Hot Kids Activities How-Tos

How To: Make Mentos bottle rockets

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...

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 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: 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 sun catcher with your kids

In this video, we learn how to make a sun catcher with your kids. First, you need laminating paper, two paper hearts, and scissors. First, cut the center of one heart out by sticking your scissors in and making your way around the heart. Next, place the outline of the heart inside of the laminating pouch, then decorate the inside of it how you prefer. You can use whatever you want to decorate the inside, including: glitter, crayon shavings, tissue paper, etc. Next, place the paper inside of a...

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: Sneak out at night

We've all been there before. There's a huge party going on but your parents won't let you go out! If you're going to sneak out of the house, it helps to have a plan. This video will show not only how to sneak out, but how to get back in without getting caught.

How To: Do tiger face paint in two minutes

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...

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 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: Craft a magnet boat with your kids

In this video, we learn how to craft a magnet boat with kids. You will need: a paper clip, a small triangle piece of foam, 1 magnet, 1 recycled stick, 1 recycled popsicle stick 1 bead, and a hot glue gun. First, attach the toothpick to the bead, then glue the triangle to the top of the toothpick. Next, cut 1/4 of the popsicle stick and attach the sail to the middle of the popsicle stick and use the paperclip the make it stay on the bow. Now, place the boat in water and attach a magnet to the ...

How To: Craft a penguin out of pipe cleaners

In this tutorial, we learn how to craft a penguin out of pip cleaners. First, grab a pencil and wrap white pipe cleaner around the top. Now, wrap black around the pencil as well, and squish them both together. Slide them off, then take an orange pipe cleaner and fold it in half. About 2 rings from the top of the black, poke the orange through that will be the beak. On the bottom, twist the orange pip cleaner together to make penguin feet, then clip off any excess pipe cleaner. Now, take black...

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: 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: 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: Make a vortex paper airplane

This round paper airplane may not look like a flyer, but wait until you see it soar! All you'll need are some scissors and a piece of paper to make your own Vortex. Watch this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a vortex paper airplane. Make a vortex paper airplane.

How To: Make foam gaillardia amber wheel flowers with the kids

Gaillardia may be a foreign word to you, unless you're a botanist or flower enthusiast, but the gaillardia plant can be simply defined as a daisy. The American plant is usually cultivated for its bright red and yellow flowers, but it can also be the perfect craft project with the kids. This video will show you how you and your kids can make a foam amber wheel of gaillardias, which will surely please your young ones. To make this flower wheel, you'll need:

How To: Craft a cute origami dog with your kids

Looking for a fun kids' activity? Have a little bit of spare time and paper to match? Make a paper dog with origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own canine from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper puppies yourself, take a look!

How To: Craft a pom-pom chicken with your kids

In a world filled with video games, arts and crafts is more important than ever. It's important to make sure kids are getting the right stimulation needed to help them later on in life. This video tutorial helps not only achieve that, but give them a great toy to play with as well. Find out how to make cool looking pom-pom chicken from scratch. Enjoy!

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: Craft a toilet paper roll bird with your kids

In this tutorial, learn how to craft a cute bird out of a toilet paper roll with your kids. This adorable little birdie makes a fun activity and is incredibly cheap to make. All you need is some feathers, glue and an old cardboard roll from a used thing of toilet paper. So, instead of throwing away that old roll, why not recycle it into a fun learning activity for your little ones? This project is great for any age, and doesn't take very long so the kids won't lose interest. Decorate them any...

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