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Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors Paperback – June 10, 2014
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“I love Tinkerlab! This book is a glorious invitation for wonder and delight. The teacher in me respects the approach to creativity, process, and self-directed exploration. The mom in me is charmed by the easy-access of materials and projects. Fun! Fun! Fun!”—Lynn Brunelle, author of Pop Bottle Science
“Being playful and creative is such a vital necessity in today’s world! As an arts educator and parent of a curious four-year-old, I greatly value and embrace the ‘tinkering mindset’ at the core of Doorley’s Tinkerlab. What an exceptional resource for all ages as we work to include more creative experiences and explorations in our lives.”—Michael Murawski, PhD, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum and Founder and Editor at ArtMuseumTeaching.com
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The first two-thirds of the activities mostly involve painting and paint related activities such as making complicated and messy homemade glue-based paint. Also, I have an allergy to activities that require many more hours on the part of the parent (setup, preparation, clean-up, supervision) than the total number of hours a child will realistically spend on the activity--if you have the same allergy, you will find only a few of these ideas useful.
Another objection is very minor--the author seems to have an obsession with what my grandparents used to call "museum of self." The book gives suggestions on many of the projects for how to make them archival quality, permanent, lasting. I'm sorry, but I do not fall for the belief that people want to receive endless gifts of blobbed paint on acid-free cardstock from a preschooler. Maybe grandma wants one a year. Reminds me of George Carlin's skit about how every child is special. Every blob of paint your preschooler drops on the paper is special and must be preserved for posterity!Read more ›
I have been a long time follower of the Tinkerlab Blog and I have learned that our approach towards our kids and the activities they do can contribute towards raising independent thinkers and problem solvers.
I highly recommend this book for any parent and/or teacher. Here are the reasons why -
1. The author Rachelle is an arts educator (and a mom) and she really speaks from experience.
2. The book is has a PREPARE section at the beginning of the book that really sets the stage for how we can prepare the space, get the tools and create habits that will let us raise our little Tinkerers. This is the most important portion of the book (in my opinion) as it reiterates over and over that it is all about the process and the experience our kids have.
3. The activities themselves are very simple to set up.
4. Every activity has an "Experiment" section that gives little extensions and asks questions. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of these, because this is what really contributes to kids exploring the activity beyond the obvious, asking questions and becoming curious.
5. Finally, the book is a work of art by itself. It is so pretty and inviting.
Hope you enjoy the book as much as I am enjoying it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this for our preschoolers at Creative Tots Preschool [...]Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this as a gift for my niece & my sister says she doesn't enjoy any of the activitiesPublished 10 days ago by Melisa
I'm not sure why the author needs to reference her husbands employer so much. It kind of seems like an attempt at bragging since it's not her employer or her own experience. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jillian
I ordered this book to use in planning instruction for high potential K-3 students. The book is full of great ideas on how to encourage creativity in children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wombat10
I love this book. It has great ideas for setting up creative places for kids. Suggestions for activities give basic but this is not a "this flap goes here and glue there"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crzyoldone
We LOVE this book. It is filled with lots of great ideas to keep little hands busy doing interesting, interactive activities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CMCL
Found a couple of good activities to do with my 3yo granddaughter. We'll keep progressing.Published 4 months ago by PayingC
very nice ideas for the really young. gave it to my cousins who have preschool grand kids and lots of interactions with the youngstersPublished 5 months ago by Bee Matrix Systems