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
How to Marble Paper (easy). 1) Squeeze ink into a tray of water and swirl around. Color mixing is okay! 2) Lay a piece of paper on top and pull the print.
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.
Art Games: Draw with Art Dice | TinkerLab
I'm always happy to land of fun art games that entertain my children and help their brains develop. Drawing with art dice develops creative thinking skills and helps children think about composition, line, color, and shape as they learn about the elements of art in a playful manner.
Valentine Crafts for Kids | Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp | TinkerLab
Easy and fun Valentine Crafts for Kids: How to make a simple and colorful Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp with Kids
Seven Tips for Setting up an Impromptu Garden Art Studio | TinkerLab
The other day we had the most amazing weather, so we set up a garden art studio… When I was in college I always loved those teachers who took their classes outside on a nice day. So why not recreate that magic with our kids? Did you know that most children don’t spend enough time […]
Nature Table: Where Art, Stories, Memories, and Peace Unfold | TinkerLab
Today I’d like to introduce you to Rashmie Jaaju, the mama behind the creative learning blog, Mommy Labs. I’ve known Rashmie since I started blogging and always appreciate her sincerity, mindful approach to parenting, and the passion she brings to raising a creative child. Furthermore, Rashmie lives in New Delhi, India, and I hope you’ll enjoy […]
Clear Tape Image Transfer Technique | TinkerLab
This is a useful and entertaining technique for turning photocopies into transparent images, which you can then layer into collage art. It’s been ages since I’ve done this, and I’m excited to share it with you as part of the TinkerSketch Challenge that’s happening this month. If you don’t know about it, I’d encourage you to check […]
Homemade Paint | How to Make Paint | TinkerLab
Make your own squeezable homemade paint from salt, flour, and water. Add a little food coloring or liquid watercolors to create the color you desire.
Sticker Resist with Watercolors | TinkerLab
Do you have a set of watercolors? If not, this fun project will give you reason to pick one up. My kids and I have been keeping sketchbooks for a few months, and we enjoy the challenge of testing out new techniques, materials, and ideas as we move through our books. Painting over stickers (and […]
Favorite Homemade Paint Recipes - Kid-tested!
Kid-tested, non-toxic homemade paint recipes. These are our favorite, fool-proof, simple, and inexpensive recipes for making paint for kids.
Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Critters | TinkerLab
If you're looking for fall craft ideas, this simple painted leaf tutorial is a keeper. Collect leaves and paint them with cute faces or abstract designs.
How to build an Easy DIY Light Table | TinkerLab
Simple and quick! Build your own DIY light table for kids from a storage container, string of lights, wax paper, and whatever tools you want to add to it.