Tinkering Offers Valuable Skills
Tonight we focused on the creativity, curiosity and confidence that comes when children are free to “make” their ideas come to life in 3-D. The “Makers’ Movement” encourages children to create using self directed, innovative ideas that solve a real world problem or showcase a new way of thinking. Making has no rules and can use very simple materials. Tinkering is thinking with your hands and learning through doing. It’s slowing down and getting curious about the mechanics and mysteries of the everyday stuff around you. When children tinker with things, they discover new uses for uncommon objects, think out of the box and grow as learners and problem solvers.
Children thrive when they have the opportunity to learn by doing. When a child has a chance to activate their creativity, their self-confidence grows. Through tinkering, kids can learn that failure is a great option. Even when you don’t succeed in what you set out to do, you learn from your “failures” and will be able to make something even better in the future.