Instructables: exploring - living - kids - kids - featured Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:42:01 PDT BLOX v1.01 Outdoor Kids Activity: Spray Bottle Painting GlutenFreeMama This is a REALLY fun outdoor activity for kids of all ages!!   It is inexpensive, not too messy, and perfect for those times when someone says "I'm bored!"   It never gets old either....we have done this over and over again, and its still just as fun! What you'll need: Washable tempera paint (I ...
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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:02:11 PDT
No Cook Play Dough
No Cook Play Dough - More DIY How To Projects]]> amalkhan Play dough is the stuff childhood is made out of. Even better if the child could make the play dough! With this no cook recipe, you could have a pint-sized assistant make this half-pint of wonderful dough! Some interesting facts about this play dough recipe: because of the amount of salt used, i...
By: amalkhan

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:48:13 PDT
Children's Yard Stick Growth Chart
Children's Yard Stick Growth Chart - More DIY How To Projects]]> mikemehak This instructable is WAY longer than needed, but that's part of the fun of making these things. The thing about kids is they grow. And they also enjoy tracking how much they grow. The problem with being adults, is that we sometimes have to move. While a door jam or behind a door is often a good...
By: mikemehak

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Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:00:55 PST
Dinosaur Toothbrush Holder
Dinosaur Toothbrush Holder - More DIY How To Projects]]> Bannockburn My son is a dinosaur fanatic like a lot of young kids. He also doesn't do a very good job of remembering to brush his teeth or keeping his bathroom nice and tidy. So, I made this toothbrush holder from a cheap dinosaur and both of these things have been remedied. I don't remember seeing this befo...
By: Bannockburn

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Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:41:09 PST
Child Tags
Child Tags - More DIY How To Projects]]> amalkhan What do you do when you lose a child in a crowded area? Besides for losing your mind and subsequently, your temper when you find said lost child, its time to become proactive by preparing your non-verbal or nearly non-verbal child(ren) with identification information secured to their clothing or s...
By: amalkhan

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:28:49 PST
"You're out of this world!" Kids Valentines
"You're out of this world!" Kids Valentines - More DIY How To Projects]]> DeandrasCrafts My son wanted to give something other than candy for his Valentine's Day cards. We checked one of my favorite sites together, and sure enough, he picked this valentine, because he wanted to give a bouncy ball to all his friends. This valentine was pretty cool to make, but I admit, I did all th...
By: DeandrasCrafts

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:34:43 PST
Silly Putty
Silly Putty - More DIY How To Projects]]> amalkhan That weird sensory stuff kids and adults alike get a kick out it. Even if you don't like to admit how fun it is to play with, silly putty's bizarre texture and chemistry is definitely therapeutic. Well, who knew you could make it out of three simple ingredients you probably already have lying around...
By: amalkhan

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Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:59:46 PST
Cloud Dough
Cloud Dough - More DIY How To Projects]]> amalkhan Let me introduce you to an extra 15 minutes of your life you didn't know were there because your kids monopolize any free moment you can manage. Two words. Cloud Dough. We should really rename it to Cloud 9 Dough, because while they'll be having a sensory blast with the dough, you can sit back and r...
By: amalkhan

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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:11:31 PST
No-Sew Finding Nemo Clownfish Costume
No-Sew Finding Nemo Clownfish Costume - More DIY How To Projects]]> canida My daughter loves Finding Nemo, so when she asked to go trick-or-treating as Nemo, with her dad dressed as Marlin, I whipped up these super easy no-sew clownfish costumes from orange hoodies, some cheap felt, and hot glue! They really are easy, I promise: the hardest part is sourcing an orange hood...
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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:58:39 PST
Mason Jar Turned Sippy Cup
Mason Jar Turned Sippy Cup - More DIY How To Projects]]> amalkhan Mason jars have many uses, and here's one more to add to that ever expanding list! Now hipster toddlers can chat legos at the playground while sipping juice! Glass (read: non-plastic) food and beverage containers for kids are becoming increasingly popular. So lets hack our own version from items th...
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Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:53:59 PST
Vertical Wind Tunnel for Kids' Toys and Balls
Vertical Wind Tunnel for Kids' Toys and Balls - More DIY How To Projects]]> ewilhelm For my 4-year-old's birthday party, I built a wind tunnel for her and her friends to "test" the flight characteristics of stuffed animals, balls, toys, and anything else that fit into the 4-inch diameter tube. Powered by an air pump (normally used for a bouncy house), the tunnel was oriented vertica...
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Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:58:40 PST
D.I.Y. Thermocol Stamps
D.I.Y. Thermocol Stamps - More DIY How To Projects]]> Muhaiminah Faiz This instructable will show you how to make stamps using thermocol sheets. These stamps are easy and fun to make. I didn't realize until I stamped one to see how it turns out, that the thermocol sheet stamps give a cool smudgy pattern. Try making some right away, you'll have fun for sure! Lets star...
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Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:28:36 PDT
Kid friendly bamboo geodesic dome
Kid friendly bamboo geodesic dome - More DIY How To Projects]]> manuka Everyone loves domes- ESPECIALLY kids! The devil in their construction however relates to visualising their assembly (often not easy - even for adults!),organising cost effective materials and securing the struts! Here's a simple 1V version that uses bamboo slid into black garden irrigation hose of...
By: manuka

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Sun, 6 Oct 2013 03:52:09 PDT
Fairy Door
Fairy Door - More DIY How To Projects]]> Scarydad Make a Fairy Door to let the Little People in and out!  My daughter loves this. One day we were at the Renaissance Festival and saw these for sale. Of course, I said, "I can do that! Materials: 1/2" Plywood 1/8" Plywood Hinges Wooden furniture button Reflective scrapbook paper or foil Paints Wood...
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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:25:36 PDT
Little Tikes Chalkboard Table
Little Tikes Chalkboard Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> Jessie Marie To a kid, his or her Little Tikes table is where everything happens: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, playtime, and homework. Why not bring more function to your little one's table by adding a chalkboard top for notes and doodling? Chalkboard spray paint is an extremely useful invention that is begi...
By: Jessie Marie

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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:39:40 PDT
Parasol Yurt Fort
Parasol Yurt Fort - More DIY How To Projects]]> Renard_Bleu This super easy fort will provide some fun shelter for your little ones in the summer heat; whether in the back yard or on the beach. It is basically composed of a parasol with some sheets pinned along the edge of the brim. The finished construction resembles the traditional nomadic Mongolian home c...
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Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:42:51 PDT
Bread Beads - Jewelry Made out of Bread
Bread Beads - Jewelry Made out of Bread - More DIY How To Projects]]> DeandrasCrafts A surprising success, the beads you see strung on my daughters necklace were made out of white bread and glue. Yes, white bread and glue. I confess I didn't think this would work. Unlike many of my other instructables, this one DID NOT start from a Pinterest pin.  I saw it in a women's magazine a...
By: DeandrasCrafts

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Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:08:16 PDT
Easter or Picnic Basket
Easter or Picnic Basket - More DIY How To Projects]]> makedo-able Here’s a creative Easter project that’s sure to keep you and the little ones busy these holidays. Find some boxes and make this basket to store all the treats you find along your Easter hunt. We constructed it using Makedo tools which you can find here Gather materials To create t...
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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:10:44 PDT
DIY Kids Whiteboard with Side Opening DeandrasCrafts One of my latest creations for my children were these easy, relatively inexpensive and portable whiteboards. What kids don't LOVE whiteboards?  It's like an etch-a-sketch (a toy from back in my day) but cooler because you can actually control the drawing device where you want it to go. The primary...
By: DeandrasCrafts

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:08:35 PST
21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend scoochmaroo We know you cherish your time with your kids, but sometimes you just need flashy doohickeys and throw-able doodads to capture their attention. has your back. Buy yourself precious quiet time this weekend with over 20 projects guaranteed to engage and amuse even the most active of c...
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Mon, 6 Dec 2010 14:55:58 PST
Recycled Crayons for Valentine's Day Kid's Craft
Recycled Crayons for Valentine's Day Kid's Craft - More DIY How To Projects]]> BounceyBunny It is my 4-year-old daughter’s first year in preschool, which means it’s the first time she gets to hand out Valentine’s Day gifts. After a considerable amount of searching for suitable craft ideas (since that’s much more fun than buying something pre-made from the store), I came across this excelle...
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Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:53:40 PST
Crafts for Kids scoochmaroo "Crafts for Kids" is a collection of 18 easy crafts to keep kids of all ages happily occupied and quiet for hours.  Learn how to make play-dough, magic wands, and tissue box guitars.  But watch out - you might find yourself having so much fun, you won't want to share the gluesticks!  All projects co...
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Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:04:39 PDT
The FunFort
The FunFort - More DIY How To Projects]]> velacreations All kids seem to like making dens, whether under furniture or trees, in little crooks or corners, with blankets or chairs - wherever and however they can. Our four year-old, Leo, is especially into “building”, having watched us construct our own home from the day he was born. He is constantly making...
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Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:19:11 PST
Gifts for Kids Penolopy Bulnick Kids toys are so expensive these days.  And have so many accessories that they don't need!  Avoid all of that this season and make your kid their present!  From simple to extraordinary, you'll find a great gift for your kid right here! null null null null null null null null null null...
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Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:46:34 PST
A kid's tote and what you will need to make it
A kid's tote and what you will need to make it - More DIY How To Projects]]> dstoudt70 Kids like to haul stuff around.  If they have their own personal tote they can pick up the little things and, maybe, carry them back.   TOOLS Saw (crosscut or table) Rasp or router & bits (optional) Drill Bits 1" hole saw Ruler or tape measure Ratchet & sockets Vise or a good clamp and something to...
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Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:12:38 PDT
Cotton Ball Rocks
Cotton Ball Rocks - More DIY How To Projects]]> DeandrasCrafts My sweet children love to do crafts with me and when I have a spare hour - (said with a sarcastic tone and a smile) - I like to look up my Pinterest Board titled "To Do Another Day" and see if there is something I can throw together for my little ones to do. Unfortunately, not many crafts can be do...
By: DeandrasCrafts

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Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:36:06 PDT
Scoochmaroo Challenge: Kids Crafts scoochmaroo It's the last few days of summer.  How will you keep your kids entertained?  Share your fun kids' crafts with us for a chance to win these great new BonBons from Lion Brand Yarn!  Winners (alphabetical ord...
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Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:32:38 PDT
Stomp Rocket Base
Stomp Rocket Base - More DIY How To Projects]]> lebowski Stomp rockets are a lot of fun for the kids, but unfortunately the bases break way too easily. I think we've bought at least 3 of these and they barely last a couple of weeks before the base gets broken. So I decided to build one that wouldn't break. I'm a pretty big fan of PVC, so I knew what I wou...
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Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:04:07 PDT
Building a large sandbox with bench seat lids
Building a large sandbox with bench seat lids - More DIY How To Projects]]> audioguy666 This is a nice 4' x 4' sand box with lids that open to bench seating.  This was inspired by some other DIY projects I found.  I did this using all scrap materials. getting materials ready the list * 18 - 4' 2x4's  TOP AND SIDES *6 - 45" 2x4's   ENDS *4- 2' 2x4's    LID STRINGERS *4 - 9" 2x4's   ...
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Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:36:54 PDT
Chalk Board Jeans
Chalk Board Jeans - More DIY How To Projects]]> sunshiine I have been playing around with Chalk Board paint. I wanted to make something for the kids to enjoy before school starts. I hope this instructable will inspire them to create a pair of Chalk Board jeans! The paint is amazing to work with and has endless possibilities.  Supplies 1 Black Cha...
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Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:24:39 PDT
Pretend Camping With The Kids
Pretend Camping With The Kids - More DIY How To Projects]]> domestic_engineer Do your kids want to go camping? Does that sound like a terrible idea to you? Well, pretend camping is your solution!  You can now camp with the kids, with no packing, no driving, no paying for campsite rental, no questionable bathrooms, and you can sleep in your own bed.  Here's How!  My kids ar...
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Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:13:28 PDT
Quick and Dirty Easel for Kids fjordcarver Here is a quick way to have an art easel set up for two kids outside. It only takes a few minutes to put up and take down and uses stuff that you have lying around. All you'll need is a ladder, two old cardboard boxes, and some tape. Open the ladder, and then tape a cardboard box to each side of t...
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Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:25:19 PDT
Tie-Dye With The Kids
Tie-Dye With The Kids - More DIY How To Projects]]> domestic_engineer This Instructable will show you how to tie-dye, and how to do it with children, so that they have fun, and are proud of their work.  I have 4 kids, ages 6, 4, 2 and 2. They loved doing this project.  It kept them busy for a few hours over the course of two days.  Here are a few pointers in working ...
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Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:45:22 PDT
Float Legos in Your Liquid Soap Bottle DeandrasCrafts I saw an example of this on Pinterest, and of course, I thought to myself – I can make that! My oldest boy loves Lego’s and at first, he was hesitant to sacrifice a few of his blocks, but he changed his mind when he started to help make the bottle.  Too many times I knew he just turned on the water...
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Sat, 7 Jul 2012 18:16:57 PDT
How to create a hard-wearing knee patch for your kid's pants!
How to create a hard-wearing knee patch for your kid's pants! - More DIY How To Projects]]> projectsugru This Instructable was inspired by the lovely Ellen's post on gurus about How to save a favourite pair of trousers.  Thanks Ellen! The knees are always the first bit to go on kids pants - and it's a similar situation with the elbows on shirts. This project provides a fun and easy way to add knee or...
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Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:48:40 PDT
Doll Bed from Cardboard
Doll Bed from Cardboard - More DIY How To Projects]]> sakkidra Supplies: You will need the following things to get started. Box (I used a Postal one, but a Cereal Box or Cracker box could also work) Scrap Cardboard Utility knife or Craft Knife Tape, Masking or Gaff Pencil Paper Paint Material (for mattress cover) Scrap Soft Cell Foam (Mine is leftover from a ...
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Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:27:11 PDT
Easy Breezy Pinwheel Light
Easy Breezy Pinwheel Light - More DIY How To Projects]]> jessandstavro This fun & easy project will liven up a children's room or nursery. **disclaimer!**  If you are using incandescent light bulbs, please allow yourself PLENTY of space between light bulb and paper pinwheels! We use compact fluorescents, which give off little heat. Assemble your supplies I used an...
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Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:13:34 PDT
DIY (Design It Yourself) Doodle Pillowcase
DIY (Design It Yourself) Doodle Pillowcase - More DIY How To Projects]]> Carleyy Read your child a bedtime story while they let their imagination run wild on this doodle pillow case.   The doodle pillowcase  is a fantastic addition to any child's bedroom.  The notebook graphics are painted on with fabric paint. and drawing on the pillow with washable markers makes it easy to cle...
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Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:42:47 PST
Personalized Journal and Crayons
Personalized Journal and Crayons - More DIY How To Projects]]> jacqueline. Getting a small gift for an adult isn't too difficult. A box of candy, some candles. But what about kids? Sure, you can pick up a toy you think they might like, but there's so many toys out there, how do you know they don't already have it, or that it's something they'll like? So here's a gift you c...
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Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:14:15 PST
Make a Camera Backpack Out of a Box
Make a Camera Backpack Out of a Box - More DIY How To Projects]]> Solskinner We seem to have access to boxes and we try to reuse them in some way or another. Here is a groovy camera backpack we made out of a box and other materials we already had at home. The only thing we bought was the belt for $1.19. This is a great project for kids with an adult's help, not supervision,...
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Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:56:59 PST
Free Childrens Cardboard Box Playhouse (Flat-packable)
Free Childrens Cardboard Box Playhouse (Flat-packable) - More DIY How To Projects]]> CHARLESCRANFORD Children love a cardboard box playhouse.  Usually they are built, played with for an afternoon and then thrown away, or hopefully recycled.  This Instructable will show you how to make a playhouse that can be built using only two bicycle boxes, in about five minutes, that can be flat-packed for stor...

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Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:00:37 PST
MAKE YOUR OWN SCREAMING MANDRAKE! - More DIY How To Projects]]> pezzasaurus We recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, and our daughter spied an animatronic screaming mandrake plant in one of the store windows. She stood and stared for quite awhile with a big grin on her face. So i decided it would be fun to try to make one for her this Christmas on...
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Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:44:20 PST
Kids Minion Back Pack
Kids Minion Back Pack - More DIY How To Projects]]> mygibzone If you have kids who are "Despicable Me" fans here is a fun and functional gift that is cheep and easy to make. It's guaranteed to make you grin when you see them wear it too! Materials These are the materials you will need as well as notes concerning where to find them and approximate prices. A ...
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Sun, 18 Dec 2011 22:50:23 PST
Sweater Pie
Sweater Pie - More DIY How To Projects]]> supersoftdrink My kids love playing with their little toy kitchen and have some fake food to go with it.  Most of it is plastic. I had some scraps of felted sweaters left over from some other projects, and I figured I should start making them some softer play food. You will need: some kind of felt foam or othe...
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Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:41:50 PST
Homemade Finger Paints
Homemade Finger Paints - More DIY How To Projects]]> lmnopeas These homemade finger paints are super easy to make and totally non-toxic. As a matter of fact, this recipe is completely edible. No, it doesn't taste very good, but you don't have to worry if your little one accidentally digests some either, because it's completely harmless. Also, these are really ...
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Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:25:35 PDT
Solar garden lamp based pendant
Solar garden lamp based pendant - More DIY How To Projects]]> manuka Our early teen model, showing off her solar garden lamp based night light pendant ! These look very attractive and scope exists for kids to make a batch & sell them as "fashionable solar lamps" etc. A small profit could even be made -folks seem happy to pay ~$5 here here in NZ, especially if they co...
By: manuka

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Sun, 11 Sep 2011 00:07:04 PDT
Dirt Cake With Gummy Worms! adaya This is an excellent, very popular and easy to make cake that all the little kiddos (and some big kids) will LOVE!  INGREDIENTS : 1 large package of Oreo cookies 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup powdered sugar 3 cups milk 12 ounces Cool Whip (can us...
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Sun, 28 Aug 2011 10:38:32 PDT
Cardboard Boats
Cardboard Boats - More DIY How To Projects]]> Lissastrata Cardboard boats!  Fun for big and little ones alike.  Plus, if one of your nautical vessels should crash, sink, or float away to broader horizons, it isn’t a great loss (more of an opportunity to make some new ones). Supplies/Tools ·         Scrap cardboard ·         Scrap wax/candle...
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Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:53:17 PDT
Magnets & Magnet Board
Magnets & Magnet Board - More DIY How To Projects]]> Jesswilde My little girl loves to play with magnets while standing next to the fridge, so I decided to make her a bunch with a travel magnet board so she can play with them on the go!  This toy has come in handy multiple times - in the car, at church, at graduations, etc.  It is easy to stow and keeps her ent...
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Thu, 9 Jun 2011 21:57:22 PDT
Mass producing LED powering wind turbines in a kids workshop
Mass producing LED powering wind turbines in a kids workshop - More DIY How To Projects]]> masynmachien The Junior Wind Turbine project.                                                                                                                                                For my latest workshop in my daughter’s school I wanted to let the children each make a wind turbine. It wanted it to be fun...
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Sun, 1 May 2011 15:29:56 PDT