Tinkering is a critical concept for teachers. It is part of problem solving, so it is good for the brain. It leads to a sense of satisfaction for having figured out how to do something. It makes a limited set of materials into something potentially unlimited. it keeps us away from excessive consumerism and the belief that if Walmart doesn't sell it, then I can't have it.

One of the first videos we found was Gever Tulley's Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do:

Here is a comic on Tulley's Tinkering School

One of our favorite websites for tinkering is:

Here are a couple of other tinkering-related things.

Build your own roller coaster:

Cardboard Box video: