10 Ways to Raise Creative Kids | TinkerLab
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda A version of this post was originally shared at Kiwi Crate. […]
Valentine Crafts for Kids: Salt Dough Magnets | TinkerLab
Are you looking for Valentine Crafts for Kids? This project takes a bit of time, but the results are treasures that will last a lifetime.
Art Tips: Low-cost Stamps made from Cosmetic Wedges | TinkerLab
Have you ever made a stamp from a cosmetic wedge? A few weeks ago I shared this art tip about how you can salvage paper scraps that are left behind on the art table, and I invited you to let me know here and on Facebook if this was a series worth exploring. Enough of you said “yes,” that […]
How to Make a Simple Box Loom Weaving | TinkerLab
No-fail step by step instructions for making a simple box loom weaving with kids or beginner adults. Grab a box, yarn, scissors, and needle to get started!
20 Inspiring Letter Writing Centers | TinkerLab
These letter writing centers will inspire you to build one of your own. Clear a table, set up some cards and writing tools, and you're in business!
Homemade Card Idea: Peek-a-boo Cards | TinkerLab
“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” – Lord Byron Do you make time to hand-write letters? I have piles of stationary that I used to adore writing on, but now these delightful pieces of artful ephemera seem to collect a whole lot of dust since everything has become digital. […]
Organize Your Art Station | TinkerLab
Is your furniture constantly moving around your house, or are you the kind of person who finds the right place for something and it rarely moves? Me, I’m a mover. My furniture may as well have wheels underneath it thanks to all moving it does. And now I have one more excuse to rearrange my […]
Rubber Cement Watercolor Resist Painting Technique | TinkerLab
This fun rubber cement watercolor resist technique can be accomplished with just a few supplies, and it's perfect for sketchbooks or art journaling.
How to Make Paper | TinkerLab
Making paper teaches children how one of our most ubiquitous materials -- PAPER -- is made, and it's also a fun sensory project for kids of all ages.
Art Games: Draw with Art Dice | TinkerLab
I'm always happy to land of fun art games that entertain my children and help their brains develop. Drawing with art dice develops creative thinking skills and helps children think about composition, line, color, and shape as they learn about the elements of art in a playful manner.
Clear Tape Image Transfer Technique | TinkerLab
This is a useful and entertaining technique for turning photocopies into transparent images, which you can then layer into collage art. It’s been ages since I’ve done this, and I’m excited to share it with you as part of the TinkerSketch Challenge that’s happening this month. If you don’t know about it, I’d encourage you to check […]
24 Tips for Cleaning up Art Messes with Children | TinkerLab
What are your tried and true strategies for cleaning up art messes with your child? I presented this question to some friends and the smart crowd on my Facebook page, and they came back with a variety of ideas. Some of these are my own favorites, and a few are new-to-me. My hope is that […]
Microwave Puffy Paint | TinkerLab
Who wouldn’t love a good experiment that combines mixing flour + watercolor paint, and zapping it into puffy magic in the microwave? When I saw this inspiring post by Rashmie at Mommy Labs, who in turn was inspired by Tammy over at Housing in a Forest, I knew it was something that my 3.5 year old […]