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These Tinkering Studio projects encourage you to “think with your hands” using items you already have around the house. See all Tinkering Studio projects.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Wood and wire kinetic sculptures that animate a character or scene when the handle is turned.
Create striking images and illusions using nothing more than a camera, a light source, and a little practice.
Make a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace its path.
Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? You’ll make some exciting and surprising discoveries!
Learn how you too can enjoy our activities in your kitchen, garage, classroom, and community.
A behind the scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring
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