Hot Family How-Tos

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 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 a stadium seat

The sports fan in your family will definitely appreciate the awesome gift idea from this how-to video! Use some duct tape and stuffing to make this super stadium cushion. Watch this video activity tutorial and learn how to make a stadium seat. Make a stadium seat.

How To: Craft a magnet boat with your kids

In this video, we learn how to craft a magnet boat with kids. You will need: a paper clip, a small triangle piece of foam, 1 magnet, 1 recycled stick, 1 recycled popsicle stick 1 bead, and a hot glue gun. First, attach the toothpick to the bead, then glue the triangle to the top of the toothpick. Next, cut 1/4 of the popsicle stick and attach the sail to the middle of the popsicle stick and use the paperclip the make it stay on the bow. Now, place the boat in water and attach a magnet to the ...

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.

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: Craft a simple shell necklace with your kids

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a simple shell necklace with your kids. To make this, you will need: a sea shell, a hot glue gun, and a necklace string. First, tie your string into a knot at the end of it. Next, grab your shell and apply glue with the hot glue gun to the inside base of it. Now, press the knot that you just made onto the glue in the shell. Let this set up until the glue is completely dried, and you're finished! You can apply more glue to the top if you want a more secur...

How To: Make an easy toilet paper roll octupus

Children's minds contain so much potential, it can be a bit tricky to come up with different and fun activities. This tutorial gives a helping hand by showing you how to make a cool looking and easy to create toilet paper roll octupus. Not only can kids be as creative as they want, but it keeps them busy for hours. Enjoy!

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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: Use a nursing cover for breastfeeding

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a nursing cover to breastfeed a baby. This process is very easy, fast and simple to do. It allows the mother to have more privacy when feeding her baby, without having to wear any special nursing clothes or go to somewhere private. The nursing cover simply goes over the mother's head like a apron. People everywhere will not be able to see the mothers nursing, but she can still see everything as she looks down. This video will benefit those view...

How To: Massage a baby's teething gums

How to massage a baby's teething gums in four easy steps. Use the pad of your fingers to rub in a circular motion all along the gum line. You can do this both inside and outside the mouth. When you do it inside the mouth, use the pad of your finger and just rub it all over the gum. Rub the baby's gum back and forth. Rub the bottom gum, front of the gum and the top of the gum. Just rub all around the gum and you might also feel if there's a teeth coming out.

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 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: 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: 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...

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