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.
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.
Shelley Lovett from ChildCare shows us how to make a cotton ball snowman. This is a great activity for developing fine motor skills. The snowman comes in a several variations, there is a snowman that has circles on its tummy so that children would have to try and place the cotton balls inside the circles. There is a snowman that comes in black and white so that the children could decorate the snowman's scarf, mittens and hat. Now on the plain tummy snowman, you'd just apply glue all over the ...
In order to face paint flowers and butterflies, you will need the following: metallic white, pin, a sponge, a paintbrush, green paint, glitter, yellow paint, purple paint, and blue paint.
This short video shows how you can make up a frog shape with your hands. In order to make a frog by using your hands start by opening your hands in front of you, palms down. Then you have to cross your little fingers on each other. Repeat the same crossing of the next finger on both hands, The next step is to fold your middle fingers over the two smaller fingers you had crossed before. Finally move the thumb and the pointer fingers in a circle shape to form the mouth of the frog. By opening a...
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...
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...
Transport yourself in no time to the 70's and chill out with your homemade lava lap. This five part series takes you step by step with everything you need, from wax, to food coloring to make a cool lava lamp. It's great activity for the whole family to enjoy.
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:
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.
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!
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...
This craft is great for Mother's Day! Turn a recycled glass bottle into a beautiful flower vase to give as a gift! You'll need to find a sizeable glass bottle and then gather some colored tissue paper, glue diluted in water, a plastic container, scissors, polyurethane sealant and a paint brush.
It's time to teach your kids about animals! To get your little one thinking like an animal, why not help them look like one? In this tutorial, featuring John Lithgow, learn how to turn common household items like paper plates and paints to create fun, realistic looking animal masks with your kids! You will also learn how to make special doggy treats and bird feeders so that you can really get on all fours with your animal buddies! Have fun!
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:
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.
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.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make "Coke" rocket. This process is very fast, easy and simple to do. The materials required for this project are a 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola and a pack of Mentos candy. Begin by sliding off the cover of the Mentos stick and drop it into the 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola. Place on the cap of the bottle and shake it. Now slightly open the cap until you hear the soda fizzing. Then slam the bottle onto the ground and watch the bottle fly into the air....
Spend some time with your little princess this weekend and incorporate a fun arts & crafts project into your weekend activities! In this Simple Kid's Crafts tutorial, learn how to make a simple princess tiara. This activity is perfect for little girls age kindergarden and up. Let your little girl feel like the princess she is, by adorning this sweet handcrafted princess tiara made by none other but herself and her parent.
This is a fun and easy craft you can do with your children, by making a replica of the old feather quill pens - with none of the mess! You'll need some white construction paper, a regular ball point pen, some scissors and a stapler.
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!
Bre Pettis shows you three different strategies for surviving an egg drop. In addition to learning different egg drop strategies, Paula Kieko teaches you the physics of an egg drop to give you a leg up on your competition. This is yet another great weekend project with Make Magazine.
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'!
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:
If the foam calla lily is too advanced for your kids, and the foam violets are too much purple for the eyes, then try out these simple flowers. Make a whole bouquet of them with your kids! They are really simple to make, and only require these materials:
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.
Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays of the the year in the United States. Retailers even lease out empty retail spaces to put in Halloween stores.
Jewelry making may be too advanced for your young ones, but these wire rings are the exception. It's the perfect project for your kids, and it's easy and fun. There's hardly any materials involved in making this wire rings, and your girls will wear them forever! At least, until they get a real wedding ring. Materials needed are:
This tutorial shows you how to make some fun turkey crafts with your children. For young children, you can make a colorful turkey out of a paper cup, some paint, glue and construction paper. For older children, you can create a tin can turkey out of felt and some hot gule.
This video will help moms and dads make homemade fruit parfait with kids. This not only teaches kids about cooking, but also help as a parent-bonding session.
A very simple butterfly for smaller children or a beginning face painter. Check out this tutorial to learn a few pointers and techniques.
Kool-aid + Sno Cones + LEDs. For some of us (e.g. small kids), it doesn't get much better than that.
In this tutorial, we learn how to craft a snake out of a pipe cleaner. First, you will take three pipe cleaners and twist their ends together, then stick a large pom pom in between the pipe cleaners. Then do a braid with the pipe cleaners until you reach the end, and then twist the end together. Then, take some googly eyes and glue them onto the pom pom. You can now twist the snake to make it look like a rattle snake and add a piece of red felt to make the tongue. This is a fast and easy proj...
In this video, we learn how to do Batman face paint. First, you will need to apply a metallic silver paint to make a mask Batman design around the eyes. Next, use a fine tip brush to paint black for the outline around the Batman design. You may need to have the logo printed out by you so you know how to paint it. Next, draw a circle around each of the eyes, then you will have the completed Batman face paint! This is great for children and is extremely easy to do. This is great for parties and...
This video shows you, purely through demonstration, how to make a rubber band ball out of only rubber bands. It begins by showing how to create a small knot out of a few rubber bands, then wrap more rubber bands around it as one would with the small ball that is usually used as the core of a rubber band ball. The first few seconds are the most important, as forming the core of the ball out of rubber bands is the main trick to successfully creating the one hundred percent rubber band ball. Unf...
This video provides a step by step routine to face paint the perfect unicorn.
This video presentation is a tutorial of how to make a baking soda and vinegar rocket. Materials involved include a water bottle, vinegar, baking soda, toilet paper, and knife. First step is to use the knife to gouge a hole in the cap of the bottle. It should not be too large, and should be placed in the center of the cap. Once the hole is made, the cap is to be removed, and the bottle is to be filled partially to half-way with vinegar. After the vinegar is added, the baking soda is then laid...
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 tutorial, learn how to craft a cute bird out of a toilet paper roll with your kids. This adorable little birdie makes a fun activity and is incredibly cheap to make. All you need is some feathers, glue and an old cardboard roll from a used thing of toilet paper. So, instead of throwing away that old roll, why not recycle it into a fun learning activity for your little ones? This project is great for any age, and doesn't take very long so the kids won't lose interest. Decorate them any...