These “how tos” are meant to give Makers inspiration and ideas for how many of the cool things, seen on this site, can be made. They are not, the rule of the land. Often it’s more fun to see something cool and figure out how to make it your own way or change it by modifying some of the steps. Each of these “how to” pages can be printed directly from a printer. Start here and let your imaginations soar!
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BrushBots - little mechanical toys from toothbrush heads and pager motors.
Hydroponic Gardens – three different versions of growing plants in water.
Motorized Pinwheel – this cool toy is from ”Simple Kids Crafts”
Plane With Navigation Lights – an intro to using paint that conducts electricity.
Propeller Cars - air powered cars made from rulers, legos, balsa wood and your imagination.
Propeller Plane with On Off Switch – make a on off switch with a 3×5 card, brass fasteners and paper clip.
Slime – and a variation on slime to power squishy circuits.
Squishy Circuits - make playdough that carries electricity and real batteries from playdough.
Things we’ve made from kits:
Blinkybugs – toy insects that respond to motion.
Crystal Radios – AM radios that use few parts and no batteries.
Mousetrap Racers – Mousetrap racers are powered by the spring action of a mousetrap and are not dangerous to race once the mousetrap is disassembled.
Lil Bits – Prototype electronic devices without soldering.
Papertronics Lunar Modules – Lunar Modules are, basically, origami on steroids.
Robots – Our younger makers have built and programmed robots with the Lego WeDo kit.
Snap Circuits – Explore electronics without soldering.
Toys From Trash – Arvind Gupta is a master maker and his Web site contains hundreds of cool ideas!