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How To: Use a magnifying glass with Sid the Science Kid

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...

How To: Make a 3D domino pyramid easily

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...

How To: Make water bottle rocket with vinegar and baking soda

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...

How To: Craft a Chinese abacus with your kids

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.

How To: Reycle plastic into easy to make shrink art

The video is part of the awesome web show and this video is about recycling of plastic into beautiful shapes-Shrinky Dinks .At the beginning of the video an old plastic container top is taken and using scissors is cut into a circular shape. The scratchy surface of the circular plastic is coated with one color and on the other side some designs are drawn using another color. This piece of plastic is kept in a microwave oven which is preheated to 350 degrees to shrink it to a smaller size and t...

How To: Make a singing Mr. Chin

The Professor of Silliness returns with some paper. Follow this simple example to turn your face upside down and make a singing puppet. just draw a necktie on a regular sheet of paper and trim the collar accordingly. Place two little eyes on your chin. Now here's the difficult part. You have to hang upside down and hold the paper necktie up to your chin, covering your nose. Now you sing, or lipsink, to your favorite songs, as the adorable songbird, Mr. Chin.

How To: Make slimy Silly Putty with glue and Borax

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 ...

How To: Make a googly-eyed paper cat on a popsicle stick

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:

How To: Make wind chimes with your kids

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 ...

How To: Make a musical instrument from junk

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.

How To: Make tin foil rings

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make aluminum paper rings. This video provides all the materials required to make the rings. The materials required include: aluminum paper, glue, plastic gems, beads and the bottom of any decorative element for the top of the ring. Begin by folding the foil into a thin line and twist it. Now bend the foil around your finger to shape it into a ring. Then tie and wrap up the top. Put some glue on and add the bead or gem to the center. This video wil...

How To: Make slime with Borax and glue

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.

How To: Make simple small foam umbrellas with your kids

Small umbrellas are perfect for martinis and cocktails, but your kids don't have to know that. But this variation of the mini umbrellas aren't the kind you'd like to stick in your drink, but the kind your kids can have tons of fun with. They're cute, easy to make, and a fun afternoon of crafts with the kids. To see how to make these foam umbrellas, watch and learn. You'll need:

How To: Teach your kids to draw a fish

This video shows the viewer how to teach their children to draw a cartoon style fish. The video is literally a tutorial showing a young woman teaching a group of children. She does this by using simple shapes, which children already know how to draw, to build up the bigger fish. She starts with an oval shaped body and a tail. She then adds two eyes and a line for a mouth before finishing with fins and stripes. Finally she colors her fish in before showing the children’s efforts.

How To: Make silly putty at home, just like NASA

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.

How To: Face paint the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo

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.

How To: Craft felt frog puppets with your kids

In this Family video tutorial you will learn how to craft felt frog puppets with your kids. The materials you will need for this are felt (pink, dark and light green), a piece of red lace, 2 large white pompoms, 2 small black pompoms, scissors, glue and marker. Take two layers of dark green felt and draw out the outline of half of the left palm. Fold the felts in half and cut out the outline. Stick the two pieces along the edges to make a glove. Next cut a rectangular piece out of the light g...

How To: Grow plants with Sid the Science Kid

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 ...

How To: Make a rubber band ball out of 100% rubber bands

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...

How To: Make tissue paper stars

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!

How To: Make a daisy chain necklace

Check out the fabulous beading project in this how-to video that's fun to make and even more fun to wear. All you need are some beads and cord to get started! Follow along with the step-by-step instructions in this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a daisy chain necklace. Make a daisy chain necklace.

How To: Use crayola color explosion papers

Crayola Color Explosion™ lets you create wild multicolored effects with a single color-reveal marker! The unique clear-ink marker works only with black Color Explosion paper, revealing hidden colors for amazing designs. Drawings can be done freehand or with stencils. A great project to do with your kids!

How To: Make Barbie Headbands

Barbie is all set to go for her party. With her sparkling dress, she is going to intoxicate everyone. The only thing that would add to this, would be Barbie accessories. So why not make some beautiful headbands for Barbie that would add more grace to her attire. This video is for all who love dressing up their dolls.

How To: Make slime for under 5 dollars

In this video, we learn how to make slime for under 5 dollars. You will need: a large pan, gallon of water, food coloring, and 1 c corn starch. Mix in warm water and continue to mix until everything is well combined. Keep adding more water to corn starch until it's the consistency that you would like. After it's hot and a slimy substance, add in some food coloring that you would like. After this, pour the slime into individual containers and allow it to cool so you can use at a later time. Wh...

How To: Make a lava lamp as a cool science experiment for kids

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...