Hot Family How-Tos

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: 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...

How To: Make flowers out of pipe cleaners

This video will show you how to make flowers out of pipe cleaners. To start you'll need five pipe cleaners. The video shows the basic steps of connecting the first two pipe cleaners by twisting together the ends. Then pipe cleaners are bunched together and wrapped by another pipe cleaner. This creates the petals and the stem that extends downwards. After the petals and stem are shaped correctly, a green pipe cleaner is wrapped around the yellow stem to give it a realistic green appearance. Fi...

How To: Make a no-sew, fancy kids' pocketbook

Jane O'Connor, author of the Fancy Nancy books, joins Martha to make fancy, no-sew pocketbooks for kids. Materials needed are wool felt, fabri-tac glue, hand punch, boa, necklace, or scarf (for handle) plastic rhinestones, butterflies, and flowers (optional). You will also need a template which you will find on the article part of the video. Make a no-sew, fancy kids' pocketbook.

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: 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: 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: Breastfeed

In this video, we learn the basics of breastfeeding and how to do it. Breastfeeding is natural and it helps connect the mom to her baby and give proper nutrition to the baby during the most critical months of their life. You will first need to start a technique of hot to breastfeed the baby and what works best for you. You may need to have a midwife help guide you or a counselor to help you learn how to breastfeed properly. You want to position your baby so their head properly hits the right ...

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 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: Teach your child to swim in the bathtub

In this vintage clip from the American Red Cross, learn how to teach your little tyke to swim in the bathtub. This clip from 1961 seems pretty hilarious these days but actually includes some useful tips on getting your little guy or gal used to water and the feeling of having it on their face. So, if you don't have access to a pool or ocean or just can't wait for the warm weather to start lessons, check out this video and get your kid started learning in your own tub today.

How To: Craft a pom-pom chicken with your kids

In a world filled with video games, arts and crafts is more important than ever. It's important to make sure kids are getting the right stimulation needed to help them later on in life. This video tutorial helps not only achieve that, but give them a great toy to play with as well. Find out how to make cool looking pom-pom chicken from scratch. Enjoy!

How To: Make 'frog skin' or 'gak'

Chris Giorni, Mr. Science with Tree Frog Treks, demonstrates how to make simulated frog skin. To make the simulated frog skin, you will need glue, water, borax laundry powder and food coloring. First, add a pinch of the powdered borax to water and dye it green using the food coloring. Next, water down the glue and place it on a plate. Add the borax solution to the plate. Mix the compound with your fingers. It will quickly form a long chain polymer or sticky frog skin. Frogs breathe through th...

How To: Change a baby's pocket cloth diaper

Cloth diapers save you money and are more environmentally friendly than plastic ones. Despite these benefits, they are scary to use for beginners. This tutorial will show you just how easy it is to change a baby's cloth diaper and avoid a mess. Once you master this technique you will never go back to disposable again!

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: 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: 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: 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...

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