PNC Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • Second Monday of each Month (November - April)
  • Time: 10am - noon

Free with Museum admission.

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November 12: Engineering 101

November continues the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking exploring what awesome innovations are made when you combine wood, metal, and fabric.

Hands-on Activities

Compare, Contrast and Combine - Museum Plaza
Review the basics of wood, metal and fabric. Discover what can be made when they are combined. 

Crafting - Museum Plaza
Create a cleaver craft with wood, metal, and fabric.

Exploring Combinations - Heroes of the Sky: 1903 Wright Flyer, 1917 Curtiss JN-4 Canuck and 1925 Fokker Josephine Ford; Driving America: Henry Ford’s Quadricycle 
Compare how wood, metal and fabric are used in the construction of the Wright Flyer and these other innovative machines. Are these materials used for the fuselage (body of the plane), the wings or the mechanical parts?  

Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza under the DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton and The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade. 

Special Guest - The U.S. Forest Service - Visit the USFS display to learn about the many uses for wood. 

Artifact of the Day: The Ross Chariot  - Next to the Lionel Train layout
The Ross Chariot was built by William Ross of New York City in 1797. The use of wood, metal and fabric was slightly different from how those materials were used in the construction of the three airplanes you visited today. Note the decorative metal trim, the wood and metal wheels, and the beautiful fabric upholstery of this handsome horse-drawn vehicle.

December 10: Engineering 101

This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials theme by exploring awesome innovations made when various materials are combined.

Hands-on Activities

Compare, Contrast and Combine - Museum Plaza
Review the basics of wood, metal, plastic, glass, rubber, fabric and natural fibers. Discover what can be made with different combinations of these materials.  

Crafting - Museum Plaza
Build and play with a combination of materials.

Exploring Combinations  - Fully Furnished: Eames Rocker; Made in America-Power: Glass Ribbon; Your Place in Time: Overland Automobile
Explore the materials used to make a modern rocking chair, a machine that makes light bulbs and the Overland car. Collect a sticker at each stop.  

Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza under the DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Michael’s Racing Machine by Lawrence F. Lowery and What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada.

Artifact of the Day: The Wienermobile - Near American Dog House 

The Wienermobile was built in 1952 as a way to advertise Oscar Mayer hot dogs. This cool vehicle is made of plastic, metal, rubber and glass. Check out how these materials go into making a giant hot dog as well as a rubbing souvenir. 

January 14: Engineering 101

This month, as part of our Engineering 101 theme, we will explore metals, their uses and what makes them so useful. 

Hands-on Activities

Let’s Learn About Metals - Many kinds of metals are found deep in the ground around us. Nails, cans and pots and pans are just a few of the items made of metal that we use every day. Metals can be used in many ways, for work and for play. Today, we’ll investigate how we use metals and work with them to create some fun of our own. 

How Hard is Metal? - Railroads: Allegheny Locomotive; Made in America-Manufacturing: Build a Model T; Dymaxion House
Visit these objects to explore the different kinds of metal used to make them and why each kind was so important. 

Fun Facts About Metal - Museum Plaza
Explore where metal comes from, what you can make with it and why magnets only stick to certain metals. 

What Can You Make with Metal - Museum Plaza
Punch and etch your own metal art.

Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza Under DC-3 Airplane 
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s stories include What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn M. Branley and What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kodi Yamada.

Artifact of the Day: 1928 Ford Tri-Motor, the Floyd Bennett - Heroes of the Sky  

Ford built this all-metal airplane with corrugated metal, which gave it more strength than plain sheet metal. Touch the sample of it in the display panel. Other aircraft had been constructed of wood, fabric and metal, so the design of this plane was innovative.


Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $21.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $23.00
Youth (5-11) Free $17.25
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

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November - January Program (PDF)