Tinkering For Tots

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The Henry Ford says
Inspire big dreams from your little innovators.

Little learners get a head full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with our hands-on program. Designed for curious preschoolers, our inspired yet playful activities focus on themed materials and then expand outward with storytelling, crafting, building and artifact exploration.

June's Theme: From Sand to Glass
Learn how sand turns into glass. Marvel at the technique of blowing glass into objects in the Glass Shop. Be inspired as you visit Edison’s Glass Shop and the Heinz House to explore the importance of glass in their innovations. Search for glass marbles in the sand and make a “stained-glass” creation out of colored sand to take home.

Hands-on Activities
How do you make glass objects from sand? - Glass Shop
Explore the formula for turning sand into glass and see the tools used during this fascinating process.

How versatile is glass? - Mattox House & Heinz House
Glass has been useful for businesses and in our homes. Visit the Heinz House to see how glass jars were used to show off how pure preserved food could be. Stop in the Mattox farm to find out how home cooks also preserved food in canning jars. How do you use glass in your home?

Sifting through sand - Porch at Liberty Craftworks Store
Search for glass marbles hidden within a pool of sand. Uncover a piece to claim your prize.

Create a “Stained Glass” Piece of Sand Art - Porch at the Liberty Craftworks Store

Discover how different materials are added to sand to make colored glass. Make your own stained glass style picture using colored sand.

Inspiring Stories - Next to Heinz House
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today we focus on Artist Ted by Andrea Beaty.

Artifact of the Day
Glass House at Edison’s Menlo Park Complex
Edison and his team needed glass blown not just for his famous light bulb experiments but also for laboratory equipment used in the discovery process. This building was originally used as a photographic studio and drafting office before it became Edison’s glass blowing building.

Tinkering for Tots is free for members of The Henry Ford or included with paid admission to Greenfield Village.
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