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Tinkerlab :: A Creative Thinking Book for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
June 10, 2014
Tinkerlab -- The Book by Rachelle Doorley

I 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

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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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