Hot Kids Activities How-Tos

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: 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: 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 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: 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 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 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 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: Create a homemade lava lamp with your kids

In this video, learn how to make a homemade lava lamp with your kids! Do this fun activity as a learning experience or science experiment and help get your children's creative juices flowing! Learn step-by-step how to create this neat-looking lava lamp in the comfort of your own home. Create a homemade lava lamp with your kids.

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 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 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...

How To: Survive an Egg Drop

Bre Pettis shows you three different strategies for surviving an egg drop. In addition to learning different egg drop strategies, Paula Kieko teaches you the physics of an egg drop to give you a leg up on your competition. This is yet another great weekend project with Make Magazine.

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: 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 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 an egg carton flowerpot

Want a fun craft to do with the kids using old egg cartons? Following these easy instructions with only a few supplies such as; acrylic paints, egg carton, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, tissue and a small clay pot. Great craft for a fun spring project! Make an egg carton flowerpot.

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: 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: Draw a cartoon Benjamin Franklin from the number 100

Did you know that you can draw the person that's on the $100 bill from the number 100? Well you can and Bruce Blitz will show you how in this instructional video! You will need a piece of paper, a marker, and colored chalk. Follow along with this how-to cartoon video and learn how to draw Benjami Franklin from the number 100. Draw a cartoon Benjamin Franklin from the number 100.

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