PNC Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • November 11, December 9, January 13 (Second Monday of each Month)
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

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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:


November 11: Plastics and Metals

This month, as we head into Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, we’ll continue the Engineering 101 materials theme by taking a look at two previously explored materials: plastics and metals. We will explore how they are made or found. We’ll compare their properties and see what useful items can be created by combining these two materials.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine- Museum Plaza
    - Explore how plastics and metals are used and what happens when you combine them.
  2. Crafting with plastic and metal - Museum Plaza 
    - Create a colorful treasure using plastic and metal.  
  3. What can be made with plastic and metal? - Your Place in Time
    - Explore the museum to investigate objects made of plastic and metal. Collect stickers as you find plastic and metal artifacts.
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 What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.

Artifact of the Day
Eames Chair – Charles and Ray Eames experimented with various materials to make furniture. A metal frame provided strength, and a seat molded of a plastic compound created a lightweight but study chair that was also comfortable and inexpensive.

December 9: Wood and Fabric

This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials theme by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: wood and fabric. We will compare them and see what can be made when they are combined.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine - Museum Plaza
    - Explore where wood and fabric come from and their many uses, both individually and when they are combined.
  2. What can be made with wood and fabric? - Wright Flyer in Heroes of the Sky and Furniture exhibit behind Mathematica
    - In Heroes of the Sky, explore how early aviation innovators solved the problem of lift using wood and fabric. Then take a seat in Furniture to think about the benefits of a chair made with these materials. Collect a sticker at each stop.
  3. Crafting - Museum Plaza
    - Craft with wood and fabric to create a fun winter project.
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 If Furniture Could Fly? by Ryan McCutcheon and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.

Artifact of the Day
Gilkie Tent Trailer, circa 1927 – Campers who wanted to get close to nature but not too close loved fold-out tent trailers. These two-wheelers folded down for easy towing by day and then mushroomed into miniature homes at night. Story has it that Warren and Ray Gilkison designed and built their first tent trailer in their father's machine shop for a family camping trip.

January 13: Glass and Metal

This month, we continue the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: glass and Metal materials. We will compare and contrast them and find out how they are often combined.

Hands On Activities:
  1. Compare, contrast and combine - Museum Plaza
    - Let’s review why glass and metal are useful materials. Then we’ll discover what can be made when you combine them.
  2. Crafting with glass and metal - Museum Plaza
    - Create an Edison-inspired craft that you can wear.
  3. What can be made with glass and metal? - Front of the Clockwork aisle near Presidential Cars and front of Texaco Station in Driving America
    - Explore how glass and metal help us tell time and control traffic. Collect a sticker at both stops.
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 Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty and What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada.

Artifact of the Day
Standard Oil Crown Visible Delivery Gasoline Pump, circa 1920 – Before visible gasoline pumps, drivers relied on the accuracy of the pump and the honesty of station owners. Visible pumps, like this example, used a graduated glass cylinder to show customers the quality and quantity of gas being purchase. Glass globes, like the Standard Oil red crown, usually topped the pumps and advertised a company's brand and name.

Future Themes:

February: Exploring Plastic and Fabric
- Discover the many uses of these two materials.


Ticket Prices

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

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $22.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $24.00
Youth (5-11) Free $18.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.