Do you want to build a snowman? …. okay, I promise I won’t break out into the song.
But you can challenge your students’ problem solving and creative thinking skills with these low prep Tinker Tubs.
Preschool STEAM Tinker Tubs
Tinker tubs make it easy to start encouraging students to persevere with open-ended play and exploration.
What is a Tinker Tub?
A tinker tub is a container with provided materials that encourage children to build, create and design.
Tinker tubs give students the opportunity to learn:
- how to persevere
- how to learn from failure and still try again
- how to re-evaluate, redesign and re-think a problem to create a unique and inventive solution.
Step 1: Choose your tub (or box, or bin)
The best thing is you can use boxes, bins, tubs, even a plastic bag or shoebox works.
Step 2: Choose your building materials
Step 3: Let your students tinker.
Tinker tubs may be used individually or as a small group.
You may have to model how to get out the tinker tubs and how to clean up the tub but let your children do their own exploring with the materials.
Challenge cards may be added as a creative prompt to challenge deeper thinking.
Winter Material Suggestions:
Cardboard Rectangles (for ramp ideas)
Mini White Plastic Cups
Shredded White Paper
Mix and match materials to create your own tinker tubs or follow our guide below.
Week 1: Cotton rounds, Cotton swabs, Cotton balls
Week 2: Foam blocks, craft sticks
Week 3: Wooden Blocks, Cotton Balls, Round Gems
Week 4: Mini Plastic Cups
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