Hot Kids Activities How-Tos

How To: Make silly putty at home, just like NASA

NASA has invented the T-RAD Device, a.k.a. Goo Gun. Astronauts aboard the STS-120 will test the effectiveness of the pre-ceramic polymer in its ability to repair damaged shuttle tiles. To make connections to the mission, in this video tutorial, Dr. Diana teaches you how to make your own silly putty, also a polymer, at home.

How To: Make unique bookmarks

In this video series, let Karen Weisman show you how make bookmarks. With these simple and easy instructions, you can make unique bookmarks for yourself or as gifts for friends. Learn how to make a photo bookmark. Karen also shows you how to make bookmarks out of ribbon and beads. Finally, learn how to make a bookworm and glamour girl bookmark. These fun and easy projects will be perfect for the creative crafter in you. So, learn how to make homemade bookmarks today!

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 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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 colorful paper bracelet with your kids

This is kind of like origami, except there is some glue involved, which diehard origamists would call cheating, but when it comes to your children, it's the perfect kids craft that they can enjoy year round! Making colorful paper bracelets is easy and fun for both you and your child. The perfect afternoon activity, and all you'll need to make one is:

How To: Build a durable bottle rocket using common items

Benson Trenh and Mark Norris show viewers how to build a bottle rocket using common household items. To build this creation you will need tape, a hole puncher, scissors and string. Also use a black plastic bag, or any color, for the parachute! Cut the black plastic bag into a square, any size you would like! Next, take the square and punch a hole at each edge of the square and string the string through the hole tying a knot. You should now have the parachute! For the body of the rocket, get a...

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 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: 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: Craft a Chinese hat with your kids

Teaching your kids or students about different cultures can be a big stepping stone in them understanding more about the world. A good way to do this is by using an easy arts and crafts project. This tutorial focuses on the Chinese and how to craft an easy hat. Enjoy!

How To: Make an origami paper hat with your kids

Looking for a fun activity for your kids birthday party? In this tutorial, learn how to origami a paper hat with your kids. The benefit of using these hats is two fold! Not only do they make great party favors, they also provide an arts and crafts project to keep the kids entertained for a while.

How To: Do construction paper weaving with your kids

This is a project to keep your kids entertained. It is also a great way to practice hand eye coordination and motor skills. The materials that you are going to need are; construction paper and something to cut the paper with.Depending on the age of the child you can use 3 colors or more for older children and 2 colors for the younger children. Color choice is left up to what the child wants.To get started take a full size sheet of construction paper. Fold this paper in half length-wise. Take ...

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 tile mosaic

Want your room to have some Mosaic tile style? Check out this how-to video! With just a few sheets of paper and some glue you can transform a boring bedside table into a fabulous mosaic showpiece! Follow along with the step-by-step instructions in this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a tiled mosaic. Make a tile mosaic.