Usually our 5-Minute Projects involve soldering and LED lights and other such electronic accoutrements, but this week we decided to skip the fancy stuff in favor of an old-school science project: making rheopectic slime from Borax and glue. This is a pretty safe experiment even for kids--just make sure to do it with parental supervision and keep the Borax, slime, and any fingers that have been touching the aforementioned items out of eyes, noses and mouths.
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 ...
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!
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.
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 Family video tutorial you will learn how to make a lava lamp as a cool science experiment for kids. For this project you will need food coloring, water, vegetable oil and antacid pills. Take a bottle and fill quarter of the bottle with water. Fill up the rest of the space with oil. The water and oil will remain separate. Now drop food coloring in to the bottle. Each color will behave differently. For example, green settles at the bottom, yellow stays in the middle, red dissolves right...
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.
You can decorate a paper bag puppet any way you like, but there's one puppet that no one will have seen before—one that looks like you!
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?
You'll go bananas for the puppet project in this how-to video. Join expert puppeteer John Kennedy and his pal Tabitha as they make a really cool squeeze mouth Banana Buddy. Give it a squeeze to make it talk! You will need a permanent black marker, a permanent yellow marker, a pencil, scissors, glue, one 10”x 4” piece of 2” thick foam rubber, six 3/16” white pom-poms, two 3/8” white pom-poms, two 3/16” black pom-poms, and the step-by-step instructions in this video activity tutorial. Make a ba...
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 ...
Help your child decorate their room! This tutorial shows you how to use craft foam to construct a curtain of flowers. In addition to the foam, you will also need a glitter pencil, decorative ribbon and a pair of kid safe craft scissors.
This is a fun craft to do with your child which teaches them how to make a Turkish-style pair of slippers. All you'll need is some colored cardboard, decorative ribbon, glue, scissors, colored markers and a few decorations to put on the shoes.
This is a very basic and very easy tutorial on how to make a chain of people holding hands. All you'll need is a large piece of paper, a pen to trace out your silhouette, and a pair of scissors.
Lynn Snodgrass shows how to make chimes by using small clay pots and popsicle sticks. You can tie them together by using plastic string or regular garden string. The pots can be decorated with paint or you can apply stickers to the pots. 1. Use the sticks tied with the string as the base that holds the pots together. 2. Thread the string through the opening in the clay pots. The pots will have already been decorated with the stickers and the paint and will already be dry. The next step is to ...
Turn your child into a puppy! Well, not really, but try these face painting techniques to create a puppy design.
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:
This video shows you a fun and easy craft - recycle an old glove and, by gluing colored pom poms onto it, turn it into a puppet! You'll need to use a hot glue gun to attach the pom poms, so make sure your children don't burn themselves.
Learn the hand seals for the Fire Ball Jutusu from Naruto.
Shelley Lovett of Childcareland shows us how to make a mosaic apple using colored construction paper. This is a fun to do project, which enhances a child's motor skills. The basic outline of the apple is available on the website. It can be printed out and then cut out. Shelley has used red, green and brown colored construction paper, the traditional colors for apple. But she also stresses that we should let children use whatever colors they prefer. It will make the project so much more fun. S...
Want an easy way to make bath time a little more fun for your children? Learn the art of towel origami and try making this folded towel elephant.
Make a toy scale out of wooden pencils and CDs.
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.
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...
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:
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...
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:
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...
Kool-aid + Sno Cones + LEDs. For some of us (e.g. small kids), it doesn't get much better than that.
How to inflate soap bubbles using helium and pressurized air: inexpensive and easy to do.
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...
A very simple butterfly for smaller children or a beginning face painter. Check out this tutorial to learn a few pointers and techniques.
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:
Are you looking for a fun way to keep track as your child gets taller? Learn how to make a children’s height measuring board in this free crafts video series.
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'!
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.
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.
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.
Whether you're a teacher or a fantastic parent, this kids activity is a must for young children. Learn how you and your kids can create a wonderful and colorful paper train, perfect for a wall decoration at school. There's nothing to this kids craft project, except the following materials: