Update: The blog has had some behind-the-scenes maintenance so for a little while it hasn’t been very convenient for you as readers (or for me as a writer, since I haven’t been able to get in here and make any updates). Unfortunately, this also overlapped with the Tinkerlab giveaway. Since many of you reported to me that you tried to enter but weren’t successful I’ve decided to do two things:
- one, I’m going to keep the giveaway open another week
- two, I’m going to add to the book that Rachelle is giving to you and I’m going to purchase another copy myself to give away to a second reader. I hope this helps make up for some of the issues here at SK lately.
Friends, I think you’re going to love today’s post. I’m giving away a copy of my friend Rachelle Doorley’s incredible new book Tinkerlab to one lucky Simple Kids reader!
I know that many of you are familiar with Rachelle’s wonderful blog and with her creative challenges and prompts. I personally am a big fan of both. I have felt a connection to Rachelle and her work with kids and her artistic voice ever since I discovered her blog a few years ago. In the crowded world of kid blogging, Tinkerlab stands out and part of the reason is the very talented writer behind it.
So, I was really excited to learn last year that Rachelle was writing a book and I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Tinker-Circle group as she was writing and to help promote this incredible resource through the blog tour team.
The day our copy of Tinkerlab, a Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors: 55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity, & Creative Thinking arrived the kids and I were thrilled! This is a gorgeous book to look at, but more than inspiring pictures, there are so many projects and ideas and Rachelle encourages you and your kids to “tinker” – to create, explore, find that inner artist and just to play.
Hmmm, tinkering, creating, exploring, and curiosity. Yes, that sounds perfect for the Fleck kids!
I think the arts and crafts are one of the best tools we can give our kids (and ourselves) for self expression. No two people, including kids, will approach art or the process of creating art in exactly the same way. This book not only encourages that individual “tinkering” but celebrates it.
Tinkerlab takes the kids craft book to the next level: beyond just amazing projects (and there are some truly unique ideas here), Rachelle goes into the hows and whys of tinkering, encouraging parents to embrace the mess (one of my personal mottos) and to see mistakes as gifts.
Sprinkled throughout the book, like little gems, are some thought-provoking essays by various authors that this artist/mama/maker found really inspiring and helpful. My favorite, as a parent who also strives to live simply, is the essay on the benefits of basic materials by Jennifer Winters, the director of Bing Nursery School at Stanford University.
How much do the kids and I love this book? So much so that just spending a summer with it hasn’t been enough. Tinkerlab and it’s wonderful 55 play experiments will be included in our 2014-2015 homeschool curriculum, though honestly I think this one will be in our hearts and on our creative table for a long time to come.
One lucky winner TWO lucky winners will receive one copy of the book Tinkerlab.
Answer the following question in the comments on this blog post (if you’re reading via a reader or email, you’ll have to click through and visit the blog to leave your answer): What are your child’s current favorite creative materials?
Note: this giveaway is open to residents of the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada. This giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday July 25, 2014. Winners will be chosen by random.org. Thanks and good luck!
If you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of Tinkerlab for you and your kids (and who can blame you?) then head to your favorite bookseller.
Buy Tinkerlab here:
Want to visit the rest of the blogs with sneak peeks and giveaways on the Tinkerlab tour? Here’s the lineup of the blogs following Simple Kids on the tour: