Explore Tinkering is a colourful resource for children… We hope that you enjoy watching our film, a [moving] picture is worth a thousand words they say. Find out more by using the menu above, and be sure to check the blog below to see what other crafty inventor’s have been creating.


Every time we do this it’s surprising. Familiar, full boxes become new wonders, never the same thing tinkered twice.

But wherevever we happen to be certain patterns inevitably emerge: Grids, mandalas, polka dots, zig-zags, repetitions, stars and startling symmetries.

Is it the nature of the materials? Something deeper inside the Tinkering mind? A little bit of both perhaps.

Tagged ,

From this, to this, to that

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We are always amazed and encouraged by what the children invent and make, but sometimes we forget the transformation that takes place.  In just 15 minutes, an empty space can become a magical place with tinkering potential, where worlds within worlds are created and children and staff alike, explore the wonder of tinkering.

Porchester School – Nottingham

It really got my imagination going wild and free and when something fell down we just thought of a new idea to build. Julie, age 7

We had a wonderful day of tinkering recently, with 3 inventive classes at Porchester school. What was particularly inspiring for us was that the staff were as enthusiastic as the children! We left the school buzzing with ideas about how to take tinkering further.

Take a look at what the school made of the day on their news page here.

I observed children that are normally reserved come out of themselves, communicating with other children and adults. Gaining social and creative skills has been invaluable and the ‘tinkering’ experience has been absolutely amazing. Teacher, years 3/4

Hazel Oak School – Birmingham

‘Our Key Stage 3 pupils were treated to a creative and multi-sensory experience, where they were able to “tinker” with a vast range of materials. The supportive and calm environment encouraged their confidence when building, creating and playing with the interesting, everyday and unusual resources’. Class Teacher.

It’s like architecture

It's like  architecture

A shifting group of tinkerers at Fernwood infant school talk about their shared invention, a wonderful construction: Part castle, part laboratory, part rocket. Perhaps they might build their own house one day.

It’s like architecture!

Someone shouts out.

Fernwood Infants

Three intensely inventive, magical days. Twelve classes and never the same thing tinkered twice.

Perseverance, focus, independence, undirected collaboration.
Class teacher

Marble Run – East Bridgford Festival

What better way to spend a sunny June day, than making marvelous machines for moving marbles? The good folk at the East Bridgford Show worked with us to build fantastically imaginative contraptions with the sole purpose of getting a small silver ball from one end of the field to another.

As well as the usual assortment of materials, we threw guttering, wheels, saws, rope, pallets, hammers and nails into the mix. It was a totally different experience to our tinkering sessions, but still with the same buzz of imagination and building.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.