Maker Faire when it came to town last month, but unfortunately we had family obligations.
Speaking of family, I have fond memories of my Pap Pap and his barn/woodshop filled with all kinds of interesting and odd items that he used in carpentry and other projects. It was always fascinating imagining what some of those items might be used for. An old bicycle seat? It could have make a fantastic head for a garden sculpture.
Though we don't have an extensive collection of oddities like my Pap Pap, I wanted to make a little tinkering kit that Soren would hopefully use for his own projects and creations.
I bought a toolbox online and decorated it with stickers I picked up at the Dollar Tree.
I also added a hand drill and drill bits, which is a safer way for him to make holes in wood and other materials (hopefully no furniture!).
Here's a list of some of the items to get you started on putting together a tinkering box for kids
- twine, jute or other strings with a variety of thicknesses
- zip ties
- binder clips
- hand drill and bits
- tape measure
- bungee cords
- tapes of various weights and sizes (masking, invisible tape, duct tape)
- plastic caps from bottles
- balsa wood pieces
And as for the box, you could get a fancy, sturdy tool box or just use a plastic tote, canvas bag, shoe box or other storage container. The point is to have a go-to place for your child to find materials when inspiration calls. I have hope that this tinkering kit will help my son re-imagine and remake his world!