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The Poetry of Science

Time for Tinkering

Science and Children—February 2020 (Volume 57, Issue 6)

By Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

Take 5!

Tinker Time


by Janet Wong

In Grandpa’s basement you can find
gears and wheels and wire and twine,

lots of nuts and bolts and hooks
and one whole shelf of build-it books.

If we need help during Tinker Time,
we go to the computer and look online.

What will we build when we’re all done?
We don’t know yet—that’s half the fun!

Poem © 2014 Janet Wong from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong © 2014 Pomelo Books; illustration by Frank Ramspott from The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids © 2015 Pomelo Books.


Stewart, M. 2013. Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore. New York: Potter Craft. 


“Hands” by Kate Coombs

Janet Wong, Website of author

“Young and Old Together / Jovenes y viejos juntos” by Margarita Engle


Wong J. 2014. “Tinker Time” in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, eds. Vardell S. and Wong J., 56. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.

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