1. Launch a Water RocketKC Edventures features a tutorial for a simple water rocket powered by a water hose – an excellent way to get wet this summer.
2. Construct with PVC PipesWe have never built with PVC pipes yet, but I think this Where Is My Water? PVC project from Rubberboots and Elf Shoes looks like a lot of fun!
3. Build a Boat that FloatsDesigning a boat that can float and hold a Playmobil person was our project from last fall, but I want to do it again this summer allowing more time for testing different ideas.
4. Build a RobotI wanted to build a robot ever since we came back from The Maker’s Faire, but so far we haven’t had time. I am sure my daughter will have a lot of fun with it. I’ve seen several basic mini robot tutorials, but I love that Red Ted Art made hers “pretty” and inspired an older neighbor to make his own too!
5. Make Squishy CircuitsAnother project that involves a battery. I heard about conductive play dough, but it never occurred to me that we can make our own conductive and insulator play dough. I read a post from stlMotherhood, and now squishy circuits is on my to-do list.
6. Make a Marble RunBuggy and Buddy put together a great round up of DIY marble runs and mazes. Each of them would make a great tinkering project, especially a reconfigurable maze like the one made out of Lego.
More Tinkering Projects for KidsCheck out my 12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids (with a cash giveaway!)
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