This idea of tinkering which the Free Dictionary describes as: "To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair; fiddle" fits so well with the idea of children creating their own problems and solutions. Also it reminds me of the whakatauki that says, "Ta te tamariki tana mahi wawahi tahaa, It is the job of the children to smash the calabash." I think this might be what Guy Claxton is talking about when he said that children want objects to reveal their properties. It was a truly inspirational workshop that discussed not just tinkering but the ways in which teams work thoughtfully together to create a vibrant learning space for children and teachers.
I don't think that teachers can move into creating a tinkering environment of this kind without some wonderful conversations that will stretch their practice. Tinkering requires time and space for children to become deeply engaged in what they are doing. Tinkering also creates mess - what are teacher's view on mess? Tinkering put teachers into uncomfortable places where they are no longer the knower - how does that feel? What can we as teachers learn from these experiences when we don't have all the answers? Do these experiences help us to empathise and understand children's perspective who may feel disempowered by those around them?