DesignTinkers recognize the child's unique ways of seeing the world. We want them to be inquisitive of what works and what does not in their environment and to instill critical thinking at an early age. By exposing children to design concepts, principles and aesthetics, we introduce the design process as a methodology to problem solve and encourage our young ones to be creative in finding solutions.
DesignTinkers provide fun and nurturing camps and workshops across various disciplines in Art, Design & Architecture. Our programmes are designed to pique curiosity, prompt inquiries, challenge norms and to test ideas to get to unique outcomes through a design process.
Past and ongoing camps and workshops centred around hands-on design and make experience for children, either in a group or individual project settings.
“My child likes the workshop and he would like to attempt a bigger project at the 5 days workshop next holiday.”
“He really enjoyed the Design an Eco-Home camp and is actually looking forward to the next camp. I personally think it's such a brilliant idea and a great way to express their creativity at the same time. Well done!”
“My girl had a great time and learnt so much. It’s brilliant!”
“My daughter is really satisfied with the end product she designed. We look forward to the next workshop with DesignTinkers.”
“My 7.5yo thoroughly enjoyed her 2-day camp with Design Tinkers building her eco-home and learning more about sustainability, recycling, clean energy & rainwater harvesting. It’s an interesting and fun way to introduce these concepts to the kids early on! ”
“My son enjoyed the camp very much and we will be looking forward to future camps! ”
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“Thank you for the great camp filled with so many discoveries! Kids are so thrilled and my child seems to have found something that he wants to go deeper into!”
“The kids had a lot of fun and enjoyed themselves thoroughly! Thank you so much! Will definitely consider DesignTinkers for future camps!”
“My kids of 6 and 8 years old came home beaming with pride by all the fun stuff they did, although they were skeptical before class. They were so proud of the model of their houses !”
“Thank you for organizing such a great holiday programme. It really got my daughter to think outside the box and to apply creativity skills outside her normal school activities. She enjoyed being able to work with her friends to share ideas and learn from each other. She is already asking for more camps like this to attend during the next holiday!”
“Thank you DesignTinkers for this workshop! My son loves it so much. It's totally mind-blowing what the kids had achieved in the 5 half-day camp. It's a refreshing camp as kids learnt about design and get creative through hands-on exploration, much different from the mainstream camps. I love the idea of weaving in the design innovation process in your workshops.”
“My son and daughter, 8 and 10 years old both enjoyed themselves at the 2-day camp in Sept 2021. They loved the hands-on activities very much and the teachers are very caring ! Thank you DesignTinkers !”
“My kids (9 years old and 7 years old) attended DesignTinkers' 3-day 'Design A Home Workshop' and loved it! What I like most about the workshop is that my kids were able to learn essential steps of the design process in an age-appropriate and fun way. They enjoyed the projects and were excited to share with me after each class about how they worked with their teammates. I highly recommend this workshop!”
“I highly recommend DesignTinker’s programs. My 10 year old son did 3 days last week and loved it. He came home every night thrilled!”
“My son loved the 4-day workshop with DesignTinkers. He was initially shy and worried about what would be expected from him. Teacher Tatiana and Teacher Tess were both very accommodating and patient in class. The workshop enabled my son to maximise his creativity with limited resources as he learnt to use his imagination to problem solve and pushed beyond his limitation. My son had an amazing learning experience at DesignTinkers’ workshop!”
“Thank you DesignTinkers for the workshop! Both my girls really enjoyed the new experience. This is their first exposure to hands-on design & build and they are already looking forward to attending the next workshop! It was great for them to get creative through hands-on exploration, different from their usual school curriculum.”
An educator, an architect, a data analyst, experimental parents with varied interests in art, culture, language and design. We value diversity, innovation, preservation and sustainability.
Tessa received her BA in Architecture degree from RMIT University and is a registered Architect (ARBV) with professional practice experience across Australia and Singapore. In 2010, Tessa embarked on her Architectural teaching journey and have since developed a passion and keen interest to work with teens and children.
Tessa is a mother of a 9 year old girl and during her daughter’s early formative years of learning, Tessa was actively exploring fun, creative and alternative methods to teach, share and engage her; focussing largely on hands-on creative problem-solving activities in art, design and technology. Tessa and her family have relocated back to Singapore for work after living in London, UK since 2016. Tessa has collaborated with London based Creative Learning Experience and developed a Design + Architecture after-school club program. She also co-designed a public event for Open House Families organised by Open City London, UK.
Extending her knowledge and experience, Tessa co-founded DesignTinkers to provide a fun and nurturing space for the young; to promote creativity and critical thinking through exploring design ideas and solutions via hands-on making and creating.
Esther started out in the corporate world as a market and consumer insight analyst for most part of her career and she had a short stint with the National Arts Council. Esther started a family and has a young child in elementary school, and she has since been actively engaged in activities that involve children’s development. In her free time, she picked up a foreign language and speaks it fluently.
Esther values very much the benefits of art education for children and aspires to provide an avenue for children to express their creativity in thinking, imagining and exploring. She believes that a child’s eagerness to design, make art and showcase their creations reinforces a child’s sense of achievement at an early age which builds great self-esteem in kids to take pride in their work.
Esther constantly scours for fun programs to help grow a child’s artistic confidence and this steadfastly led to co-founding DesignTinkers; to expand the vision of unlocking each child’s innate creativity through exploratory play.
21 Apr 2022
DesignTinkers expose children to design ideas, concepts and aesthetics...
01 Dec 2021
Catch DesignTinkers at Singapore Swimming Club on 30 Nov, 2-3 Dec! We are looking forward to more fun-filled building and making with SSC kids this week! Kids will be in for great fun at our 1-day workshop to build mini shelters and a bamboo A frame/ Teepee tents. For our 2-day workshop, kids will get full immersed to design and construct an architectural model of their own designed home. We promise it will be a truly memorable and fulfilling experience for the kids! :)
01 Dec 2021
Catch DesignTinkers at Chinese Swimming Club on 3 Dec!
27 Oct 2021
Check out our full listings of Year-End Holiday Workshops on Little Day Out!
15 Sep 2021
Stay tune for the launch of our upcoming 2-Day Holiday Workshop on 14 & 15 October in collaboration with renown Peranakan Museum Owner and Collector, Mr Alvin Yapp from The Intan.
At DesignTinkers, we create engaging programmes that make learning fun for children from all backgrounds. Our goal is to help develop the next generation of creative thinkers who can solve problems with innovative solutions. We can curate co-curricular programmes, enrichment courses and holiday programmes for your students. Let us know what you need and we will work together to create a programme tailored just for your school.
DesignTinkers are always open to collaborations to connect different fields of knowledge and to test new ideas. We believe in development of new ideas and innovations through synergetic collaborations, leveraging on every creative mindsets, interests and expertise combined. Let’s kickstart to seed an idea together by connecting with us now!