"She ventured to hope he did not always read only poetry..."
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
N. received several months of a Tinker Crate subscription for Christmas from his grandparents and he's really enjoyed it. He especially liked last month's kit, which was all about hydraulics. He experimented with various configurations of the syringes and tubing. I've been impressed with the construction of the kits: they begin with a basic project, and then suggest several modifications to make the kit more open-ended. The projects are structured to encourage tinkering, not merely following directions.
Building an automatic drawing machine
Though we have quite a few educational science/engineering kits, such as SnapCircuits, and Lego Crazy Action Contraptions, along with chemistry and physics sets, the Tinker Crates have been more successful with N. for both learning and play. Partly I think this is because they arrive in the mail and get his attention, unlike a box that sits on a shelf for months (or years!). I've talked before about the learning power of the fortuitous moment; when something piques our curiosity, we are primed to learn more.