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CREATIVE SPARKS FOR CURIOUS KIDS

The online art and creativity club for children ages 3-8.

Short & fun videos.
Downloadable PDF activities.
A whole lotta awesome.

WINTER ART & KITCHEN EXPLORATIONS

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How to Draw a Cute Snow Globe

Today we’ll share how you can draw a cute snow globe. Step-by-step drawing activities are a great starting point for...

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Cranberry Popcorn Garland

Making holiday decorations with natural materials is my cup of tea! My mother-in-law made these with my kids last winter,...

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Welcome to TinkerLab!

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Hi, I'm Rachelle (Raquel) Doorley, founder of TinkerLab. I'm a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a maker, and an educator.

Welcome to TinkerLab, a playful, experimental, mistakes accepted, perfectionism-free corner of the internet for making and creativity.

This space was founded in 2010 to celebrate childhood creativity through hands-on making. If you're curious about how you can bring more joy to the art table, TinkerLab was made for you. 

With degrees in theater design and arts education under my belt, I built thriving a career as a classroom art teacher and progressive contemporary art museum educator. The real shift came, however, as a parent, when I gained a deeper understanding of how open-ended making can lead children to greater critical thinking skills, creativity, and agency.

My mission is to share these insights with you, so that no child misses out on the empowered feeling that comes with the freedom to explore, imagine, and invent.

I'm so glad you're here!

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Rachelle Doorley, Founder