Tinkering for Tots
Inspire big dreams from your little innovators.
Little learners get a head full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with our hands-on program. Designed for curious preschoolers, our inspired yet playful activities focus on themed materials and then expand outward with storytelling, crafting, building and artifact exploration.
Plastics and Metals
We will continue the STEAM 101 materials theme by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: plastics and metals.
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 plastic - Museum 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 stories - Under 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 display - Next 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Model trains were originally made from poured tin or other metal.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.
Exploring Glass and Metal
Explore some bright ideas as we compare, contrast and combine glass and metal.
Ticket PricesParking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
|General Admission (12-61)||Free||$22.00|
|Children (2 & Under)||Free||Free|
* Ticket prices are subject to change.