Habits of a life of Making

If I had all the time in the world, my mornings would look like this: 7:00 Morning run 8:00 Meditation 8:15 Make a hot breakfast for my family 9:00 Sing 9:30 Write 10:15 Tinker in my workshop 11:45 Tidy But I have three little kids, a career, friends, the vibrant treasures of Los Angeles...

Book Review: Tinkering by Curt Gabrielson

Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff, from Maker Media, is great for parents or educators who have some experience tinkering and are looking for ideas for projects and advice on improving a tinkering workshop and fostering a culture of exploration. Author Curt Gabrielson draws on his extensive experience as a tinkering teacher at the...

There’s Treasure Everywhere!

I keep finding myself mentally shouting “There’s Treasure Everywhere!” It’s the title of a Calvin and Hobbes book, which like all Calvin and Hobbes, celebrates the explosive power of a child’s imagination. Calvin means it literally, as he digs holes in his backyard, and by Bill Watterson figuratively that the world is full of...

Rosie Revere is an Engineer. But is she a tinkerer?

Andrea Beaty’s Rosie Revere, Engineer is a beloved modern classic children’s book. Rosie is a kid who never stops inventing fantastical machines, such as python-repelling cheese hats. Through the course of the story she overcomes failures, embarrassment, and fear, with a little encouragement from her great-great-aunt Rose, a WWII Rosie the Riveter. It’s a...

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