Tinkerlab.com: Creative Experiments for Curious Kids, Gets 5 out of 5 Stars!

Tinkerlab.com, “creative experiments for curious kids,” is a fantastic site for both teachers and parents alike! The mission of this wonderful site is to provide a space to explore and talk about child directed art/creative projects, focusing primarily on the process and not just the product.  This is a philosophy I personally hold dear when wanting to spark genuine creativity in children. 

They have some great projects already in categories like outdoors, science, sensory, upcycling etc. Check out “Paper Bag Museum,” one of my favorites of the projects. There are also some great interview posts about kid-friendly creative spaces and how to set them up. 

This blog is based on the author, Rachelle, and what she does with her preschool-aged children. Her background is in art and museum education as well as creative blogging (thus her site being adorable and so well put together). She’s based just outside San Francisco and holds a masters degree in Arts Education. There are some great posts about cooking with toddlers, making different types of playdough, talking to kids about art, music and movement and pretty much anything creative- you name it- this site has a post on it!

One feature of Tinkerlab  is the “Creative Challenge.” This happens every few months where Rachelle introduces a material and invites children to create and explore with it. For example, the next challenge is “milk jugs.”  She has a space where you can link up and share your own creative challenge process’ and pictures. 

Tinkerlab has been featured in magazines like Real Simple and The Crafty Crow among others. It has also been named Best Blog by Red Tricycle San Francisco. I really think this is one of those sites every teacher should have in her queue. It has so many great ideas and resources and simple to navigate through.

I give Tinkerlab.com 5 out of 5 stars!


Summer Langille, M.A, Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 Years

Summer has been working with children for almost 15 years. The oldest of four she’s always seen herself as a caregiver. She started off caring for children as a nanny for many years. She received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in birth to age eight from Long Beach State. She’s worked with infants all the way up to elementary aged children in center-based care, private school care, home-based care, back-up care and afterschool care. She was a lead teacher for an infant program and more recently a two year old/preschool program. She even had a brief stint as a brownie girl scout troop leader. She’s passionate about quality care for children and thinks the environment plays a large role in how a child learns effectively. She loves art, blocks, music, fairy gardens and picture books and wants all caregivers of children to know how important their job is to the children they care for. Summer is currently home with her baby, navigating this new role as Mama. She blogs about her family at www.summerplayshouse.com.