Okay, so it might be a long time before your young ones graduate from college, but getting them headed in the direction is as simple as having fun with them. This crafty paper gradation cap is perfect for an afternoon of fun with your kids, and it's easy to make. You only need:
A great craft for a rainy day! This project is very simple and only requires some construction paper in various colors (brown, pink, red, orange, purple, yellow and blue), glue, scissors and brown marker. You can add glitter or stickers to the 'frosting' if you want.
Hello! This video is for kids and teens who are bored and/or home alone, I hope you enjoy the video and I hope it helps you find something fun to do!
Here's another fun summertime craft for your budding engineer - make a spinning paper pinwheel or fan! You'll need a C-battery, a toy motor, two soda caps, a popsicle stick, foil paper, copper wire, a small sheet of foam, a sharp pencil, a hot glue gun and some safety scissors.
This is a fun craft for a child of any age, which teaches how to make an octopus out of yarn. All you need besides the yarn is a pair of googly eyes, glue and scissors. And a few decorations, like a pom pom or foam flower, if you want.
This video teaches you a simple and easy way to make corn dollies. For those of you that don't know, corn dollies are the homes for the spirits of corn that have lost their homes during the harvest. The spirits will live in the doll throughout the winter and will be returned to the fields the forthcoming spring. To make these you will need corn husks, Sharpies, a pair of scissors, and ribbons of your desired color. These corn dollies are a fun project for kids and will be sure to help create ...
This entertaining video demonstrates how to make a bottle rocket using tape, paper napkins, Mentos, and Diet Coke or Coke Zero. Try at your own risk! Make a pouch with the paper napkin. Put the Mentos in the pouch and roll the napkin with the Mentos into a tube shape. Open the plastic bottle of Diet Coke or Coke Zero. Place the tube in the top of the bottle, but don't let the Mentos make contact with the soda. Keep the napkin/Mentos tube stuck tightly in the top of the bottle. Re-attach the b...
Teaching your children a few homemade crafts is not only fun for you, but fun for them as well. It's a great way to spark their creativity, and animals are the way to their heart! This video will show you how you and your kids can make a simple paper monkey… a monkey stick puppet. You'll need:
Make Slime! This one is easy. Just mix equal parts of glue and water and then add an equal part of liquid starch. Just like that you have gooey slime. The more you play with it the more fun it becomes. This acclivity causes the polymer chains in the glue to cross link with chemicals in the starch. The result is an awesome stretchy slime.
In this video, Sid the Science Kid shows us how to use a magnifying glass. When you first grab it, look at your hands through the glass, and then your friends! Look at their hands, eyes, skin and explore the world around you. Look around at everything around you and notice if it makes things larger. Look at small insects like roly-polies, to see how they move and how many legs they have. A magnifying glass is a great way to explore science and make little things much bigger. Children should w...
Even though this project seems easy for you, your kids will find it a challenge… a wonderful challenge that will keep them being creative. Their love of animals will keep them wanting more, and this lion stick puppet will give them tons of fun. See how to make the paper lion in this video. The materials needed are:
No child can resist the art of stick puppets, especially when it's a cute, little, cuddly cat. This paper cat stick puppet is perfect for a afternoon of crafts with the kids. There's hardly anything involved in the making of this little kitten head. The materials needed are:
Here's a great way to recycle old socks into clever puppets for your kids! This tutorial shows you how to turn an old green sock into a snake pupet using googly eyes, a bit of red felt, some cardboard, fabric glue and scissors (and some yarn if you want your puppet to have hair).
In this video, we learn how to do tiger face paint in two minutes. This is a simple tiger, so it will be perfect for family outings or something you need done quickly. First, use a sponge and orange paint to paint the middle of the face orange. After this, use a sponge with white paint to make the eyes white and the section underneath the nose white. Now, take your orange paint again and paint the cheeks and chin orange. Use the white paint to make fangs on the lips going down to the chin. Ne...
It's slime time! Get ready to make some sticky, gooey, slippery slime with the A-TV science sleuths.
This is a great way to teach your child about basic shapes and basic animals! All you need are some paper triangles, and maybe a googly eye and a bit of glue! Use four triangles to make the head, tail and fins for your fish!
Get ready to build one of natures great flyers, shown in this how-to video! The butterfly is a smooth and steady flying paper airplane. All you need is a piece of paper to start the fun! Watch this video activity tutorial and learn how to fold a butterfly paper airplane. Make a butterfly paper airplane.
Ever wondered how to make slime? Now you can learn! Make slime just like they use on Nickelodeon for Halloween, pranks, or just to play with! So gather up your ingredients and get cookin'!
Many craft projects for children center around kids making soap. Recipes often call for Soap Flakes and people wonder how that would work. Especially note how only a little water is needed to bind the Soap Flakes together into a dough-like ball.
In this video, we learn how to make a sun catcher with your kids. First, you need laminating paper, two paper hearts, and scissors. First, cut the center of one heart out by sticking your scissors in and making your way around the heart. Next, place the outline of the heart inside of the laminating pouch, then decorate the inside of it how you prefer. You can use whatever you want to decorate the inside, including: glitter, crayon shavings, tissue paper, etc. Next, place the paper inside of a...
Everyone loves cats, for the most part. It would be more accurate to say that everyone loves kittens. No one can resist the cuteness of brand new baby kitty, especially children, which is why kittens and cats make the perfect craft project for kids. In this video, you'll learn how you and your kids can create a googly-eyed paper cat upper on a popsicle stick. It's great for any young child. You'll need:
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to grow plants with Sid the Science Kid. Sid the Science Kid is a half-hour PBS Kids series. To begin, viewers will need a cup filled with soil. Users will be planting a lima bean. Push the lima bean deep into the soil and add some water. Now take the cup and put it at a window sill to receive sunlight. Make sure that you water the plant everyday. Once the plat is too big for the cup, put it into a pot. This video will benefit those young viewers who ...
NASA has invented the T-RAD Device, a.k.a. Goo Gun. Astronauts aboard the STS-120 will test the effectiveness of the pre-ceramic polymer in its ability to repair damaged shuttle tiles. To make connections to the mission, in this video tutorial, Dr. Diana teaches you how to make your own silly putty, also a polymer, at home.
Sure, carbon and oxygen are two of very most fundamental building blocks of all life on Earth — but what have they done for you lately? With this free video guide, you'll learn how to build a safe, simple carbon-dioxide-powered bottle rocket with baking soda and a spent soft plastic waterball.
With just a few things from around the house, you can turn your bedroom into a fortress! Learn how to build a fort in your bedroom for your next sleepover. Forts are fun & materials needed are easy. You will need:
This video is about how to make a puppet dragon out of household items. First, a piece of card stock paper is cut in half the long way. Next, you must take an empty 18-pack egg carton and cut off a strip of egg slots. Using a stapler, the two pieces of paper are connected long ways, with the egg strip stapled on top of it. This forms the body. To make the head, a small cardboard box is stapled to one end. A smaller cardboard box (about half the size of the one already used) is glued on top. F...
This is step-by-step video tutorial on how to make a basic but adorable cat puppet. The kids will have such a good time cutting and gluing the materials to make their very own puppet. The process is very quick and very easy. The materials you will need are: Felt (black, white and yellow), 2 googly eyes, scissors, and fabric glue. First cut out 2 triangles for the ears. Glue the circular edges of a half circle of felt together and glue the ears to it. Glue the eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers, and ...
Friends love it when you make them something special and they'll love the V is for Victory Friendship Bracelet shown in this how-to jewelry-making video! You will need 4 colors of embroidery thread (six feet long), tape, and a ruler. Follow along with this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a victory friendship bracelet. Make a victory friendship bracelet.
The sports fan in your family will definitely appreciate the awesome gift idea from this how-to video! Use some duct tape and stuffing to make this super stadium cushion. Watch this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a stadium seat. Make a stadium seat.
Cute and cuddly! Check out this video to learn how to face paint a teddy bear.
In this video, we learn how to craft a magnet boat with kids. You will need: a paper clip, a small triangle piece of foam, 1 magnet, 1 recycled stick, 1 recycled popsicle stick 1 bead, and a hot glue gun. First, attach the toothpick to the bead, then glue the triangle to the top of the toothpick. Next, cut 1/4 of the popsicle stick and attach the sail to the middle of the popsicle stick and use the paperclip the make it stay on the bow. Now, place the boat in water and attach a magnet to the ...
Teaching your kids or students about different cultures can be a big stepping stone in them understanding more about the world. A good way to do this is by using an easy arts and crafts project. This tutorial focuses on the Chinese and how to craft an easy hat. Enjoy!
This instructional video demonstrates how to make an exciting stringed instrument from simple junk materials. This is one of the projects from Nick Penny's book "Making Musical Instruments from Junk". This musical instrument is called a poptar, because of the unique sound it makes. You will need a 2 liter plastic bottle, scissors, and plastic twine.
Make a toy house out of wooden building blocks. You'll need one square block for the body of the house and a triangular prism for the roof. You'll also need paint in several colors and a paint brush, as well as glue and a black marker.
Teach your kids about the ancient Chinese abacus, often used as a counting tool, with the help of a fun arts & crafts project! In this Simple Kid's Crafts tutorial, learn how to construct a Chinese abacus for fun with your kids. This is the perfect project for children ages kindergarden and up! Help your kid's get ahead of the curve with fun, educational arts & crafts projects like this one.
Pipe cleaners are for more than just cleaning. They're a perfect craft item that can be used to make a variety of different things, thanks to their flexibility. And that's all you need to make some wonderful, colorful butterflies. A butterfly pipe cleaner is the perfect project for you and your kids! You will need:
Learn how to make a fun educational craft at home with your children with help from this free tutorial. In this short video, learn how to make a simple compass perfect for children ages kindergarten and up. In just a few simple steps, you'll be teaching your children how to use and navigate their own way using the compass as a tool.
Homemade paddle ball games are easy to make and inexpensive. Make a paddle ball game with tips from a craftsman in this free video series on homemade games.
Lizards and other reptiles are fascinating to learn about. Learn how to make paper mache lizards from a professional art instructor in this free crafts video series.
Time to make use of your fall leaves and keep your kids busy making gift and greeting cards.