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Topic by lbailey825 | last reply
Hey this is Brett. I have something that's extremely important for you to know. You need to READ with your KIDS! You need to do it regularly! You need to do it at the same time each day! It's been proven that kids who are read to by a parent can read better, earlier! In this day and age far too many kids are dropped off at a daycare and plopped in front of a TV set. I remember the good old days, growing up on the farm. As a four year old I remember settling down with Mom in front of our wood-burning stove. I would stare at the dancing flames as Mom would read "Dick and Jane" to me. The older children would do something constructive like a jigsaw puzzle or draw pictures at the kitchen table. Dad would sit off to one side of the room and carve us some small animal figures out of walnut. Thinking back to those days really brings back those feelings of warmth and security. It tears my heart out to think about my grandchildren and what they might have to look back on. Instead of the glow of a cheery fire and the safety of Mom's lap. They might look back and only remember the cold glow of the computer screen and the uncaring embrace of a beanbag chair. Once again, Please. Please read to your children. This really works! Books on tape just don't cut it. I read to my own children every night from the books they picked out. They've grown up now and are starting their own families. I hope that they'll think back to their nights with Dad and pass on this tradition of reading to their kids. Thanks, Brett.
Topic by DELETED_Brett Briner | last reply
Hi. I'm a recently retired Magician/Ventriloquist, now focussing on assisting young magicians and beginners on the road to greatness. In my Instructables, I'll be presenting videos on how a trick looks, as well as how the trick works. We'll be concentrating on easy to do magic with simple items, so there'll be no need to purchase expensive magical gear. I welcome your questions, thoughts and suggestions. The aim is to provide as much advice and information as you need. Whether you're beginner or advanced, please feel comfortable to contact me with your problem, good news or just for a chat. I also welcome parents of interested youngsters to contact me for any advice or information that may be required. My sole ambition is to provide help where needed, to progress magicians along their chosen path. Further detail on who I am and what I do can be found at: http://bobedazzler.wixsite.com/learnmagicsecrets
Topic by kidsmagic | last reply
I would like help figuring out how to make this special type of clock . I need some for my daughter, but don't want to shell out the $30 plus dollars for each one. It is basically counting down time in a visual way for children who are too young to understand numbers counting down. I know there are computer based ones online, but it is not always convenient to have the computer on. Thanks for any help! Karl
Topic by karling | last reply
MISS PERSONA AND THE MARVELOUS MELODIES is an independently produced children’s webseries that focusses on educating by entertaining with a special focus on exposure to different styles of music. The series follows Miss Persona and her puppet counterpart George as they encounter everyday lessons like how to eat healthy or treating those different from you with respect. The show is presented in a “live action cartoon” style inspired by shows like Looney Tunes, Sesame Street, and Mr Dressup. Please watch, share, review!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKS4Z8yzYg8
Topic by misspersona | last reply
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Topic by sonyaiagord
The Girls Scouts are hosting an Earth Day event that is about preparedness and the skills needed to be a survivor. I'm trying to create stations or booths with different skills for students and adults to try or learn. For example, one station will be learning knots. Another station will have simple materials for participants to make a makeshift shelter. I need ideas that are fairly simple to teach or show at that stations that can be done in less than 10 minutes. I'm also interested in a game. Thank you.
Topic by tillytoo9 | last reply
Ian Culhane won $10,000 for designing a 7-foot-tall toy roller coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old."It's money for college," the aspiring engineer from Olympia, Wash., said Thursday about the savings bond.Ian's creation was on display at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K'NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa.The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was 4, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest.Ian began the project last summer, using 6,000 plastic parts from his collection of 15,000 to assemble the roller coaster, which runs through the body of a dragon.Two months ago, his parents packed it up and shipped it off for the contest. Just recently, his parents told him he won."It was like, whoa! Huh? I didn't think I'd win, 'cause there were so many other good ones," he said.A panel of judges comprised of K'NEX employees selected semifinalists based on the creativity, uniqueness and detail of the projects. It had to be made exclusively from K'NEX parts.An online vote determined 10 winners and Joel Glickman, an inventor with the toy company, chose Ian as the grand prize winner. The nine others each won $1,000 savings bonds.In New York for the first time, Ian, his 14-year-old sister and their parents stayed at a hotel he called "pretty fancy for us. We always stay at a Motel 6."While he was disappointed he couldn't spend any of the prize money, his father, a hydrogeologist, gave him $100 to spend at a toy store.What will he buy? More plastic building parts.link
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I'm thinking about making a tesla coil with my gang of kids. We have done experiments with inductance (made a motor) and capacitance (Leyden jar). Oddly enough I'm slightly nervous dealing with that amount of voltage. Any thoughts?
Topic by abugslife99 | last reply
I will be checking periodically for abuses of this, but I have set the permissions to allow all of the group members to be able to add any relevant instructables that you see while browsing around.
Topic by jauncourt
My two year old outgrew her "Princess Toddler bed" and it was time to move her to a regular bed. She has gone from Cradle, to interim playpen, to crib, to fire truck toddler bed (because it was the one with the highest sides we could find when she started jumping out of her crib at 10 months), then to princess bed.. Even though the rest of our house is decorated using modern decor, I really wanted to keep the "French" theme I did when I originally setup her nursery... Because this was her 6th bed, the thought of spending $899 and up for a bed in this category (and not even made out of wood) I got discouraged and decided to buy an inexpensive IKEA bed. When I arrived at IKEA and started looking through the options, again I decided to hold off and not buy anything. As I was leaving the store, I found various items on sale. One of the items was an unfinished bed, for $30!!!! The bed was low to the ground like we needed it. The unfinished wood was not something I wanted, but for $30 I could live with it. At home depot, I purchased decorative wood applique's for the headboard and the foot board ($12 for both). On my way to the cash register I discovered that home depot sells pre-fab unfinished table legs. These legs would make perfect posts for a bed!!! I glued the appliques, screwed and glued the legs in. Then I went online and ordered Milk Paint (non-toxic, no smell, natural paint) in cream and also in white... A few days later it arrived, and I was able to paint the entire bed in about 2 hours (with re-coats). I am very happy with the results. Her room is "a work in progress, her bed is done.
Topic by SniperEve | last reply
Ok, So I am a tinkerer Last month we we're at the Lake and my 5 YearOld and my 4 YearOld decided that they want a BOAT.. So being the Father that I am, Became flooded with giving MY kids a boat unlike anyone's. SO Began the Brain Storm. Picked up a Cheap "BROKEN" Trolling motor, and a Toy Sandpit from a friend.. SANDPIT holds water, Must hold OUT water as well... Want to build small "Transom" out of PVC fittings that will fit snugly in Aft. Also would like to fashion a way to use the Steering wheel, that I don't have yet... to Either turn the Motor or Manipulate a Rudder of some Sort.. Also a Throttle set up unfortionitely to turn the throttle into the forward position it turns Clockwise.. not counter clockwise, which would allow me to mount it somehow on the right side, Like a Real boats Throttle control.. have some Thick HDPE Sheeting, that molds fairly well when heated.. and Also the Trolling motor... Pictures Included.. Please ANY Ideas would be Greatly Appreciated.. My Son and Daughter want a TUGBOAT, which thankfully this lends itself to PERFECTLY!!!!
Topic by exerp | last reply
My son is 6 year old and he still loves his cozy coupe...but he is too tall for it and has to ride side saddle with his legs hanging out the door. LOL I would love to figure out a way to raise it up so that he could still ride in it normally. Has anyone done this? Why don't they make a bigger version for older kids? I want to keep my son playing outside as much as possible before the videogame bug bites him.
Topic by bearcat73 | last reply
I have a question, do any of you have any method for interactive bedtime stories? When I come home from work, and it's late, Molly's already slowly getting ready to sleep. I read her stories, we watch cartoons together, but it probably is not the best way to spend time the evening together. I don't want to play with my kid in activities that envolve motion, because I know that even after 15 minutes, Molly will awaken and will never go to sleep.
Topic by Fewolow | last reply
Pirate ship bedroom? Shiver me timbers! Designer Steve Kuhl used 2x12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. "But that's not all. The room is also decked out with a rope bridge that connects the pirate ship to the top of a jail cell, and a rope suspended from the ship's hull provides drop-in access to the closet. There's also a completely hidden spiral slide, that lets you travel downstairs in a more adventurous way." Check out this pirate ship bedroom, there's 14 pictures that show the bedroom from all angles and even a computer model that illustrates the spiral slide. via: mymodernmet.com
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Question by karladon1 | last reply
I volunteer for Sonoma County 4-H and want to do electronic kits for our kids, ages 9-12. Please recommend any electronic kits that kids of that age may do (with parents help) and would be fun to use. For example, the Simon kit from Sparkfun is a great project for kids, whth some help from parents.
Topic by phatguppy | last reply
Karroo Kids were given bouncy pogo balls that they sit on with handles. On which they bounced endlessly. Both now have 1 puncture each (oddly enough, not underneath). Patching with motorcycle/car patches was a bust and did not adhere. I assume the balls are made of vinyl. Unfortunately I am more than familiar with fixing (to the sound of tears) a favourite R5 cheap Chinese import toy with an R80 tube of specialized glue. (while the expensive "cool" toy go ignored! )! Any suggestions?
Question by Karroo Oakey | last reply
How many black rods does the knex ball factory have?
Question by sprout_less | last reply
A great website is is guildonbooks.synthasite.com. It's a website made by a kid for kids. All you have to do is email the creator at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do then you can share ideas and recommendationd and be a part of the guild! I did and she does NOT use your email address for spams. So try it out or tell your kids!!!!!
Topic by crizzsavo
A new report shows that bunk beds may be pretty dangerous things that can lead to broken toes, bloody noses, ceiling fan entanglement (!), falls, strangulation and more fun things. Thinking back on my own experience growing up on the top bunk as a kid and in school dorms, I think I can claim about three of those injuries. But it was fun and sometimes we combined the injuries like the time I pushed a kid off the top of a bunk (an accident, I swear) and as he was falling off he chucked a plastic squirt gun and nailed me in the forehead making me bleed all over the place.He landed on a cushion and I proudly went to the hospital. Good times.Well, here at Instructables HQ we have our own bunkbeds for interns and visitors and so far there have been no accidents. But, as this study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio seems to say, it's only a matter of time before we add to the 36,000 reported injuries a year. Link
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Hi, I am a public school teacher in the Atlanta area. I am desperately seeking sites where my students can download free images. squirrelnet directed me to your site for a toilet paper mummy. However, I cannot use your great pictures there because there is a man on a motorcycle with his middle finger raised. Is there any portion of your site where I can direct my students to a "safe zone?" I don't think that picture, although cute for the adult crowd, is really necessary. The other photos are spectacular. Here we are, just public school teachers, trying to get a little help. Don't condemn me for being "fussy." I am the least fussy person you could meet, but keeping my job means finding safe stuff on the internet for my students. And remember, most of you owe your jobs to a set of caring teachers. Optomistic teacher
Topic by juliannemay | last reply
Hi, new here so please bare with me.....long story cut short. My Grandson is five years old and I thought it would be great, and get him to sleep quicker at night, if I could come up with some method of playing MP3 stories. I know, CD player, etc. nope, at five years old they want to take EVERYTHING apart. So no mains leads, CDs, etc. What I came up with was buy a simple and cheap (£2.99) MP3 player off ebay, pair it with a small battery powered speaker (£5.99) and away we go.....doh! Both items are amazing and just right for the job BUT both are battery powered (will go flat after he falls asleep and they are left on) and two, they both have on-off switches underneath which stops me mounting them on a surface. Sorry this is going on so long....... What I thought of doing is getting a loooooooong lasting battery source (would 9v last a lot longer) and bringing ing it down to 1.5v (x2 one feed for each device). Then it wouldn't matter if they were left on overnight a few times - or am I deluded. Or better still, can anybody please advise?
Topic by TN1946 | last reply
As part of my training as a children teacher I'm making music instruments out of recycled materials (scrapwood, left over bottles...) I have made 4 of these cigarbox guitars. Now I want to paint them but have absolutly no idea what colors to chose. Included you see a picture of the guitar I made. So give me some idea's :) Remember the kids I'm currently teaching are 10 years old but if possible I would like something that children ages 6-12 all will like. Also no fads like pokemon or something, I want something that I don't need to repaint every year to keep up with the trends ;) Thanks in advance :) Michel
Question by MichelMoermans | last reply
I would like to make a bar for my kids (age 4, 5, 8). I had one when I was young, it just folded up, very lightweight, but strong enough for me. It was just for flipping around on, hanging. Monkey bar type thing. Any ideas? electrical conduit pipe, pvc maybe with a rod inside? thanks!
Topic by dgnvsn | last reply
Theme is sports & movies but most events are simple, not really following theme. My task/direction was to supply a few guns and tape a target on bleachers/wall. Is that boring enough for you? I'd like to do something more...any ideas? (I had thought about 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Harry Potter'...and using Nerf guns as "training"- or Nerf swords to do something...Help.
Question by tillytoo9
Specifically teenage girls. 10-13. Right now I'm helping teach an after school program for middle school girls. We teach them about being healthy - eating right, having good body image, exercising properly, etc. We have very few volunteers, but next week it's just going to be me and the site leader. I called my mom to ask for advice, and she laughed and said she never figured any of this stuff out, but if she thinks of something, she'll call me. :P We have 20-30 girls depending on the day. Any ideas for keeping them focused and on task? This is really my first time working with kids where I'm in an authority position, so I do need a little help and encouragement. Normally I'm just on the sidelines helping out and not stepping in and telling people what to do! Any words of advice? :D
Topic by jessyratfink | last reply
I opened this to get some ideas for things to help pass time in school and make it more fun and exciting. I any kids or adults that know of anything I can make in school with basic materials such as. Pens,pencils,tape(scotch),string,pencil springs,ets. Please give us bored kids something to do in class.
Topic by timekiller | last reply