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How To: Make a CO2 powered bottle rocket

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.

How To: Make a toy boat and water mill

In this video series, our expert Katalin Toth will teach you how to do crafts with children. She will show you how to make a toy boat including how to paint the boat, glue the popsicle sticks, cu the popsicle sticks, and test the boat out in water. Katalin and her children will also teach you how to make a toy water mill including how to cut the popsicle sticks, how to add soil, and how to make a decorative star for the toy water mill.

How To: Mix face paints with water

In this video, we learn how to mix face paints with water. First, you will dip your brush into water and then dip it into the paint color you want. Now, paint on your body where you want that color to do. When finished, place the brush into the water and swish it around until clean, then dip the brush into a new color and continue painting on your body with new brushes, cleaning them as you go. To use a sponge, dip the tip of the sponge into the water, then rub it into the paint color you des...

How To: Craft a colorful paper banner with your kids

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a colorful paper banner. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. The materials required for this project are: construction paper, yarn, scissors and a hole puncher. Begin by folding the construction in half. Then fold it in half on again. Now cut pattern on the side edge of the paper and repeat this process for additional paper. Open the paper to reveal the symmetrical cut out pattern. This video will benefit those viewers who are inter...

How To: Craft a simple shell necklace with your kids

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a simple shell necklace with your kids. To make this, you will need: a sea shell, a hot glue gun, and a necklace string. First, tie your string into a knot at the end of it. Next, grab your shell and apply glue with the hot glue gun to the inside base of it. Now, press the knot that you just made onto the glue in the shell. Let this set up until the glue is completely dried, and you're finished! You can apply more glue to the top if you want a more secur...

How To: Make a rocket out of Mentos and Diet Coke

To make a rocket our of Mentos and diet coke, you are going to need a 2 liter of diet coke, three Mentos, a screw, and a magnet. First, thread all three Mentos on the screw and set aside. Next, open up the bottle of coke. Take the head of the screw and place it inside the bottle cap. After that, put the magnet on top of the cap to hold the screw in place. Now very carefully, screw the cap onto the bottle making sure not to prematurely drop the Mentos in. After the cap is secure, remove the ma...

How To: Make a victory friendship bracelet

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.

How To: Make a fairytale princess hat with your kids

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a fairy princess hat. The materials required for this project are: white cardboard/postcard, glitter stickers, glue, white lace/ribbon, red and white thin plastic ribbons and scissors. Begin by folding the white cardboard into a cone shape and glue it together. Trim the bottom of the cone. Then scrunch the lace ribbon to an accordion style fold and glue it to the bottom of the cone. Now decorate the cone with stickers or paint. Then glue the r...

How To: Make a paper tulip flower with your kids

This isn't your standard origami for kids. It's more like "craft-igami". The difference is the glue. Origami is strictly and art with paper— no epoxies required, but when you throw a little glue into the mix, it becomes the perfect kids project. This paper tulip flower is the perfect paper project to start out your children in the wonderful world of paper crafts. To make this paper tulip with your kids, you'll need:

How To: Make a plastic bottle sasanqua (camellia) flower

Don't know what a sasanqua is? It's a well-known Japanese camellia with fragrant white or pink flowers. Also, it has seeds that yield tea oil. Now that you know the simple facts, you can teach them to you children as you teach them how to create a plastic bottle version of the wonderful camellia flower. To make this flower with your kids, you'll need the following materials:

How To: Make a Japanese flag fan

This instructional video shows us how to make a Japanese flag fan. The materials required are: Foamy (Red and white), four popsicle sticks, glue and scissors. First cut two circular shapes (with one straight edge) from the white foamy, then glue on the popsicle sticks to the straight edge of one of the circles to make the handle. After this, glue down the other white circular piece of foamy to cover the tops of the popsicle sticks. Then cut out two smaller circles from the red foamy and glue ...

How To: Explore textures with Sid the Science Kid

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to evaluate texture by going on a texture hunt. You will need to do this task in a group. Begin by going around the room and finding a texture that you like. Touch all kinds of things to feel the texture. When you found your texture, bring it back to the group and evaluate it. You will compare and contrast how the object feels. The texture of the objects will vary. They can be smooth, rough, hard, soft , sharp or have any other kind of feel. This vide...

How To: Make a Cinco de Mayo Serape poncho

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the colorful and traditional Mexican Serape shown in this how-to video. You will need orange fleece, yellow fleece, white fleece, green fleece, scissors, and glue. Follow along with this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a Cinco de Mayo Serape poncho. Make a Cinco de Mayo Serape poncho.

How To: Make a hummingbird feeder

Hummingbirds are delightful visitors to any backyard and now you can learn how to attract them! Join host Lisa Bleyaert as she shows you how to make your very own hummingbird feeder! You will need white, yellow, and green paint, a plastic water bottle, scissors, an exacto knife, red cord, paint brushes, and one plastic container with a lid. Watch this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a hummingbird feeder. Make a hummingbird feeder.

How To: Do a cotton ball snowman kid's project

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 ...

How To: Make a Coke and Mentos rocket

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....

How To: Make a Hovercraft with Common Household Goods

This video illustrate us how to make a hovercraft with common household items. To build one, first of all, collect all of the items required for making it. You need a CD, bottle cap, balloon and super glue. Then start by applying glue to the lower end of the cap and sticking it to the center of the CD and let it dry. After it has dried, blow up the balloon and secure it up on the bottle cap tightly. Now open the bottle cap and let the balloon deflate.

How To: Make a simple paper penguin with your kids

Although most people won't see a penguin in its natural environment, they're still a wonderfully captivating animal that the kids just can't get enough of. So, make sure you and your kids get over to the zoo and check some penguins out, then go home and create some penguins of your own. It could be made in a cold or hot climate! This penguin stick puppet is perfect for an afternoon of fun crafts with the kids. You'll need the following materials: