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From the time kids start crawling, their world is quickly bounded by rules. And, don’t get me wrong rules are great. I love rules, but sometimes kids need the opportunity to just create.
Full-fledged, no rules — just using their imaginations to make something amazing kind of creating. I mean — that’s what inventors do, right? They take a general idea and turn it into something new and innovated.
I believe every child deserve that opportunity.
Plus, we all know they would love throwing the rule book out the window and now they have the chance with Tinkering Labs.
A Little About Tinkering Labs
After having such great success with tinkering schools and camps, Matt Brocchini decided to bring the love of tinkering to our homes and schools. He created a really neat Robotics STEM Kit called Electric Motors Catalyst.
In this DIY kit, you are given 50+ parts, two electric motors, wood wheels & connectors, and hardware so you can create your very own fun robotic creations.
And, the best part?
There are no instructions!
After all, there’s no right way to tinker. However, they do give some helpful techniques and examples to get you started.
Instead of giving you a rule book, this STEM kit gives you a set of 10 challenge cards. Each card gives you an idea of something to make like ‘Build a machine that draws curvy lines.’ or ‘Create a vehicle with a suspension system’.
And, literally, that’s all the cards have on them. It’s totally up to your child to use their minds and create these inventions however they see fit.
But, to help you out, the resource book gives you three examples so you can see how all the pieces go together.
Here are two of the example:
Challenge #3 Build a Machine that Draws Curvy Lines
In Challenge 3, the goal was to build something that draws curvy lines and that’s just what we built. The resource example gives you basic instructions of what you will need and how to make it.
The guide does not have a lot of detail and that is on purpose. They want you to actually think and in the process come up with your own unique take on this project.
It was fun trying to figure out how to place the marker just right so it would actually draw a circle. And, that’s half the fun — figuring things out, right?
Challenge #10 Create a Vehicle with a Suspension System
My son practically made this car all by himself! I just gave him the example book and he went to town.
He seemed to love the whole concept of this STEM kit. When he was younger he was very much a lego kid, but he outgrew that.
I’m so glad he has something a little more ‘grown-up’ to tinker with now.
Even the cats were really intrigued by this vehicle creation. They were chasing it everywhere and we totally had a blast watching them.
This invention even accidentally flew down the stairs and the only part that came undone was the wires. It was easily fixed and back running in a flash.
We love that this Electric Motors Catalyst kit gives kids endless hours of thinking and fun. Once you are done making something, just take it apart and create something brand new. Nothing is better than that especially from a parent’s perspective!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.