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: Develop a child's motor skills with pop beads

According to Shelley Lovett Pop Beads are a wonderful addition to any early learning environment. In this video Lovett starts by showing all of the different shapes, sizes and colors the Pop Beads come in. She also explains to the viewer where the beads can be purchased. Lovett then demonstrates how the unique construction of the beads makes it somewhat difficult to snap them together. Yet is it the required pinching and grasping that makes playing with Pop Beads so beneficial to developing a...

How To: Wrap & wear your baby in a long scarf

This video tutorial shows you how to use a long wrap product to dress yourself while creating a secure carrier for your baby. The long wrap is brought forward from back to front and round your belly button, criss-crossed over your back and brought forward and criss-crossed once more, then tied. The two criss-crosses (in the shape of an X) help hold the babies legs, as the pass through the criss-crosses and support the baby. You should then try to bring the fabric down as far as possible to su...

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: Use crayola watercolors for projects

Crayola Washable Watercolors offer the best and brightest watercolor painting experience, without the mess! They come in a variety of vibrant colors that blend smoothly for more color-mixing possibilities. Washability you can trust™! This video has great ideas for projects to do with your kids!

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 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: Teach kids not to hurt others

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach kids not to hurt others. Tell them if someone were to hurt them or hit them, that would be hurting them on the outside. Tell that that it is not kind to do this sort of thing. Tell them that if someone says something not nice about them, that hurts you on the inside. This hurts their feelings and that is not nice. Let them know to say sorry for hurting someone's feelings or physically hurting them. Make sure the other person says that they forgive them,...

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: 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 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: Have sex while breastfeeding

Most new mothers are concerned about having sex while breastfeeding. Learn all about the affects of breastfeeding and sex as well as tips on how to prevent leaky breasts during sex. All you have to do is watch this maternity how to video.

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 children listen with their "listening ears"

In this video from CullensAbcs we learn a tip for how to children should listen with their "listening ears." This is taught by a girl and a gator puppet. She says to ask children to put on their listening ears so they can hear a story you are going to read to them or if you have something that you are going to say. Children like doing these types of things. It's a great tip to use to get your child to hear what you have to say. They can also make a sound when putting on their listening ears t...

How To: Craft a lizard out of foam & pipe cleaner

In this video, we learn how to craft a lizard out of foam and pipe cleaner. First grab your piece of foam and poke a hole into the front of it going through it, then through the back going all the way through. Next, poke the pipe cleaner through the holes so it looks like four legs. After this, poke a hole in the back to string the tail through. Poke a hole through the front and place a red pipe cleaner inside of it with a curl at the end to make it look like the tongue. To finish, draw on tw...

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: 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: 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 a simple paper penguin with your kids

Although most people won't see a penguin in its natural environment, they're still a wonderfully captivating animal that the kids just can't get enough of. So, make sure you and your kids get over to the zoo and check some penguins out, then go home and create some penguins of your own. It could be made in a cold or hot climate! This penguin stick puppet is perfect for an afternoon of fun crafts with the kids. You'll need the following materials:

How To: Craft a snake out of pipe cleaner

In this tutorial, we learn how to craft a snake out of a pipe cleaner. First, you will take three pipe cleaners and twist their ends together, then stick a large pom pom in between the pipe cleaners. Then do a braid with the pipe cleaners until you reach the end, and then twist the end together. Then, take some googly eyes and glue them onto the pom pom. You can now twist the snake to make it look like a rattle snake and add a piece of red felt to make the tongue. This is a fast and easy proj...

How To: Take your baby's rectal temperature

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a rectal thermometer with a baby. This is the best to use for an infant six months or younger. Any fever could be serious, especially in the first 3 months. First, apply petroleum jelly to the baby's rectum and lift its legs in the air. Gently slide the thermometer into the rectum and wait until the temperature reads out. This will often stimulate the bowel movements of the baby, so make sure you keep wipes or paper towels near by for when you're finished...

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