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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: 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 ocean in a bottle with your kids

When it comes to keeping your kids entertained, there's nothing like arts and crafts to help stimulate their little minds. So many different objects from home can be used to make a great educational project. This tutorial shows you how to take items from your home in order to make the ocean in a bottle. Enjoy!

How To: Make a singing Mr. Chin

The Professor of Silliness returns with some paper. Follow this simple example to turn your face upside down and make a singing puppet. just draw a necktie on a regular sheet of paper and trim the collar accordingly. Place two little eyes on your chin. Now here's the difficult part. You have to hang upside down and hold the paper necktie up to your chin, covering your nose. Now you sing, or lipsink, to your favorite songs, as the adorable songbird, Mr. Chin.

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: Teach your kids to draw a fish

This video shows the viewer how to teach their children to draw a cartoon style fish. The video is literally a tutorial showing a young woman teaching a group of children. She does this by using simple shapes, which children already know how to draw, to build up the bigger fish. She starts with an oval shaped body and a tail. She then adds two eyes and a line for a mouth before finishing with fins and stripes. Finally she colors her fish in before showing the children’s efforts.

How To: Make a coin tray for Father's Day with Crayola

Some Dads, or brothers or grandfathers, jingle lots keys and coins in their pockets. Give them a hand for their pocket change and car keys with this one-of-a-kind tray. Learn how you and your child can make a nifty tray for keys and coins with this arts and crafts tutorial from Crayola. You will need Crayola Color Surge paper and markers, Crayola Color Explosion black paper and markers, scissors, glue, and your hands. Dad will love this homemade gift for Father's Day. With this how to video y...

How To: Craft a princess tiara with your kids

Spend some time with your little princess this weekend and incorporate a fun arts & crafts project into your weekend activities! In this Simple Kid's Crafts tutorial, learn how to make a simple princess tiara. This activity is perfect for little girls age kindergarden and up. Let your little girl feel like the princess she is, by adorning this sweet handcrafted princess tiara made by none other but herself and her parent.

How To: Make a rocket out of Mentos and Diet Coke

To make a rocket our of Mentos and diet coke, you are going to need a 2 liter of diet coke, three Mentos, a screw, and a magnet. First, thread all three Mentos on the screw and set aside. Next, open up the bottle of coke. Take the head of the screw and place it inside the bottle cap. After that, put the magnet on top of the cap to hold the screw in place. Now very carefully, screw the cap onto the bottle making sure not to prematurely drop the Mentos in. After the cap is secure, remove the ma...

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 a water bottle rocket using hairspray

This video shows how to make a bottle rocket using hair spray and a plastic Propel bottle (or a bottle with a small hole in the cap). First, unscrew the cap on the plastic bottle. Then take the cap from the hairspray, and spray directly into the cap for about ten seconds. You then pour the hairspray from the cap and into the bottle. After replacing the plastic bottle's cap, hold the bottle slightly downward so the hairspray goes towards the cap, and spray a little bit on the outside of the ca...

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: 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 Barbie Headbands

Barbie is all set to go for her party. With her sparkling dress, she is going to intoxicate everyone. The only thing that would add to this, would be Barbie accessories. So why not make some beautiful headbands for Barbie that would add more grace to her attire. This video is for all who love dressing up their dolls.

How To: Craft a homemade jump rope with your kids

In this video, we learn how to craft a homemade jump rope with your kids. You will need: 2 think plastic containers, a heavy rope, and scissors. First, take your plastic containers and cut a hole in the bottom of each of them with the scissors. After this, place your rope through the inside of each one. Tie a knot at the end of each side of the rope so it's thick enough that it won't go through the hole you just made. After this pull the rope down and now you will be able to use it as a jump ...

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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.

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.

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