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How To: Make a flower out of toilet paper tube

Simple Kids Crafts demonstrates how to make a flower out of a toilet paper tube. For this project you will need one toilet paper tube, paint, a paintbrush, glue and scissors. First, paint the toilet paper tube and let it dry. Then cut the toilet paper tubes into rings. Scrunch up a ball of tissue and glue it closed. Bend the painted rings into flower shapes. Attach the flower shapes to the tissue ball. Paint the tissue ball. Next, paint the inside of the flower shapes. Let it dry. Add decorat...

How To: Make flowers out of pipe cleaners

This video will show you how to make flowers out of pipe cleaners. To start you'll need five pipe cleaners. The video shows the basic steps of connecting the first two pipe cleaners by twisting together the ends. Then pipe cleaners are bunched together and wrapped by another pipe cleaner. This creates the petals and the stem that extends downwards. After the petals and stem are shaped correctly, a green pipe cleaner is wrapped around the yellow stem to give it a realistic green appearance. Fi...

How To: Make a frog with your hands

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...

How To: Draw a cartoon little girl with pigtails

Keep on cartooning with host Bruce Blitz as he shows you how to draw a proud girl with pigtails. All you need is a pad of paper, pencil, marker, colored chalks or colored pencils and eraser. Using a pencil, draw a bean shape for her head. Use your marker to draw an upside down U, down low on the face, for her nose. Draw 2 upside-down U’s for eyes, eyebrows going up and a large, proud smile. Draw a big ear on her right side, and go over the pencil lines around her face. Starting at the center ...

How To: Make a homemade flag

Join host Lisa Bleyaert in this how-to video as she shows you how to make a homemade flag that’s fun for the whole family to make! The steps are easy to follow, so come join the fun! You will need fabric markers, fabric paint, 1 wooden dowel, scissors, a pillowcase, 3 safety pins, and the step-by-step instructions in this video activity tutorial. Make a homemade flag.

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: 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 5 easy face or body paint designs

In this video, we learn how to make five easy face or body paint designs. First, to make a shooting star, grab a sponge and apply your paint to the edge of it. You will want to paint three colors next to each other on the edge of the sponge. Now, drag this across the skin and make a point at the end, then paint on a star. Next, to make a flower you will paint four hearts that are all touching with their points in the middle, then paint on leaves by swiping the brush sideways. To paint Spiderm...

How To: Craft a bug barn or bug habitat with your kids

In this tutorial, we learn how to craft a bug barn or bug habitat. You will need: 1 Quaker oat box, masking tape, paint, mesh netting, poster board, ribbon, scissors, and a paint brush. First, cut one side of your box out and apply mesh over it with masking tape. Now, paint over the paint and over the entire box with your preferred colors. After this, decorate the inside of the box with paper. Cut a hole in the top of the box and place a string at the top to easily take it off. When finished ...

How To: Craft a lily flower out of paper & pipe cleaner

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a lily out of paper and pipe cleaner. First, lay your hand flat on a piece of copy paper. Next, trace your hand with a pen or pencil, then cut it out with scissors. Now use a pencil or pen to curl the ends of the fingers you just cut out. After this, combine two pieces of gold pipe cleaner together and bend in half. Then, place a green pipe cleaner in the middle and make a twist to keep in place. To finish, wrap your paper hand cut out around the gold pi...

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: Make a simple paper gift bag with your kids

When teaching your kids the art of crafts, it's good to throw in something useful every once in a while, something they can actually use and not just have fun with. A bag is the perfect solution. Everyone has a need for a bag, even kids. They can store all of their other paper crafts in there! Watch this video to learn how to make this paper gift bag… a gift for themselves! You'll need:

How To: Make a recycled doll's broom with your kids

Start teaching your children the art of recycling… and the art of crafting. Making this recycled doll's broom is perfect for any young girl who enjoys beauty and you figurines. A crafty broom will help Barbie learn responsibility, and teach your young ones about helping their environment out. This doll's broom is made from real evergreen leaves, along with a popsicle sticks and some tape. Easy!

How To: Make animal masks using household items & John Lithgow

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!

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: Make an easy paper plate clock with your kids

Teach your children how to tell time by infusing a fun craft project into your lesson! In this short tutorial hosted by Simple Kid's Crafts, learn how to make an easy paper plate clock for children ages kindergarden and up. Get your kids ahead of the curve through fun and educational craft projects like this one.

How To: Make a play-doh heart with your kids

Play-doh is one of the most easiest, safest, and funnest kids toy out there today. It has lasted for years and years and continues to be used to this day. So no wonder it's a toy that teachers across the nation still use in their classrooms. This tutorial will show you how to make an easy heart made from play-doh. Enjoy!

How To: Make a children's money bank or piggy bank

Recycling old and often misused items can really save you money and be a treat for you and others. In this particular example, making a children's piggy bank from old scraps. This tutorial shows how you can take an old can of Tang, and make it into soemthing useful and easy to use. Enjoy!

How To: Make a spiral sun catcher

In this Family video tutorial you will learn how to make a spiral sun catcher. Take a contact paper and draw a spiral on it starting at the center and drawing out wards. Now remove the backing of the contact paper and lay it down sticky side up. With markers, color in the spiral. Then take the contact paper and lay it on top of the backing and smooth it out. Now cut along the line of the spiral with scissors. Tie a piece of ribbon to the inside end of the spiral and now you have a spiral sun ...

How To: Make a mosaic apple with your kids

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...

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 'frog skin' or 'gak'

Chris Giorni, Mr. Science with Tree Frog Treks, demonstrates how to make simulated frog skin. To make the simulated frog skin, you will need glue, water, borax laundry powder and food coloring. First, add a pinch of the powdered borax to water and dye it green using the food coloring. Next, water down the glue and place it on a plate. Add the borax solution to the plate. Mix the compound with your fingers. It will quickly form a long chain polymer or sticky frog skin. Frogs breathe through th...

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 a water bottle rocket using hairspray

This video shows how to make a bottle rocket using hair spray and a plastic Propel bottle (or a bottle with a small hole in the cap). First, unscrew the cap on the plastic bottle. Then take the cap from the hairspray, and spray directly into the cap for about ten seconds. You then pour the hairspray from the cap and into the bottle. After replacing the plastic bottle's cap, hold the bottle slightly downward so the hairspray goes towards the cap, and spray a little bit on the outside of the ca...

How To: Make blue slime out of cornflour

This video loosely explains the method of how to make a blue colored slime from corn flour, blue food coloring, and a quantity of water which is undetermined. Quantities of ingredients to be added for this project vary and can be made up as the person goes along in combining the ingredients to produce the desired results. Ideally, the product should be of a slime like consistency, or can be described as 'gooey' in appearance. The resulting slime product should be easily stirred when it is sti...