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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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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!
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 ›
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I first got this book out of the library to read through. I homeschooled 3 boys through high school (all engineers now), and teach science one day a week, so I already have quite... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marcia
What a fabulous book! The activities are fun and educational. Most of the items are things we already have, and only 2 or 3 have things that may need a special trip to the store. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jewels
A wonderful resource! While these activities are tailored to my younger children, I've done several with older elementary-aged & middle school children who've loved them as well. Read morePublished 26 days ago by freshlyplanted
If you are looking at creating a tinker space for young children (at home or in a classroom) this book offers some great ideas for getting started. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TKT
You’ve probably seen the pictures on Pinterest and maybe other social media, but perhaps didn’t realize the activities were Tinkerlab. What is Tinkerlab? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Wilhelm
This book gives me ideas for how to give my kids a fun childhood, and as we do the projects, I feel like I'm back in my own childhood!
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Way better than other kids' crafts books. It's not just a series of step-by-step instructions. It delves into the principles of education and discovery and how to foster a learning... Read morePublished 4 months ago by vatreehugger