Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I love books that encourage parents to let their kids create.  Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley is is home run for me.

Design, Build, Concoct, and Discover—55 creative experiments for curious kids!
Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment, explore, test, and play—and learn a great deal in the process through problem-solving and hands-on experiments. From art making to simple robot building, magic potion testing, and nature exploration, this book is about creative experiments, in all fields, that help kids explore the world. Perfect for young children up to age six.

These books is chock-full of wonderful ideas for crafts and activities that you can share with your child.  I ended up bookmarking so many pages that I greeted my daughter (freshly home from school) with "Do you want to make something?"  We have had a great time making things together.  We made "marbled paper" with oil and food dye.  We did "drawings from life" which my daughter set up.  We made "egg geodes" and our own prints by using Styrofoam trays from our broccoli.   Tinkerlab  makes you want to raid your home to find cool and unique items you can create and "tinker" with.

I highly recommend Tinkerlab  and plan on gifting this treasure trove of a book to many friends.  Tinker away readers!

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