About us...


Hi! Thanks for visiting TinkerLab. We're so glad you're here!

You may be wondering if TinkerLab is the right fit for you, and we thought it might help to share a little bit about us and how we got here.


We're designers, makers, and parents, and always knew we wanted to raise our children in a creative environment. We live on a college campus in California with our two girls, rescue dog, and a menagerie of books and art supplies.

As new parents in a search of creative inspiration, we found plenty of done-for-you options like coloring books and step-by-step projects, but these didn't offer room for children to think independently or develop a creative mindset.

We imagined there were more interesting ways to fill long days, while also inspiring creativity, curiosity, and confidence.

So, we put our design and education tools to work and founded TinkerLab in 2010 to help families connect with their children through open-ended art and science prompts that help kids think critically and imaginatively.  

In 2012, Scott wrote Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration and in 2014, Rachelle wrote the best seller, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors

After helping thousands of families through our books, blog, and classes, we created TinkerLab Schoolhouse as a one-stop destination to help families develop a creative habit with engaging art and science prompts that save time.

With the help of Schoolhouse, your child will be creative and active, while making memories to last a lifetime.

Whether you're a homeschooling family or want to tap into the joy of connection through art and science activities, we invite you embark on a creative journey with us today.


Rachelle & Scott

Rachelle Doorley, Author of TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors and Art Startsfounder of TinkerLab, MEd Harvard Arts in Education

Scott Doorley, Author of MakeSpacefurniture, space & exhibit designer; Creative Director at the Stanford d.School, MA Stanford Education Learning Design and Technology

Go beyond coloring pages and watch your child's creativity soar.

We'll do the heavy lifting so you can be a tinkering superstar.