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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 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: 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 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 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: 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 toy boat and water mill

In this video series, our expert Katalin Toth will teach you how to do crafts with children. She will show you how to make a toy boat including how to paint the boat, glue the popsicle sticks, cu the popsicle sticks, and test the boat out in water. Katalin and her children will also teach you how to make a toy water mill including how to cut the popsicle sticks, how to add soil, and how to make a decorative star for the toy water mill.

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 Coke and Mentos rocket

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make "Coke" rocket. This process is very fast, easy and simple to do. The materials required for this project are a 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola and a pack of Mentos candy. Begin by sliding off the cover of the Mentos stick and drop it into the 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola. Place on the cap of the bottle and shake it. Now slightly open the cap until you hear the soda fizzing. Then slam the bottle onto the ground and watch the bottle fly into the air....

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: Teach children to be gentle

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach children to be gentle. If children are in a setting with other kids, arguments will arise. If a child happens to try to harm another, you will need to tell that child that it hurts the other one if you harm them. Tell them that it's not nice and that they need to say they are sorry for not being gentle. Tell them that it is a nice thing to be gentle with other people and they will make friends by doing this. This will help your child be gentle and make ...

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 cute origami dog with your kids

Looking for a fun kids' activity? Have a little bit of spare time and paper to match? Make a paper dog with origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own canine from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper puppies yourself, take a look!

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...

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