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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Plastics and Metals

We will continue the STEAM 101 materials theme by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: plastics and metals.

Hands-on Activities

Compare, contrast and combine Museum Plaza
Discover why some useful objects are made of plastic versus metal and others are made with both materials.

Crafting with metal and plasticMuseum Plaza
Make a seasonal craft that combines metal and plastic.

What can you make with metal and plastic?Dymaxion House, Edison 2 (located
behind Lamy’s Diner), Driving America (race car section)

Explore these artifacts to discover which innovative objects can be made when you combine metal and plastic, and collect your plastic foam sticker prize.

Inspiring storiesUnder the DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your tinkering tot. What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.

Artifact of the Day

Lionel train displayNext to the Allegheny Locomotive
Model trains were originally made from poured tin or other metal. After plastic was developed, model train makers began to incorporate plastic into their products as a  flexible and lightweight material that was combined with metal wheels, engines and other parts.

Next Month

Exploring Glass and Metal
Explore some bright ideas as we compare, contrast and combine glass and metal.

Ticket Prices

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

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $20.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $22.00
Youth (3-11) Free $16.50
Children (2 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.


November Program Map (PDF)