A review of the awesome book Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be next up on the blog book tour for Rachelle Doorley’s new and wonderful book, Tinkerlab! This book is much anticipated and we have all been desperate to get our hands on a copy ever since she announced that she had first signed her book contract! Rachelle is a dear blogging friend and we have known each other many years through this creative online space. I couldn’t be happier that she has finally put her expertise, ideas and experience into a book for easy reference and inspiration.
Firstly, if you are not yet familiar with the Tinkerlab blog you are in for a real treat. Rachelle is an arts and museum educator with a rich background in creative thinking. Her first book, Tinkerlab: A hand on guide for little inventors, is every bit as wonderful as her blog and offers readers an easy to pick up format, as well as a great context for all of the ideas and activities that she suggests we all try.
In the book, she gives a great introduction as to why creativity and experimenting with children is SO crucial to their intellectual development, and how only through these hands on investigations can they grow into adults with the power to think critically and imaginatively. You want to learn how to build computers one day? Start with taking one apart and examining the component parts now!
After setting the context and need for such an approach, she sets forth a treasure trove of handy tips and hints, from how to set up a creative space and where to purchase your materials , to the most useful types of open-ended questioning to promote the best thinking from your child. It’s all at once entirely practical and useful, as well as being inspiringly creative! That’s quite a hard thing to achieve in a piece of writing, but Rachelle manages it effortlessly.
The 55 experiments and creative activities are set out in a really easy to use and follow format, with a supply list and set of instructions accompanying every (beautifully photographed) page.
My three girls have wrestled each other over this book already and have asked to make or do nearly every single project that they have seen in it so far, so we have a busy summer schedule ahead of us! I love how most things are adaptable for a range of ages and will teach and inspire them on so many different levels. The drawing machine, which combines technology and creativity (pictured above) is absolute genius, and high up on our list of ideas to get started with!
So, where can you get yourself a copy of this fantastic book?! It is available to pre-order from Amazon here: Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors (UK and AUS readers)
and from the following list of suppliers here (US readers):
I truly hope you’ll be motivated to reading some more reviews, visiting Rachelle’s Tinkerlab blog itself, and to getting your own copy asap!
And good news for all readers of The Imagination Tree! I am giving away one copy for FREE to anyone living in the UK, US, AUS or Canada.
**To enter, simply leave a comment below, making sure you use a valid email address in the comment form so that I can let you know if you have won! [The giveaway close on JUNE 30 at 11:59pm GMT and is open only to entrants from the countries listed above.]** This giveaway is now closed.
The winner is: Ann Sweet