Hot Kids Activities How-Tos

How To: Make an easy homemade compass for a kids activity

Learn how to make a fun educational craft at home with your children with help from this free tutorial. In this short video, learn how to make a simple compass perfect for children ages kindergarten and up. In just a few simple steps, you'll be teaching your children how to use and navigate their own way using the compass as a tool.

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 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 gooey slime for kids

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.

How To: Do inexpensive projects with kids

This video shows some fun, inexpensive projects you can try for kids. There are several different crafts presented, beginning with Flubber, or Silly Putty. Mixing some glue, water and Borax in a bowl makes the same stuff you can buy in the store. The next craft is Crazy Crayons, where you gather old crayons together and heat them in an oven to make new, colorful creations. Then comes Spiffy-Sniffy Watercolor Paints, where we find out you can just mix water and Kool-Aid powder to make bright 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 a dragon puppet out of recycled materials

This video is about how to make a puppet dragon out of household items. First, a piece of card stock paper is cut in half the long way. Next, you must take an empty 18-pack egg carton and cut off a strip of egg slots. Using a stapler, the two pieces of paper are connected long ways, with the egg strip stapled on top of it. This forms the body. To make the head, a small cardboard box is stapled to one end. A smaller cardboard box (about half the size of the one already used) is glued on top. F...

How To: Make a toy drum

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a toy drum. You will need: felt, recycled tin can, 1 red lace, 4 soda caps, 2 popsicle sticks, glue, and scissors. Cit, cut the felt into a circle and glue it around the tin can. After this, take red felt and cut it into strips, then glue on the side of the tin can so it's striped. When finished, apply glue to the top of the can and then cover with additional pieces of felt. Tie a ribbon around the top and the bottom of the felt on the fan. To make the s...

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 pom-pom ladybug with your kids

In this tutorial, we learn how to craft a pom-pom ladybug with your kids! The materials you will need are: 1 large red pom pom, 1 medium black pom pom, 1 pipe cleaner, 2 googly eyes, and one piece of lace. Start off by gluing the black and red pom pom's together with a hot glue gun. Next, use a hot glue gun to glue the googly eyes onto the black pom pom. Now glue black pipe cleaner around the red pom pom to make a stripe on the back of the ladybug. cut the pipe cleaner into little round shape...

How To: Make egg carton flowers with your kids

Some of the best kids activities are done right in your own home, recycling everyday items. For instance, an egg carton. What could you possibly make out of an old egg carton? This video will show you exactly what you could do! See how to make egg carton flowers. These decorative flowers can proudly be displayed anywhere. All you and your kid will need are:

How To: Make drop earrings with your kids

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a simple pair of earrings. This craft only takes a minute to do. The materials required to make these earrings are: 2 large beads, 2 medium beads, 4 small beads, 2 seed beads, 2 earring pins, 2 earring hooks and pliers. Put the beads on the earring pin in this order: small, seed, medium, large and small. Use the pliers to bend the pin to a loop and hook it with the earring hook. This video will benefit those young viewers who enjoy making arts...

How To: Make a window sill flower box

Do you want to make your room pop with color?! Well it will with the colorful flower box in this how-to video! You will need tissue paper, wooden skewers, a block of floral foam, pipe cleaners, scissors, a shoebox, a paintbrush, white glue, water, and a plastic container. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions in this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a window sill flower box. Make a window sill flower box.

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 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: 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: 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...

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