The Artful Parent Book: A Review and a Project | TinkerLab
As a longtime fan of Jean Van’t Hul’s charming, approachable, and ever-inspiring blog, The Artful Parent, I’m thrilled about the upcoming release of her book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity. Not only has Jean been a huge source of inspiration to me and countless others, but […]
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. […]
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 […]
Homemade Cards for Kids to Make
40 easy, homemade cards that kids can actually make themselves, including homemade thank you, all-occasion, holiday, and birthday cards.
What Do You Wish You Had Known About Kids Art Projects? | TinkerLab
From cleaning up to organizing supplies, tips and tricks from parents on how to make kids art projects more engaging and meaningful for kids and parents.
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.
Organize a Self-Serve Creativity Zone | TinkerLab
“The drive to master our environment is a basic human characteristic from the beginning — from birth.” –-Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University (From Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky. New York: Harper Collins, 2010). Do you have self-serve spaces in your home that are dedicated to creativity, art, science, and tinkering? Today I’m sharing our […]
Five Easy Steps for Talking with Children about Art | TinkerLab
Have you taken your kids to see any good art lately? As a an art museum educator I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how adults can help children talk about and make sense of art. Why is talking about art important? There are so many reasons! Talking about art is good for […]
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.
How to Make Pop up Cards | TinkerLab
Do you like to make your own cards? Today I’m sharing how to make pop-up cards with kids. These are easy, fun, and once kids get the hang of it it’s hard to stop making them. Every now and then I’ll find myself in Target’s card aisle, lured in by my wide-eyed kids who ogle at […]
Less is More: A Child-Adult Art Collaboration | TinkerLab
I was on Instagram the other day and shared a sketchbook collaboration that my five-year old and I were working on. My friends Ness from One Perfect Day, Kate from An Everyday Story, and Shana from Ain’t no Mom Jeans asked me to share more about how we collaborate. They asked: Who suggests the ideas, […]
Circular Patterns + Creative Thinking | TinkerLab
Despite the thousands of ideas you’ve seen floating around the internet, do you ever feel like you’re at a loss for an art activity that your kids will enjoy, while also challenging them to think? Children get excited about solving real problems, and the problem in this project lies in figuring out how to circumnavigate […]
How to Marbleize Paper (the easy way) | TinkerLab
Are you looking for a last-minute hands-on gift, or maybe an idea to bookmark for a cold winter day? I’ve been saving this Suminagashi kit for a quiet morning and it was a true winner with both my 2-year old and 4-year old.
How to Set up an Art Cart | TinkerLab
Organize your most frequently used art supplies on a rolling, portable art cart. This post show you how to set your cart up for success.