PNC Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • February 10, March 9, April 13 (Second Monday of each Month)
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

BUY TICKETS
View Pricing
Presented by

Learn More

Tactile Learning. Encourage tiny hands to touch, twist and crinkle with age-appropriate activities created to build a foundation for lifelong, hands-on exploring and making. Compare, contrast and combine new materials each month in a screen-free environment where caregivers and tots collaborate on a pre-engineering journey that crosses curricula.

Hands-on Making. What does a brush sound like as it moves across paper? How does sand feel between fingers? Try out kid-scale crafts designed to support development of motor skills and creative thinking.

Exploring Artifacts. Take a kid’s-eye look at hidden gems in the museum and village to uncover surprising connections between materials and artifacts. Dig deeper with guidance from our experts and special guests to find the unexpected right before your eyes.

Inspiring Stories. Tame the wiggles and squirms with big ideas. How can we learn from others? How can we conquer a fear? Boost creative thinking and language development with stories chosen to inspire big dreams.

PNC Tinkering for Tots activities are based in material science using the frame of “compare, contrast and combine” with innovation learning through the habits of Model I, The Henry Ford’s innovation learning framework.

Five core activities combine to achieve a number of national standards for preschool curriculum as defined by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. 

 

 

Featured Events:


February 10: Plastic and Fabric

This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials theme as we explore the properties and uses of plastic and fabric. Join us as we investigate, make and search for artifacts made when combining these two materials.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine- Museum Plaza
    - Review the previously explored basics of plastic and fabric, and discover what can be made when they are combined
  2. Crafting with Plastic and Fabric - Museum Plaza 
    - Create a valentine craft with plastic and fabric.
  3. Exploring What Can Be Made When We Combine Materials - Driving America
    -Visit the child safety seats located in front of the Texaco Station to see how plastic and fabric are combined for comfort and safety. Receive a sticker when you visit.
Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza under DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Amazing Airplanes by Tom Mitton, and What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Artifact of the Day
Bert and Ernie Puppets – Bert and Ernie are made of plastic and fabric and were built by Don Sahlin from a simple design scribbled by Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. Initially, Henson performed Bert and Frank Oz performed Ernie, but after just one day of rehearsal, they switched characters. The original idea was to show that even though two people can have totally different characteristics, they can still be good friends. According to writer Jon Stone, the relationship between Bert and Ernie reflected the real-life friendship between Henson and Oz.


March 9: Wood and Metal

This month, we continue our exploration of materials in STEAM 101. We will take a fresh look at two materials we examined previously, wood and metal, to discover how these materials compare, contrast and combine to make innovative objects in our daily lives.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine - Museum Plaza
    - Explore how wood and metal are used and what happens when you combine the two materials. 
  2. Crafting with Wood and Metal - Museum Plaza
    - Turn a useful wood and metal object into something beautiful with this creative make activity.
  3. Exploring What Can Be Made When We Combine Materials - Plows In front of Agriculture exhibit & Hand Tools Made in America – Power
    - Discover why plows and tools are made by combining wood and metal. Collect a sticker at each location
Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza under DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s stories include World of Farming: Farm Machines by Nancy Dickmann and Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo

Artifact of the Day
Water and Wind Mills – Man learned long ago to harness the power of wind and water. Two types of wheels were created that were made of wood and metal. Explore these creations and discover how these innovative designs helped people make wind and water work for them. 

April 13: Wood, Metal, and Fabric

This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials theme by exploring the awesome innovations that are made when you combine wood, metal and fabric.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine - Museum Plaza
    - Review the previously explored basics of wood, metal and fabric, and discover what can be made when they are combined. 
  2. Crafting with Wood, Metal and Fabric - Museum Plaza
    - Create a clothespin doll with wood, metal and fabric. 
  3. Exploring What Can Be Made When We Combine Many Materials - Sikorsky Helicopter Heroes of the Sky & Ford’s Quadricycle Driving America 
    - Explore Sikorsky’s early helicopter and Henry Ford’s first car to see how they combined wood, metal and fabric to make vehicles that move.
    - Compare how wood, metal and fabric are used in the construction of the helicopter and automobile. Are these materials used for the fuselage (body of the plane) or body of the car or the mechanical parts? 
Inspiring Stories - Museum Plaza under DC-3 Airplane
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade, and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Artifact of the Day
Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Passenger Coach Replica – This coach replicates a typical passenger car used on American railroads circa 1860. Its varnished interior surfaces resisted dirt and stains, while its mohair-covered seats stood up to heavy use. 

Future Themes:

May: Exploring Glass, Metal and Wood   


Ticket Prices

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

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $22.50
General Admission (12-61) Free $25.00
Youth (5-11) Free $18.75
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.