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“I highly recommend Tinkerlab to any parent with young children! I read the book in one sitting (it was that well written) but know I will be referring back to it for years as I encourage my own daughters’ tinkering, experimenting, and creative development.”—Jean V’ant Hul, author of The Artful Parent
“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
RACHELLE DOORLEY is an arts educator, community builder, and founder of the popular creativity blog Tinkerlab. She studied costume design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked on Hollywood films before finding her true calling as an arts educator. After teaching art in Los Angeles schools, Rachelle earned a master’s in arts education from Harvard, and then oversaw docent and education programs at the San Jose Museum of Art. Rachelle lives with her husband and her two curious daughters in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, where she leads workshops on visual thinking and hands-on creativity. Rachelle believes in finding fun and meaningful ways to make every day creative, and can often be found experimenting in her sketchbook, taking her kids on adventures, and asking lots of open-ended questions. Rachelle enjoys chai tea, hand-drawn letters, train travel, hikes in the woods, artist studios, and ocean air.
Great craft book for kids! Lots of great ideas to keep them busy over the summer (or on weekends)!!!Published 11 days ago by Natousha Reitz
As a preschool teacher, I used this book to inspire ideas for an afternoon "club" for children ages 3-5. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen R.
We use this book several times a week as a starting off point for different activites. It's also my go to gift for birthdays.Published 1 month ago by Melissa Laurie
A wonderful, wonderful book. I teach nursery and reception children and am always looking for ways to get them 'doing'. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It is a great book loaded with good information and pictures. It inspired me into preparing a tinkering area for my kids (ages 2 and 4) and they really like exploring the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniele
This book has so many creative ideas for tinkering along with your kids. If you purchase just one book on making, get this one!Published 3 months ago by Chad and Kristen
This book is a must-have for anyone with young children! Not only is it full of super fun and easy creative projects for kids, it goes deeper and explains the reasoning behind many... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M.Schiller
I'm inspired to create a tinkerlab storytime at my library. I've been doing some of these things with older kids but why should they have all the fun?Published 3 months ago by Alaska reader