Teaching our children to become innovative adults means teaching them to be creative thinkers or design thinkers. Design thinkers consider real-world problems and seek solutions that are often out-of-the-box designs. But, this thinking has to be nurtured. Giving your child the freedom to tinker is the perfect way to get them started on their journey to become future innovators. And, creating a winter time nature tinker kit combines nature study and tinkering.
When children tinker, they build skills that will help them to be successful in later life. Skills like:
- Experimenting and more.
Tinkering isn't just a fun and creative project for the day. It is a foundation to start children on a journey to become creative problem solvers.
Bring Nature Inside with a Nature Tinker Kit
Winter is an excellent time to get out the tinker kits and get to creating. In our region, it is cold and wet. Going outside to play in nature isn't a very good option. So, we need ways to bring nature inside. Thus, the creation of the Winter Time Nature Tinker Kit.
How to Create a Winter Time Nature Tinker Kit
In your basic tinker kit, you will need items like glue, paper clips, nails, a hammer, a measuring tape, pencils, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, ribbon, beads, cording and more. You can start with leftovers from your latest hands-on projects.
A winter nature tinker kit adds some fun items from nature plus some leftover Christmas supplies. We added:
- Acorns, pine cones, feathers, leaves, holly berries, twigs, and stones;
- Leftover Christmas ribbon, glitter, clear ornaments, and garland;
- and Paper snowflakes and snowman cookie cutters.
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All of the above gets tossed into the tinker box (just a plastic storage box with a lid) and Voila! creative play can begin.
How to Use Your Nature Tinker Kit
Tinkering is open-ended. There is no right way to tinker and no prescribed list of instructions. Because we are focusing on nature in this kit, start by going outside and finding items to go into the kit. The kids should look for things that they find interesting or inspiring. Then they should think of how these items might be used in a creation project.
Next, let the kids free play. Don't limit them by giving them a specific set of instructions unless they ask for help.
Have fun creating and making with your new kit and add to it as you finish other projects. You won't be excelling in KonMari, but you will have an awesome tinker kit that your kids will love.
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