TinkerLab Art Starts Book

I have some thrilling news to share with you today. 🎉The newest TinkerLab book is almost here!​ I woke up this morning to emoji-filled messages from friends whose copies are en route to their mailboxes! And then I started reading early reader reviews like this one!

TinkerLab Art Starts has been growing in my mind since the first TinkerLab book (aff) hit the stores and I saw a need for simplifying the maker process for the modern family: the truth is that young children don’t need over-designed activities to spark creativity, and many of us have enough going on in our lives without also worrying about designing complicated art projects for our kids.

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This book is all about pulling back to basics with time-tested prompts that are easy for adults and open-ended for children.

With the help of my team at Roost Books, I’m delighted to see this gem of a book make its way into the world. 

Although it’s been marinating for years, I have hundreds of little blurbs to describe what’s inside. So much goodness, obviously (!!), and here’s today’s elevator pitch:

Art Starts is filled with 52 simple art provocations for little hands, each activity designed to spark connection and creativity.

This book is for you if you:

  • are new to art making.
  • have no ideas and need help getting started.
  • have a preschooler who love making things.
  • want easy projects with ​minimal​ prep.
  • want to save time while seeing your child exercise their creativity.

The ideas in Art Starts can help families see how easy and worthwhile it is set up simple provocations that spark further discovery and creativity. ​​

It’s been a banner year at TinkerLab with the launch of Schoolhouse in March, and now the Art Starts book. While I’ve been working long hours these last few months, it’s so worth it to hear countless stories from families around the world who are connecting through hands-on making while witnessing their children think like artists and inventors. This brings me endless joy!

TinkerLab wouldn’t be here without all of our supporters, and I’m eternally grateful for YOU, which is why I decided to double down and create some awesome early order bonuses. Since we can’t see each other in person for a book tour, I’ll send these goodies straight to your inbox!

To spread my enthusiasm to YOU, there are two awesome new bonus packages, each designed to bring even more creativity to your home this holiday season!!

If you buy one book before December 23, you’ll get access to:

Playdough Recipes: 7 Easy Doughs for Everyday Play –A brand new guide with 7 of my favorite play dough recipes, compiled into one handy resource. (Downloadable PDF)

The Little Winter Drawing Pack –  Easy steps to draw winter trees, snow people, winter mittens, snowflakes, and gingerbread houses, with extra ideas on how to make the illustrations your own. For kids and adults. (Downloadable PDF)​

If you buy three books, you’ll get all of the above, ​plus:

Mixed Media Art Prompt Cards – 16 Card Mini Pack.​ Inspiration for art journaling and creative mucking about. (Downloadable PDF)​

Invention Box Card Set – Materials list for your invention box plus 8 challenge cards for little inventors.​ (Downloadable PDF)​


Did you already order the book? Thank you! You can still grab the bonuses. Just click over and fill out the form with your transaction/receipt number.

With the holidays coming up, and so many of us stuck at home with loooong hours to fill, TinkerLab Art Starts would be an amazing family holiday gift. Couple it with a pack of watercolor paper, paint, and an invention box (the bonus guide will come in handy here!), and you’ll have the priceless gift of creativity for little makers on your list.

For extra fun, check out my goofy unboxing video here.

Warm wishes,