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.
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:
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:
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!
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...
This is an easy and fun craft for your kids which will teach them how to make a small basket out of construction paper. You can use it to hold candies, flowers or any other small children's articles. You just need some brightly colored paper, scissors, glue and a stapler.
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 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 ...
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:
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.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a pom pom seal. The materials required for this project are: 1 large brown pom pom, 4 medium brown pom poms, 3 small pom poms, 2 white pom poms, 1 small piece of brown felt, 2 googly eyes, glue and scissors. Begin by gluing the brown pom poms together. The large pom pom is the head, 4 medium pom poms are the body and 2 small pom poms are the hands. Then glue the 2 white pom poms and mini black pom pom on the head for the mouth and nose. Glue t...
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.
Make a fun little toy swing! This video gives you the plans to make a swing for your dolls or other toys. You'll need to assemble five pink rods, two red rods, one green rod, two blue spools, four yellow spools and four orange washers to make this item.
We are painting the ninja turtle-Michelangelo. Use orange metallic to cover over face. Put orange metallic around the eyes and ears. Use green metallic on forehead and across the nose, chin, mouth and cheeks. Use white close to the mouth for smile and teeth. Take black paint and give a bandit face. Outline the eyes, forehead. Place wrinkles around the eyes and make knots on the side of the face to make it look like a tie. Make the ninja turtle mouth smile.
Making Velcro-ball dartboards is a fun activity and good way to spend a day with the kids. Learn how to make a children's crafts Velcro-ball dartboard with expert tips in this free arts and crafts video series.
Here's a fun rainy day craft, good for especially young children. Make your own porcupine or hedgehog out of construction paper. You'll need yellow and brown origami paper, one black marker, one popsicle stick, two googly eyes, a stapler, glue and a pair of safety scissors.
Need an electric outlet and don't have one? No batteries on hand, either? Well, then you should use the next best thing - potatoes! In this tutorial, learn how to make that old science fair staple - the potato powered calculator! Check it out, it really works!
Who’d have thought that crumpled paper was good for anything but the trashcan? With this easy technique, you can transform tissue paper into pretty pieces of art. This is a fun kids craft project. You will need cardboard, double sided contact paper, tissue paper, and scissors. Fun activity to do with kids!
Bring all of the colors of the rainbow together with this cool color spinner. You and your child will learn how to mix colors to make new colors with this fun arts and crafts project from Crayola. You will need white poster board, a paper plate, a circle maker or compass, scissors, a ruler, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and tape. With this how to video you can teach your child about colors and science with this paper color spinner.
What better way to display flowers in your home than in an adorable personalized vase? In this tutorial, learn how to make a flower vase with your kids and make a unique centerpiece for any table. Your kids will have fun with this project and will delight in seeing their masterpiece on display for everyone to admire. So let's get crafting, shall we?
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.
This is a quick tutorial on how to paint a quick spiderman on kids.
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.
It's slime time! Get ready to make some sticky, gooey, slippery slime with the A-TV science sleuths.
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.
Here is the perfect recipe for that childhood fun gooey substance. It seems everyone tries but get this wrong? I have found the perfect proportions. So no more glue balls. This isn't slime. This video is my recipe for making a silly putt... More»y like substance. I am a chemist and it works perfectly. It is a polyvinyl acetate polymer. Metric measurements 25mL glue, 20mL water, 15mL Borax Solution No matter how many times I do this, I never get bored making it. It acts like snot but it isn't ...
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.
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!
Childcareland has shared with us the most easy way possible to make attractive colorful flowers using nothing but coffee filters, pipe cleaners, felt pens, water spray, and tape.
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 video provides a step by step routine to face paint the perfect unicorn.
Did you know that you can draw the person that's on the $100 bill from the number 100? Well you can and Bruce Blitz will show you how in this instructional video! You will need a piece of paper, a marker, and colored chalk. Follow along with this how-to cartoon video and learn how to draw Benjami Franklin from the number 100. Draw a cartoon Benjamin Franklin from the number 100.
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:
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.
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.
This tutorial talks about how one can make playdoh cupcakes and donuts. This video is for all the playdoh lovers and ones who likes cupcakes and donuts.
This shows you how to easily construct a 3D domino pyramid. First, line up your dominoes on their sides in a zigzagged diamond-shaped pattern. Then, stack dominoes on the left side facing vertically-going from one to another-on all the dominoes except the three in the top left side of the pyramid. Continue to build this way, moving up and alternating in placement in the middle of the diamond. Finally you'll work your way up to one top piece. Then you add a row of dominoes around the outside t...
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...