~ joey ~
Amy @ Crunchy and Green says
January 10, 2012 at 10:19 am
I love how music, science tool, technology and food are all included in Mariah’s list of an ideal art space.Â
January 10, 2012 at 11:37 am
I love her art ideas and spaces.Â I am getting so many great ideas for my PreK class and toddler!
Reina Mora says
January 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm
My children and me absolutely love Mariah’s book And of course we will love even more to be able to join her course so, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee, choose us
January 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm
I love the Playful Learning blog, too! Thanks for sharing the great interview and a chance to win!
January 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Oh my!Â I love this interview!Â I just recently bought the book Playful Learning and have completely changed my thoughts on activities, toys, etc.Â We are getting ready to redo our playroom and I want to take the eCourse so bad but just can’t swing the fee right now…would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win it!!!Â
January 12, 2012 at 1:19 am
Yay! Happy to hear that this inspired you, Christin!
Kimberly Nicholls says
January 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm
I love the archival box idea. Right now I’m stuffing everything into one big plastic file folder box, which I know is not sustainable. Â I do want to save stuff, but hadn’t really figured out how to limit it in a reasonable way.
I also store work in rubbermaid storage bins and the archival boxes are very appealing!Â Sometimes it’s hard to tell which pieces are milestone pieces in the moment, and with a little distance it becomes more clear.Â One thing that I do is store whatever I can’t bear to part with, and then revisit the pile a few months later once my kids are a bit older and I have more of a long-range understanding of what they’re creating.Â
January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Thanks for the chance to win this great course!Â
January 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm
Thank you for your ideas and inspiration. Â My biggest challenge is organization in a small space. Â My girls like both independent and family play. Â I feel I could do a better job of rotating and organizing activities/supplies so they are inspired and can follow their personal creativity.
January 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm
I feel the same way, and I’m constantly rethinking the way my little space is organized. Do you have a garage, storage area, or basement where you could keep those rotating materials? Are you on Pinterest? I have this board that you might enjoy:Â http://pinterest.com/tinkerlab/art-studios-for-kids/
January 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Would love to win a spot having been a fan of her blog.Â Read her fabulous book too!
I really want to register for this e-course!
January 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm
As a parent of 4 children and a play based preschool teacher I am always looking for creative ways to make an old space feel new, organized and exciting! Love your blog and can’t wait to get your book! Joy
January 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm
i would love to be in for a chance.Thanks for the fab interview and giveaway!
Lisa Limburg-Weber says
January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm
I keep dipping into Mariah’s book . . . I’d love to have the opportunity of learning more!
Amy Broadmoore says
January 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I have really enjoyed this and your first Tinkering Spaces interview. I love thinking about ways to set up our home in a way that fosters creative learning and then to sit back and watch what the kids come up with.Â
My 7-year-old son has recently shifted from being super excited about art to being super excited about writing. This interview has made me think about how I could change up our “art area” to make it a great space both for him to write and for my younger two to draw/collage/paint.
January 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Thanks, Amy! It’s so rewarding to watch children play and invent in a space designed with them in mind. I’m happy to hear that this gave you some ideas on how to make your art area more inviting for writing. Mariah certainly has some useful ideas in this area, and I’d recommend her book if it’s not already on your reading list.
January 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm
This is so wonderful.Â thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help other families like this
January 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm
it’s truly my pleasure (and mariah’s too, i’m sure!).
January 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Thank you for the interview and giveaway. I would love to be a part of this e-course.
January 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm
I really want to make my classroom more childlike and child inviting. I love the writing center. I also need help with clever storage for my daughters toys that are taking over the house.Â
January 12, 2012 at 1:14 am
Mariah has so many good ideas — do check out her book if you have a chance. I’m sure you’ll love it, Carrie-Anne.
Diana M. says
January 11, 2012 at 5:03 am
My husband and I have just cleared a room in our home to dedicate solely to our twin boys future atelier. We purchased Mariah’s beautiful book and have highlights, bookmarks and tabs everywhere. What a great resource for ideas, inspiration and information on creating a thoughtful space for children to discover. I was so happy to stumble across this blog from Mariah’s Playful Learning emails. What a great find as well. I’m so excited to enter for the chance to win a spot in the upcoming ecourse! We are so in need of help in trying to put it all together while at the same time, not breaking the bank. Happy New Year!
My book is getting dog-eared too, Diana. Congratulations on making room for an atelier. Your sons will love it, and it will make your family life richer, I’m sure. Thanks for the comment, and I’m so glad you found my blog!
January 11, 2012 at 8:17 am
I love Mariah’s book and would love a spot in her course!!! Thank you!
Michael Nigro says
January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am
One day I hope to have a home that is filled with wonderful spaces for both of my children to learn and have fun. One thing at a time. We will get there.Â
January 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm
I have the book and would love to learn more by taking the course.
January 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm
I have been following Mariah’s blog and love her thoughtful ideas. Would love to delve into this course.
January 12, 2012 at 2:55 am
What an informative interview. I would like to join the course.I have a 2 year old son and I want to be THAT mum!
amanda smith says
January 12, 2012 at 6:40 am
I really love these ideas and have recently signed up to the blog. I am going to try and hunt down some archival boxes now…
Erin Marsh-Orens says
January 12, 2012 at 7:33 am
this looks amazing! I’d love this chance to learn.Â thanks
Cristin L. says
January 12, 2012 at 8:45 am
Great ideas! I’ve been working on creating an art space for my kids this past several months by tranforming our dining room into a “studio.” We have an added challenge of having a child with a developmental disability; supplies have to be somewhat accessible but safety and ease of cleanup is an issue as well.
My favorite change so far has been the addition of a long bookshelf for all of our craft books, with 24 Bell jars mounted below it for beads, pom-poms, ribbon scraps, shells and other small supplies. Just looking at it makes us want to make something. The lids are screwed in permanently and the jars’ contents are visible but safe at the same time.
January 12, 2012 at 10:39 am
I love Mariah’s blog! I have tried to create playful learning spaces in our small home, but would love the additional inspiration her e-course will offer. Thanks TinkerLab!
January 12, 2012 at 10:52 am
I have seen a number of great creative spaces for children, some backed with obvious money, however, others with less funding. I am from the latter version. I also believe in letting my child be a co creator with me. I have choose small child sized materials, but also some big stuff, like rolling pins and manila envelopes, or pillow cases and stamp pads and rolls of contact paper. We decide when to rotate items or rearrange things. Clear totes and photo labels of objects for storage are great.
January 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm
I’d love to join in the course!
January 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm
What a neat interview! I’m very interested in this course
January 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm
I would love to take this course! And I’d like to know more about using glass containers with young children. I’m afraid they’ll break it!
January 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm
So inspiring (just like the rest of your blog). Thanks for the chance to win!
January 13, 2012 at 5:27 am
Dying to take the course – thank you for the chance to win!
kelli cree says
January 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm
I love the writing center! But the amount of paper the 8, 6, and 4 year old go through… good thing we have a scrap bin for them to use as well.
January 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm
I am quitting my job to take care of my kids and would love to get ideas on how to organize small spaces for projects etc. can’t wait to get started!
Maria Sanchez-Masi says
January 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Oooh! Â I’ve been working on better utilizing our learning space and would LOVE to participate in the course!
Crystal Miller-Spiegel says
January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm
I have lots of ideas and good intentions but need some organizational guidance!
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