Ever have one of those ideas that worked out better in your head than it did in reality? I had one of those for a kids’ activity. Pinterest inspired me to try painting some river rocks. Find some rocks, spray paint them white, give kids some inspiration, and go! Read more
On time and under budget to boot! Work tasked me with making five prize wheels. I estimated it’d cost $50 to do and got the go-ahead. Approximately it cost me:
- $10 for the mdf to make the wheels
- $6 for the dowel for the clicker
- $10 for the hardware
- $10 for the wood for the stands
- Free! for the clicker (just a strip of plastic cut from a lettuce box)
It’s that time of year! Christmas! I have put together a tutorial on how to make some quick snowflake decorations. This is a great activity for kids and adults, and can be used as decorations for the tree, gifts to be given, even little tiny add-ons for your presents. It is quick and simple, cheap, and awesome for last-minute ideas.
You will need:
- Sheet of acrylic
- available at most hardware and surplus stores. I used stuff 3mm thick.
- Access to a laser cutter
- often found at Makerspaces, some Libraries, Universities, and the occasional local service provider. I am a member at Kwartzlab (a Makerspace in Kitchener).
- Inkscape installed on your computer
- or any other vector editing software (Inkscape is free and Open Source)
- Access to the Snowflake Generator site
- Colourful permanent markers (I’ve used Sharpies without issue)
- Glue gun and glue stick
Time for another fun kid-friendly tutorial! This time, we are going to make a pull-back airplane! Pull-back all the things!
Consumables needed include:
- 1 popsicle stick
- 1 elastic
- 1 paperclip
- 1 straw
- 1 small ball of Plasticine, clay, play dough, whatever
- duct tape
- 1 styrofoam tray (15 cm x 21 cm pictured here)
I got to check one off the bucket list the other day.
With all the LRT construction in #KWAwesome, it was inevitable that I become obsessed with trains, as I am a six year old boy at heart. Most days I drive and/or walk through some of the LRT construction, watching the changes slowly take shape over the days, weeks, months. Read more
I was recently was bitten by the knitting bug, and I have just got it out of my system. I have knitted before, but I find the process too simple and repetitive and have a hard time relaxing (if something is too repetitive I get stressed out, I prefer a little variety/challenge to my simpler tasks). Plus, knitting with needles make my hands cramp easily. However, I taught myself how to knit hats with a loom, and I found it had just enough variety to its simple tasks that it became quite enjoyable.
The most striking thing I noticed, however, was how knitting with a loom was so similar to another activity, which may be familiar to parents of young children: Rainbow Loom! Read more
You just need to know where to look. Read more
Today, I am going to demonstrate how to make a simple electric motor. This is a great activity for kids and adults, on rainy days or for science fairs. I’ve done this one with kids aged 8-12 ish, but it is a good all-ages activity, depending upon the amount of preparation you can do in advance, as well as the amount of help you are able to give while running the activity. Read more
The other day, as my kids were playing together upstairs, my youngest almost accidentally discovered how to slide down the stairs on his old crib mattress. The kids had made a fort of the entire second floor in our house, and used the crib mattress to block the stairs. When they were cleaning up, I discovered my youngest jumping on the crib mattress while it was perilously perched on the top step. For a split second, after I had realized the danger my son was in, I thought “Wow, that looks like it might be fun. Or dangerous. Or both.” Then I quickly shooed him away. Read more