Tinkerlab :: A Creative Thinking Book for Kids (+GIVEAWAY!)

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Tinkerlab -- The Book by Rachelle DoorleyI am so excited to kick off the blog tour for Tinkerlab, the new creative thinking book for kids by Rachelle Doorley (of Tinkerlab blog fame).

Rachelle is a good friend and I’ve seen this book develop over the years from a brilliant blog (still is, of course) to an idea, a book, and finally now to publication date.

Tinkerlab :: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

I sent Rachelle a copy of my favorite writing book when she began writing hers. I introduced her to my editor (yes, we have the same amazing editor), and when I read an early copy of the book, I was so impressed by the writing and ideas that I wrote a blurb for her back cover:

“I highly recommend Tinkerlab to any parent with young children! I read the book in one sitting (it was that well written) but know that I will be referring back to it for years as I encourage my own daughters’ tinkering, experimenting, and creative development.”

And now, I feel honored to kick off the Tinkerlab blog tour

Tinkerlab :: A Creative Thinking Book for Kids

Tinkerlab Book by Rachelle Doorley

I believe it’s a good thing when I say that this book won’t sit still on your bookshelf. It’ll accompany you through your days, become dog-eared, get splattered with some science experiment substance that you’ll wipe off the best you can, then continue to get used as a guide for more experimenting and tinkering.

The best of childhood is about experimenting and tinkering, right?

Both of which certainly encourage creative thinking.

The Tinkerlab book is written for parents and teachers (and this is the book I’ll be gifting this year), but if your kids are like mine, you’ll be lucky to get a turn with it.

Tinkerlab Book Review

My 4 year old added post-it flags to all the activities she wanted to do (and she would have kept going except we ran out of flags)…

Tinkerlab Book Review - Drawing Machine

…and my 8 year old especially wants to try the DIY robot, the drawing machine, and the potion station.

Tinkerlab Book Review - Take things apart

We took the Tinkerlab book along with us yesterday to Maia’s piano lesson and the teacher’s 8-year-old son was excited about the sections on ropes and pulleys and taking things apart.

I think this is going to be a summer of tinkering and experimenting.

Tinkerlab Book Review - Creating Your Own Tinker Lab

We’re going to begin by setting up our own tinker lab as soon as school is out (at the end of this week!)…

Will you join us?

(I’m pretty sure you’re going to see this book mentioned here again and again over the next few months…)

Tinkerlab :: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley

Tinkerlab Book by Rachelle Doorley

If you have kids under age 10, go get yourself a copy of this book. It is so worth having as a guide to exploring the world, encouraging your children’s creative learning and development, as an idea kickstarter (with 55 projects and experiments!) and as a creative thinking book for kids.

Buy Tinkerlab here:


Roost Books


Barnes & Noble

And all good bookstores

You can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Rachelle’s book!

Tinkerlab  Book Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To enter for a chance to win a copy of Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley, leave a comment to this post below and then come back up and tell the Rafflecopter widget that you did so and would like to be entered in the giveaway. That’s it! This giveaway is open to readers everywhere.

Good luck!

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  1. Amy says

    This looks like an amazing book! I am sure my 6 and (almost) 2 year-old daughters will LOVE this!!! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  2. Molly says

    I was just saying that I needed to get a copy of this book for summer. Winning it would be the best!

  3. Kama Clark says

    Another book to add to the ‘must buy’ list – right after I buy your one!

  4. Danielle says

    I am a teacher and a mom of young children. I can not wait to get my copy tof Tinkerlab to help extend STEM education with ALL of my children!

  5. says

    Artful parent and tinkerlab and nuture store are my favourite online sources of inspiration for creative activities. I also love the dedication to open ended creativity and the philosophy behind both Jean and Rachelle’s work.

  6. Dawn Taylor says

    I would love to have a copy of this book to use with my early childhood special education class, and also with my own kids at home. My girls (ages 8 & 5) are often my “guinea pigs” at home for school projects.

  7. Julie V. says

    This book would be perfect for my six year old son. Just what we need for the summer.

  8. Reynada says

    This book looks so fun- full of ideas for a child to learn through having fun and being creative!

  9. Pam McDormand says

    I just read about this book on your blog recently, and I would love to have a copy to use this summer with my kids!

  10. brittany says

    From everything I have read and seen about this book, it looks amazing. I would love to have one of these. I have two boys 7 and 2 1\2 who are both autistic. Looks like this could be a very helpful tool for my family.

  11. sewpollyesther says

    I’ve been looking out for this for a while, it’s definitely on our Christmas list if we don’t manage to get our hands on it earlier. Must get a recommendation in to the local library as well!

  12. billy says

    Awesome book with great ideas. Can’t wait to use this with my 2 boys who have both been diagnosed with autism. Maybe this is the break throw we have been needing

  13. Kerry Brookes says

    This would be great for exploring ideas for potential new work, my foster parenting and hopefully my own kids if they happen.

  14. Kim says

    This book looks so good. It’s on my “must have” (or at any rate, “really want”) list!

  15. Cleo Richardson says

    That’s what your book looks like at our house, filled with post-its!!! Would love this book, thanks for the chance to win it!

  16. Marisa Neyenhuis says

    Please, please! We have a summer waiting for possibilities and great ideas!

  17. jessica says

    This book looks awesome! Im a preschool teacher and have a 3 year old so this is a must have!

  18. Casey O'Roake says

    This book looks so fun! I can’t wait to use it for my classroom and with my own boys. :)

  19. says

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to get a copy of this book. And my 3 kids would love to try out things mentioned in it, I’m sure! ;)

  20. Liz s. says

    I need some inspiration, especially on these multiple rainy days we are having lately!

  21. Karolina says

    I actually started SALIVATING at the sight of this! Still cant figure out if it’s the deliciously looking book itself or the strawberries on the dress?..Never mind- need to get it for my three Tinkerers! Totally in love with your blog, by the way (your Tinkerlab sketchbook challenge is actually set as a wallpaper on our PC- what a pile of cool ideas!)

    • Karolina says

      oops, sorry- for some reason I was convinced I’m posting a comment on the actual Tinkerlab website- do forgive me :/
      I love You too- of course. Your ideas are often inspirations for my art lessons at the preschool where I work. Thank you.

  22. Jennifer (robbins) A. says

    This book looks Awesome! I would love to own a copy! I love doing activities with the kids. : )

  23. ursula says

    Wow, what a wonderful fun and resourceful book. As a mom I am always looking for ways to entertain my son that doesnt involve some form of technology. Just letting them be kids and using their incredible imagination. I would love to win this book…….holding thumbs :-)

  24. KT says

    I love the idea behind this book; I am always looking for fun, entertaining, no technology activities for my boy. This book looks perfect. Thanks for the contest!

  25. Shannon says

    This book looks like such an amazing resource! I would love to use the ideas from this book with my daughters to encourage more building, experimenting and tinkering! This would also be a great resource to let my daughters school borrow for new project ideas! Thank you!

  26. Katherine says

    This looks great! Would love to win one but if I’m not lucky enough I guess I’ll make the purchase … :-)

  27. says

    I look forward to more reviews of the activities from this book. My kids love to tinker and I would love to help mature that instinct!

  28. Amber says

    I was just thinking I needed to plan ahead with some fun activities this summer. This might fit the bill!

  29. says

    I think this is another MUST HAVE in our house….I even call my son “The Tinker” because he is always taking things apart (thankfully, he can put a few of them back together). I see many happy afternoons pouring over this book.
    Sarah M

  30. jennifer says

    This book looks amazing & review just kept my interest up! Would be awesome to win but if not ill get one anyway! Thanks for the info.

  31. Megan Cameron says

    Sounds like an absolute must-have for my 5 yr old son with Aspergers. He is a “tinkerer”, a free spirit and a wanna be scientist. What a great way to nurture his creative side – if I don’t win the book I will be sure to get my son, and all my nieces and nephews a copy (secretly I really want to read it too) xox

  32. kirsten says

    This book looks amazing! I know that me and my little one would get a lot of use out of it.

  33. michelle says

    We love the Tinkerlab blog! The book looks wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  34. Rebecca Johnson says

    This book looks AMAZING! I would love to win it for my almost six year old artist/scientist. :(

  35. melissa shears says

    What an awesome book! Think it’s just what my 4 kids and I are lookin for this summer. :)

  36. Heather says

    We would love this! I struggle a bit with how to play around with science with my little girls.

  37. Tanya says

    This book looks great!
    Thank you for the heads up and an opportunity to win a free copy.

  38. Gabriela says

    I am always looking for new art projects to do with my kids, 5 and 9. They both enjoy doing art projects but sometimes I do not have much time or run out of ideas… I am sure this book would give us great new and fresh ideas.

  39. Diana cote says

    This book looks wonderful, I think my daughter and I would have a blast with it. We are always on the lookout to do more things together and things that will help us be more creative.

  40. Jodie Munday says

    This book would make our rainy indoor days so much more fun not just for my son but for mummy too, and long summer afternoons would become more magical. I can’t wait to share this with my little ones daycare mother also, the fun that could be had there with a little group of inquisitive boys would be endless…

  41. Kim T. says

    Delicious fun for kids & adults – always looking for smart ways to organize and teach new art concepts. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  42. Zo B says

    LOVE Tinkerlab and The Artrtful Parent! These sites are great resources for our homeschooling family.

  43. Mayla M says

    We would run out of flags too! I’m sure my three boys will want to do every project! Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Amy Owens says

    This looks like an amazing book that my 3 and 2 year old boys would really enjoy. I follow the blog, and would love to have the book.

  45. Nisha says

    This book is exactly what we need in the Dhar household. The ladies- 8 year old Miss An and 2.5 year old Miss Aa are wild about tinkering!!!

  46. --anu says

    I have been making a list of new craft books for the summer, this would be a great start for this year’s stack :)

  47. says

    I have been waiting for this book! My whole family would enjoy it, especially my 4 year old future engineer! ;) Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

  48. Karla Hays says

    Sounds like a great summer activity idea book for my 3 kids. Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. Melissa B. says

    This looks like a really cool book to have for my 3 year old daughter who loves to “tinker”.

  50. Kameron says

    My boys would LOVE this, as they are already tinkerers (or “scientist artists” as my 5-year old says) and have vivid imaginations! Thanks for offering the give away!

  51. Tammy Hayden says

    My daughter and I could have a whole lotta fun with this book!! Thanks for the chance!!

  52. Poorva says

    This book will be great for my little one to keep her busy during summer break. Thanks for the chance

  53. Rachel says

    A new source of inspiration for the crazy curious kiddos in my house? From Tinkerlab? Yes please!

  54. Laura de Martrin Donos says

    My 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son will just love this book! And with another little boy on the way in October I can just imagine how dog-eared this book is going to get in my house over the years! Thank you for giving us such a brilliant tool to encourage creativity in our children and make wonderful memories.

  55. Cass says

    I follow the Tinkerlab blog and love the ideas that are there. I think the book would be fantastic as well!

  56. Ezgi says

    I follow the Tinkerlab blog and Facebook page and each time it inspires me with all of those fantastic ideas, I feel like I have to create something (: I am sure the book would be amazing too!

  57. Sabrina says

    My girl is a natural tinkerer. We would love to win a copy and do some tinkering alongside you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Jade says

    I would love to check out this book, sounds like its very inspiring. Love watching my toddler tinker

  59. Priscilla says

    I love her blog and am excited about her new book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

  60. Jennifer says

    What an excellent resource to keep kids engaged in using their mind and creativity rather than video games and apps. Anything that doesn’t require batteries to operate is a plus in my house!

  61. says

    I’m always looking for ways to play creatively with my niece, or to encourage her to play creatively without any adults around! This sounds fabulous!

  62. Julie says

    My three year old is just now beginning to ‘tinker’ and we are looking for activities to build her engineering mind!

  63. mansi says

    The diy robot and pulleys…have got me all excited about this book. I keep a copy of the artful parent by my bed. Would love to have the tinkerlab book to go with it. It will be match made in heaven.

  64. says

    Jean! Thank you for kicking off the book tour in such a grand way, and for helping pave the way for this book to happen. I am not at all joking when I say that this book would not be in the world without YOU! A million thanks, Rachelle

  65. says

    Thanks for this worldwide-open chance. I’ve been following Rachelle’s blog for some time and this book must be awesome.

  66. Catherine says

    This book looks fun and inspiring – I know my daughter and her friends would love it!

  67. Angela R. says

    My kids would love this! Taking things apart is right up their alley :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  68. Agnes says

    My son has been wanting to make gak/goop for a while, so I just searched for it and read Tinkerlab’s recipe for flubber gak slime! Can’t wait to make it. We get 100+ days here so it would be fabulous to have some indoor activities for the kids. Thank you!

  69. says

    Gasp! This is a wonderful giveaway and I’m so excited to browse through your blog! Looking forward to it. :)

  70. Amy says

    I like Tinkerlab so much. Between your work and hers I have my kids well-covered and I don’t feel like I need to search much further for lots of playing and learning at home. Thanks for hosting!

  71. Jenn A says

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway! My family would love to add this book to our library!

  72. Joanna warren says

    Perfect activities for my daughter and son to do together!!! Hope we win!

  73. Kristin says

    I can’t wait to start creating with my little ones! This book looks wonderful.

  74. Danielle says

    I’m helping a school set up a Makerspace, and this looks like an awesome resource!

  75. Elizabeth Langston says

    I bet I could find some good ideas for keeping my 3-4 year olds engaged at church here. Thanks.

  76. Maree Bowmer says

    Such a fab looking book – I reckon my nearly-5-year-old would LOVE to show her little brother all this has to offer!

  77. Chenea Foster says

    My boys (4 year old and twins aged 9) are going to love this book! We are headed to the thrift store today to grab some things to take apart. Would love to WIN this book. :-)

  78. Sandi says

    Tinker Lab is the hands-on let’s try it out kind of experience my kids are craving after the structured school year. Come on Summer!!

  79. tannis says

    Would love this! Especially if it can help me help my 2 and 4 yo go from destructive tinkering to more creative and non-destructive tinkering.

  80. ESTHER says

    The Tinkerlab book…awesome! I have been following the blog for a while now and it is great. We have tried many of her ideas!

  81. Jamie Leopold says

    We got the drawing with kids book from the library and loved it. Would love to try this one too, sounds like a blast!

  82. grace says

    What a great book to have over the summer .. cute ideas to do when the school is out and kids are home ready to do something :-) Thanks for the chance.

  83. Lisa says

    This book looks right up my children’s street! I run heuristic play classes for babies, and the tinker lab looks like a wonderful extension of that philosophy. Thanks for the link.

  84. Teresa Rato says

    It makes a lot of sense to use design thinking with children, as they are so creative by default!

  85. Nupur Johri says

    This looks perfect for my 6 year tinker-happy girl. This looks like a great, great resource. Thanks for blogging about this book.

  86. Cristina says

    I’m sure I’ll love this book. But most of all, my husband will love it because at least he’ll find an explanation why I’ve been saving so many trash (according to him) / creative play raw materials (according to me).

  87. Toria says

    Craft + science, what an awesome book! I can see this is one that I’ll be buying not just for myself but for gifts too…

  88. Ann says

    I have followed the Tinker Lab blog for some time and am really looking forward to checking out her book!

  89. Jeanette R. Wirth says

    I couldn’t get the entry to allow a comment, but I am so excited to get my hands on this book. The kids in my life love science and hands on fun. This is sure to be the biggest hit of the Summer at our house! My sister is a teacher so I will get her a copy too!

  90. Leah Hanson says

    I love Rachelle’s blog–it’s one I go back to again and again for great ideas on nurturing creativity in children. I can only imagine that the book is amazing!!

  91. Shellii says

    I ansolutely love the idea of this book. I am definitely getting this one. My 4 year old grandson has been needing something to occupy his mind and hands this will sure do the trick.

  92. says

    Love it! I teach a science outreach class for younger kids, and this is the sort of stuff we do (motto: “it’s okay to fail.”). I’d love to get some new ideas into the mix.

  93. Heather Southwood says

    Ooo! Sometimes tired mummy needs a bit of inspiration for activities to engage sir feisty curious preschooler, so she can slump on the couch and feed the baby…this is definite going on santa’s list! :)

  94. Britt says

    I love the creative ideas of Tinkerlab and would love a copy of this great book of ideas & inspiration.

  95. Valerie says

    I just bought the Artful Parent book and we LOVE IT!!! I would love to have the Tinkerlab book as well. Everyday I check the facebook pages to get more awesome ideas but having the book would be twice as nice.

  96. Jennifer A says

    I would love a chance to win! I have 5 kids ages 7,6,4,2,1 and am in need of this book! I really need some help in the fun creative department for my kids. Thanks!

  97. Heather says

    This book sounds like it would be a great resource for my two boys! I’m going to order it now and if I end up winning it I would love to give it to a friend :]

  98. Kathie Prout says

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas on facebook and your blog. Also for the chance to win this book for hours of creating/learning with my four year old grandson Isaac. He loves “tinkering” and making things and is always so proud of himself during and at the finished project!!!

  99. karin heyneke says

    Im not sure if i would like the book for my son,my artclass or just plain for myselve.

  100. says

    my 8 year old daughter is soooo intrigued by how things work! she was brushing her teeth last night and wanted to understand the workings of the toilet better :) She would love this book!!

  101. Jamie K. says

    Just had this book out from the library and would love to have my own copy to use every day. Awesome!

  102. LM says

    This looks like a really neat book! I know a five year old who would have fun with it this summer. :) And now I have a new blog to read, too, so thanks for the link!

  103. Heather Hensley says

    What a wonderful book! I placed it on our Amazon wishlist, so if we don’t win we will still be able to add it to our library!

  104. Marcie says

    This book looks wonderful! I would love to add it to my collection for a fun summer with the kids!

  105. Stephanie says

    A great outlet for my son who is acquiring his dad’s ‘tinkering tendencies’!

  106. Jodie - mum of 2 says

    This resource would be fabulous to fill the winter days of our school holiday coming up in a couple of weeks!

  107. Jenny says

    My 8yo is already asking about the projects we’ll do this summer. This book will be a great jumping off point for that talk!

  108. Kathy says

    Always looking for good ideas for my class and you often supply them. Eager to read this book.

  109. Monika Kelly says

    I can see this book would be perfect to involve both of my daughters who are 10 years apart. The older one would love to play with her little sister but often runs out of ideas what to do. And even though she’s older than recommended age, I know she would enjoy it too.

  110. Anna Owen says

    I would love a copy of this book! I am passionate about inspiring wonder and creativity in the minds of little ones!

  111. says

    Thank you so much for this giveaway Jean! I’m beyond thrilled to receive this book and start tinkering with my daughters!