Laser cut snowflake activity

Laser cut snowflake activity

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

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You may already know how to knit

You may already know how to knit

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

How to build a simple electric motor

How to build a simple electric motor

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

Kids have the best ideas

Kids have the best ideas

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