I'm having a man child!

Have two girls, and now there'll be a boy in 20 weeks. :) He's an instructables baby. Just followed the steps and *poof*. Anyhow, this proves I've not been damaged by exposure to X-rays at work. I'm glad about that. :) Yeah.

Posted by royalestel 10 years ago


Restoring a vintage child's pull-wagon. Anyone know where to get replacement wheels?

I am desperately looking for replacement vintage-style wheels for a pull-wagon that I'm restoring. It's in rough shape but all the bits are good except for two wheels which are beyond repair. I also have a strange old 3 wheel kick scooter that needs a wheel. I've scoured the 'net under every heading I can think of with no luck. Can anyone help? I need metal disc-type wheels like the ones in the photo. This is a pic of an old wagon I simply cleaned, waxed (including the wheels) and turned into a coffee table using a piece of tempered glass someone threw away.  I've since added those transparent little silicone "bumpers" on the corners to stop the top from sliding off.

Posted by zombateen 6 years ago


child's DIY mechanical toy panel

Once upon a time I saw a panel that had a light switch, receptacle and plug, screen door hinge and latch and other things a child could do to keep busy and learn while they are playing. Do you have any ideas of things we could add to the panel. It will not be electrified but could have some battery operated things. Something that makes sounds would be nice too.  This child is two and seems very interested in stuff like this. 

Posted by estherwaayenberg 1 year ago


Children's Electric Car

I started to build a pedal car for my granddaughter and fell victim to "Project Creep". What started off as a simple, standard style pedal car modeled on a Type 59 Bugatti grew to a 6' long soapbox style car that will need an electric motor to move it.  I am a DIY guy and i have the plans, materials lists (it will be wood) and motivation.  What I don't have is a parts list for the electrical components nor do i have any idea how big the motor should be, e.g. 500W, 750W,750 gigawatts.  I wish there was just a kit that had all the components from accelerator pedals, gears, motor and a way to connect the whole thing to the 16" bicycle tires.  I don't need it to go 20MPH (she'll be 4 by the time I'm finished) but i don't want flimsy - i tend to overbuild things: why use two bolts when three will do? So, the question is what do i need and where do i get it - the first part is the most important.  I promise i will document the whole project with pics and words from concept to test drive - but i need help.   

Posted by RBaderG 1 year ago


Rig something to prevent toddlers from reaching over table/counter lip

I'm trying to think of how to rig a simple form, maybe using an old refrigerator box, which would prevent a toddler from reaching over the lip of a table or counter. Does anyone have any ideas for this?

Posted by bluescrubby 4 years ago


Baby Quilt Kit, Tummy Time Quilt Kit, I Spy Quilt Kit

I have some kits to make the baby quilt featured in my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Tummy-Time-Baby-Quilt/The kit is $15 and includes all the blocks and border fabric, backing fabric, cotton all-natural batting, and printed instructions -- everything but the thread, needle, and sewing machine! There are some choices for backing fabric (yellow print, aqua print, purple print, etc.). The finished quilt measures about 36x36". The fabrics shown are the fabrics you will be getting; the only differences will be the color of backing fabric (on the back side of the quilt).Shipping: Choose either flat-rate priority mail or actual parcel post to your location (probably $5-10).

Posted by karenelisam 9 years ago


Please: How to remove the child-proofing from a candle (long nose) lighter?

Can someone please post instructions with pics on how to remove the child-proof annoyance on these lighters? Examples are the Handi Flame and Bic Multipurpose and Candle lighters. Thank you SO MUCH!

Posted by glamourd 1 year ago


One laptop per child?

So i saw this story on 60 minutes a couple days back. One story was on having one laptop per child. so they tested it in a 3rd world country. It seemed like a great idea.and no need for electricity to charge the laptop they had hand cranks for it which also seemed like a great idea. So do you think having one laptop per child is a good idea

Posted by Easy Button 11 years ago


Ideas on how to mount an iPad to a child's wheelchair?

Does anyone have any ideas for how to mount an iPad to a child's wheelchair...also making sure it is adjustable to be able to get the child in and out of the chair?  Also, any ideas on how to attach a stylus so that it doesn't get dropped or lost? As you can see from the picture, the way we have it isn't working out so well.  Thanks in advance!

Posted by mom2maddy 7 years ago


Thread replies are showing out of context

Timeline:  Ever since the update to the visual layout where the replies etc to are outlined with a fancy new box (handy feature) -- Symptom: The replies are showing as being to the wrong parent - as in they are embedding a level deeper to the wrong person.  I got a notification that I had received a reply (see attached) that the person had said "coolio!" to me, yet on examination, it renders as a child comment to AngryRedHead. I've noticed this ALL OVER, when live replying, it will show new comments as sibling level replies rather than child level replies.  ex: Parent thread. -->reply1 -->reply2 .....--->child reply to reply1  ..... = indent

Posted by frollard 8 years ago


Is Obama's Healthcare Plan Constituional?

Before you launch yourselves into a debate about politics, please read what I have to say, and only mention things relating to my question in your response. Thanks. I am a supporter of Barack Obama, but I was thinking about his mandatory insurance for children clause of the his health care plan, and it struck me as unconstitutional. Does the federal government have the power to mandate that insurance be bought for all people under the age of 18? The 9th and 10th amendments clearly assign all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the states and the people. Seeing as our constitution doesn't say anything about health care, or imply it, as far as I've seen, do they really have the power to mandate it? The thing is, i've never really seen this argument against socialized health care in the united states, am I missing something? Thanks! p.s. I plan on asking this same question to my American History teacher tomorrow, i'll let you all know what she says.

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


Sily child...Stun gun?

I don't know who to be more disappointed at... the Police, for reacting as such, or the kid for being dumb enough to bring it to a public school.http://www.abc6.com/news/rhodeisland/17283999.html

Posted by jongscx 10 years ago


Request for Toy Lead Test Instructable

There are constant reports of high lead levels in many toys, as well as new findings that lead is an even more dangerous neurotoxin than previously believed. Does anyone have the chemical background to devise a simple home test for lead levels in toys? My thoughts are that a number of toys would be place in a bathtub, and a leeching agent would be added which would dissolve some of any lead present. The dilute solution in the tub would then be tested by a standard home water supply lead test. This could possibly be a great service... Thanks!

Posted by bugmenotorelse 10 years ago


Unusually extatic N64 kid

Watch these great videos... they're great! (I think he likes his N64!)

Posted by The Jamalam 10 years ago


i want to decorate my child's room with a mural, but we're renting

It's a large chunk of wall. what to do? I'm worried that sticker decals will peel the paint of when removed and blu tack is easily removed by the 1 year old and could be eaten. any ideas?

Posted by wocket 8 years ago


Bic Lighter

Plz tell me how to mod this bic lighter so i dont have to use the silly little side child lock every time. (That square buuton on the side)P.S. Dont yell at me for smoking i just like burning stuff = ]

Posted by joelkemu 10 years ago


How to change a memory content

Hello! Ihave a singing toy for my little child and I want to change the content. I want to insert another melody, some different songs that my child loves a lot. How can I do?  There are little pcbs inside and I haven`t see any pin or microcontroller. Yhank you!

Posted by baicia 2 years ago


easy recharging method for child's toy

I want to use a rechargeable battery inside a toy, and I don't want to remove the battery for charging.  I'm looking for a simple and safe method for charging that a young child can do by themself.  Here are some thoughts I've had: wireless (such as with a qi pad) = Is there any way to actually keep this from getting hot?  I'm assuming the base would be always on, and the toy would be left on it all night or longer. solar = This requires a light or the sun to charge.  I'm considering putting the solar cell in the bottom of the toy and making a light base that it could be placed on, but I'd need some type of sensor or switch so it only lights when the toy is on it. metal contact pads = This would be easier than a plug since you'd only need to set the toy down, but can it be done safely?   Anybody have suggestions?  Thanks.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 2 years ago


Who?

Ok so I'm on youtube and i look up Zakk Wylde and theres a vid of him play "voodoo child" with slash! and i want you to say who you like better. Me myself and I like Zakk but remember slash does guns and roses and Zakk does BLS and Ozzy! so watch the vid of them playing "voodoo child" by the Great Jimi hendrix! and if you tube is blocked on your computer ill try to find it on google video!

Posted by Metal4God 11 years ago


Really?

 *sigh* lets see, a wii contest. How many people already own a wii for themselves. A lot! Wiifit...please, stop playing video games and get out more child! 

Posted by solarblade90 8 years ago


learning to make paracord bracelets need help please

I am to making these and It really intrested me. I have a special needs child and I would like to make a couple of them with charms on them. But I can't find them any where. Like the small silver plated ones. They don't cost that much. its for awareness. microcephaly, and one that says proud mother to a special needs child. I bought one and both of my kids want one and they are telling me what kind but I need help making them too.

Posted by mrsgoyco 5 years ago


What is a Solenoid Valve?

This Design Squad Nation animation shows how an electric current flowing in a coil produces a magnetic field. Explains how a solenoid uses a changing magnetic field to move a rod back and forth to do mechanical work, such as opening and closing a valve. For more Design Squad Nation visit our website.

Posted by designsquad 5 years ago


How's this for a DIY ride?

This Floridian chap has built his own powerboat -slash-submarine, based on a sketch he made as a child.Don't throw the scrapbooks away, kids.Link to Daily Mail article

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


attaching the prosthetic

One of the biggest challenges has been figuring out a low cost easy to DIY way to attach the prosthetic to the child's remaining limb. Please share any thoughts, information or ideas you might have.

Posted by CarliPierce 9 years ago


EL-Wire Stickman costume

Very cool idea, simple yet amazing - a "Stickman" made for a child, using EL-wire and black jumpsuit. Video preview here (http://youtu.be/GkBDRUO8hAo) Happy Halloween!

Posted by CrLz 4 years ago


Help needed to install small remote listening device in to a child's battery operated toy

Hi I'm new to this site, I need help in installing a small remote listening device (simcard type) into my child's toy, I already have the device and the toy which I'm going to use, the toy is battery operated, I just want to know how I would connect both items so listening device receives power from toy batteries. Listening device dose have its own power supply but it runs out of power after a few hours. can any one help

Posted by Alik112 5 years ago


Method or option for switching off the Irritating Site Jingle on every tab when signed in

As an instructables user signed thus I know how nice Instrutables used to be with out this child like Jingle on every tab ! Where is the option to turn this auto play jingle off please?

Posted by T3DT 1 year ago


BLE Transmitter+Receiver child locator?

Hi, I'm not sure where to start, my understanding of the components and tech are minimal at best. I know what I want to achieve and I believe it is a possible project. I'm looking for any advice even if it exists outside of my current knowledge. Essentially the idea is similar to this "lost child locator" product-  http://tinyurl.com/pd8goy7 or these t-shirts- http://tinyurl.com/mkm5b8k What I'm struggling with is how to carry out the concept without involving a smart phone. I'm looking for a larger range than 15M, multiple devices to respond to one-another, and for the watch to act as both transmitter and receiver. A simple LED indication is sufficient, no sound or vibration are necessary. I think BLE is the proper signal to work with but I don't want to involve smart phones at all. Compactness is a major plus, but ultimately I would settle for a mint tin or puck sized device. Everything would need to run on a small battery as well. The practical application of this project is for times when you're in a large crowd and you are looking for your group. If you had a watch tuned to your group, you could more easily track each other down if you knew someone was close. 

Posted by minion-chan 3 years ago


I can't reply to comments or answer questions

   I wanted to write it in the previous topic, but I can't post comments... which was the thing I wanted to comment on. A paradox...   It's really annoying and makes me look seriously rude, because I can't reply to the answers to my questions.

Posted by gruffalo child 7 years ago


Chemistry set DIY gas mantle?

I'm looking for some help tracking down a chemistry experiment I tried as a child and would like to replicate.  As I recall it involved dissolving a solid (perhaps limestone) in a liquid (possibly vinegar), soaking some cloth in the resulting solution and burning it over a flame when it dried.  The idea was that the cloth would burn away and leave a mesh of whatever it was, probably lime, that acted as a mantle.  I tried it as a child and had limited success (I was too impatient to get some appropriate cloth or wait for it to dry properly) and would like to try it now that I'm older and wiser older. If it does have to be limestone, any ideas how I can hold of small quantities without having to go to the local chalk quarry?

Posted by PKM 7 years ago


Please help me about my thesis.

Hello. I'm currently taking an Electronics course. I have a thesis. So here's my thesis idea.The purpose of my thesis is for children's safety. A child will have to wear a watch wherein it will send off signals continuously and when the receiver which is inside an extension receives the signals emitted from the child's watch it will trigger the outlet to switch off then the appliances plugged in that extension will be off. As for the extension I'm gonna put a relay circuit inside an extension wherein any appliances could be plugged in. My problem is what transmitter and receiver am I gonna use to trigger the circuit to switch off? Should I use Bluetooth? But it doesn't auto-connect as far as I know. Can I use Zigbee shield? Does it have transmitter and receiver? What microcontroller should I use? Please help me. :( Thanks in advance!

Posted by donottrack 4 years ago


Automatic baby cry detection

A friend of mine asked me today if I could help him construct an automatic crib for his newborn child. He wants to make a crib that automatically starts moving from side to side when crying sounds are detected. How do I make something to detect crying?! Where do I even start on this one.. ? :)

Posted by chr 10 years ago


Colored Rice Crafts

Add a splash of colorful to any room. These colorful rice creations were originally made as Easter egg decorations.  I don't see why this technique couldn't be used to make other fun decorations as well!!  A colorful rice alphabet would look nice on a child's wall. Find more cool sewing and craft tutorials on dana-made-it.

Posted by Carleyy 8 years ago


Are you a member of DIY.org?

Are you, or your child(ren), a member of DIY.org? If so, what do you think of it? Is it much of a community?  How many badges have you earned?  How many projects did you do to earn a badge? What do you think of the range of badges? Any other comments? Do you know of any similar sites?

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


Lily Allen made from Lilies

During my usual daily twitter/blog crawl I came across the following video, it reminds me somewhat of the well dressings I attended as a child. However I love the idea of making Lily Allen with Lilies! Produced for the Flower Council of Holland Here is a video showing off a time lapse of the the whole thing. Enjoy. via tomandsteve

Posted by gmjhowe 7 years ago


Can't Download Any eBooks

If I click on any eBook I get this odd Java gibberish and it appears like a mirror image receding with 2 full Instructable menu bars ON a regular Instructable page.  It hasn't happened before and it is annoying.  More so since I haven't downloaded an instructable in months...it's been a crazy few months.  I have pasted in some of the gibberish below...  Any help would be appreciated! Please excuse me, that was very impolite! - javax.servlet.ServletException: javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/common/layout_bootstrapped.jspx': ServletException in '/pages/explore/type/instructable_content.jsp': /pages/explore/type/instructable_body_guide_bootstrapped.jsp:72: text is not allowed as a child of <{1}>. Only and are allowed children. Exception javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/common/layout_bootstrapped.jspx': ServletException in '/pages/explore/type/instructable_content.jsp': /pages/explore/type/instructable_body_guide_bootstrapped.jsp:72: text is not allowed as a child of <{1}>.  Only  and  are allowed children. at org.apache.tiles.taglib.InsertTag$InsertHandler.doEndTag(InsertTag.java:923) at org.apache.tiles.taglib.InsertTag.doEndTag(InsertTag.java:457) at _jsp._pages._explore._type._instructable__jsp._jspService(_instructable__jsp.java:347) at com.caucho.jsp.JavaPage.service(JavaPage.java:60) at com.caucho.jsp.Page.pageservice(Page.java:570) and so on....

Posted by futureparadox 4 years ago


Smiley with leds

Hi, I want to create a simple toy for children that can respond to a child's actions. I want the toy to look like a character with emotions : it can be happy, sad, etc.. I'm looking for a way to show the emotions through the 3D printed shell. I like the way the object in the picture does that. I was wondering if they use leds or lcd screen or anything else. Do you have any idea ?  Thanks Catherine

Posted by Catherine Dupont 2 years ago


When do humans develop abstract reasoning?

This is a great demonstration of abstract reasoning, and the lack thereof in small children. Apparently kids will (almost) always fail this test up to age 4, and almost always pass after age 7. The magic transitional age varies, of course.Parents and siblings, this should give some great hints on how to seem "fair" while still short-changing your child. ;)

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Powdered Tempra Paint

I work in a child care with preschool aged children.  We just got a massive donation of powdered tempra paint. I was wondering if there was any interesting craft ideas that we could use other than 1. add water 2. paint with brush Other than using tempra powder to make sidewalk chalk I have been coming up with a blank.  Any new/creative ideas for this product?

Posted by lizapest 6 years ago


I'm speaking in Westminster Abbey...

Well I've just heard that I'm one of 20 young people in the whole of the Uk going to westminster to speak and be consulted about child services and bereavement, on 6th of may I go over to speak, damn this is cool I will have a say in something... Out of the group that was asked for candidates four of us were chosen from our recent video project work, I was selected because I apparently have good ideas and am skilled at arguing points and expressing my self sensibly... Woot skills...The whole thing is about improving child services around the UK and I've got to say it's about time... There are very few decent social workers and the system is pretty bad on the whole, minimizing the effect of decent social workers and the like, counsellors are soon going to be boning up on dealing with bereaved kids due to our video project along with teachers and if the funding goes through we may be doing another on helping friends or ourselves... Any suggestions from the UK people here in following withA friend in need is a friend indeed Coping with it?

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago


flexible light rope or similar light moving device

Am searching for method to replace old or upgrade new idea for creating safe toy which allows child to operate from control box or reistat the movement of color lights through safe tubing- similar to light rope but changable through speed and direction. Mostly speed. Enough rope to shape into any form. thanks, west virginia kate

Posted by west virginia kate 11 years ago


Has anyone read any Russian books?

Well, I'm doing a Geography project on World Literature and number of author from each country that are included in Major 100 Best Books Lists and something similar. The question is: have you read any books by Russian authors (this includes non-fiction too, just because I'm curious...)? Thanks PS: Will anyone get something other than Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov? Write these anyway, please... 

Posted by gruffalo child 7 years ago


builtin iSight Camera, I have the camera board and wires. I want to do something cool with it.

The Macbook broke. and now I have the built in camera and I want to do something cool with it. If anyone can help I'd be a happy happy man-child. Mainly I want to hook it up to a monitor and/or wireless monitor. Both is better though. You know, if possible I'd appreciate it, thank you. I also have the mic.

Posted by tongpu 10 years ago


Kanye West urges kids to Make Something

Here's an awesome outreach project from artist Aaron Rose and Kanye West where artists encourage kids to make stuff. The program has started in New York City where over 1,500 kids have already gone to workshops. A studio will be opening in Los Angeles later in the year. This looks pretty awesome and the artist line-up is sweet, including Barry McGee, Spike Jonze, KAWS, Kanye West, Chloe Sevigny, Jeremy Scott, and Terry Richardson.As Kanye says:"I believe every child is born an artist. That ability to express ourselves freely is inherent in every child, whether it's through singing, dancing, drawing or playing. Somehow as we get older society and culture dampen that spirit, making us self conscious about expression. I believe Programs like Make Something!! help to keep this creative spirit alive as well as show kids that being an artist is a viable career path. As public funding for schools and arts programs continue to be cut, programs like Make Something!! are critical to breeding future generations of artists who can contribute to the greater cultural fabric that keeps America forward thinking and progressive." Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Toys/ Materials

Originally Mod Squad was born out of the idea to use donated toys to create prosthetic arms because there is an over abundance of them in the US, they are fairly low cost, they provide a variety of materials, and children would enjoy the way they look as opposed to more industrial materials. However a big concern is their durability. Share your thoughts/findings/suggestions about using toys. Are there other existing materials that are easy to access and would be good to re-use but would also make something that a child would like?

Posted by CarliPierce 9 years ago


Who is in Denial of their Color Blindness?

So apparently, I was never actually tested for this as child.... It's only recently that I've discovered this too o.0 Test for Color BlindnessPersonally, I have issues with reds. Show me two shades of red, right next to each other... And I won't be able to tell the difference.... On the "5" plate closer to the bottom of the page, I first saw an "S" :/If you didn't read it --- if you're a male, you're more likely to be color blind than your female counterpart....

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


Instructables Sister Company on BBC

Squid Labs spin-off company Potenco is cropping up quite a bit on the BBC website at the moment, snugly amongst the fuss about the latest "Get 1 Give 1" project by One Laptop Per Child (they're working with Amazon now).The pull-cord generator (called a yo-yo generator by the BBC) is shown as an integral part of the OLPC system.BBC descriptionBBC Video (may not be viewable outside UK)Get 1 Give 1 StoryPotenco PCG

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Simpsons Map

The Simpsons are awesomely hilarious. I remember when my parents thought it was too vulgar for my child mind to handle. And now it's a very tasteful and often smart cartoon. Some dude took the time to collect all the different locations from every episode and created this completely insane map.I guess if you ever plan to visit The Simpsons you'll know how to get around.Oh, if you want to brush up on your episodes, here's where you can watch them online for free, legally:The Simpsons Episodes.

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Not Anagrams

We're all familiar with anagrams?Rearranging the letters of a word phrase, or name to produce a new phrase, using all the original letters and only once each.For example* "Ripley's Believe it or Not" - "Lively enterprise. Boo it"Or anagrams of a former US PresidentHowever, more fun are not-anagramsFor example*Tony Blair - Lying hairdresser.Richard Branson - Lucifer chinned racketeer.Peter Stringfellow - Tangerine child catcher.Do you know of any amusing "not-anagrams"?Not-anagrams should sound like anagrams, they're not clever or amusing if they don't(Original idea from Viz comic / magazine, years ago)

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


Kala Summer Youth Art Program 2015

Hone your child's creative energy at Camp Kala this summer! K-12 artists engage in hands-on art activities while working in a professional studio environment. Days include a mix of studio time and outdoor exploration. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention from Kala's fabulous teaching artists and assistants. This summer we offer a number of vibrant classes, from science-themed mixed-media to mold-making sculpture exploration for youngsters, as well as drawing and printmaking studios for high schoolers. Each week concludes with a celebration and gallery exhibition of artwork made throughout the week. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala! Visit our website, kala.org/campkala, to explore class descriptions and find the week that's right for your child! Location: 2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702 Phone: 510-841-7000 ext 203 Email: jamila@kala.org Website: kala.org/campkala Dates: June 15 - July 31 Cost: Varies Hours: 9am-3pm Financial Aid: Available Ages: 6-9, 7-11, 9-12, 12-17 Early Enrollment Discount ends March 1st! Enroll now to save up to $50/week!

Posted by eauger 3 years ago