At Maker Ed, we define tinkering as a “playful celebration of discovery” (p. 44, Youth Makerspace Playbook). There are many ways to tinker, and we love tinkering through play, exploration, inquiry, prototyping, and iterating. Exploring materials is a fun way to make.
Read this blog post on using familiar materials in unfamiliar ways, from The Tinkering Studio’s Lianna Kali. In the spirit of The Tinkering Studio and their love of cardboard, see how you can use cardboard in an unfamiliar manner. If cardboard isn’t available, pick four letters from the alphabet and find random materials to tinker with that begin with those four letters.