TP Shooters



Fling objects across the room! Attack your enemies and defend your friends using only materials you have in your homes!

SUPPLIES
- Toilet paper tubes
- Balloons
- Tape
- Soft items for launching (i.e., puffballs, marshmallows, etc)

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1:  Tie a knot in the end of your balloon

Step 2: Cut the tip (unknotted) off the end...
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Simple Kaleidoscopes



SUPPLIES
-3 mirrors of the same size or reflective Mylar in the same size
-Tape/Scissors/Paper/Markers
-Lots of fun, colorful stuff to look at when the kaleidoscope is assembled

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Assemble your mirrors or Mylar: Lay 3 equal size strips side by side mirrorside down, leaving a small gap between them. Tape the mirrors...
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3D Book Creation



SUPPLIES
Red and blue pens
Paper folded into a small book
3D glasses

INSTRUCTIONS

Simply draw your drawing in blue and outline with the red marker, leaving a little bit of space between lines. Then, put on your 3D glasses and check it out!

WHY DOES IT WORK?
An anaglyph is made of two images on...
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Whirling Watcher



SUPPLIES
Stroboscope template
Scissors
Pencils
Paper plate
Mirror
Pushpin

 

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Rub the glue stick on the back of a paper plate.
2. Center the pattern on the back on the plate. Then...
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Naturalistic Observation



SUPPLIES
Art supplies
Paper
You Eyes!

WHAT IS NATURALISTIC OBSERVATION?
It’s the practice of observing things (animals—including humans—or plants) in their environment without intervention (disturbing them). It can be a great way to capture living things in art!

INSTRUCTIONS
1. First, observe!...
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Paper helicopter



SUPPLIES
Helicopter template
Scissors
Pencils
Paper clips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut out the template (Download the template here!). Then cut along the solid lines.
2. Fold the A piece towards you and the B piece away from you.
3....
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Maker Family Challenges!



We have been hosting some fun open-ended programs that the whole family can do together which can easily be replicated at home.

Build a Boat

Can you build a boat that floats? Use recycled materials, things from outside, and whatever else you can dream of. Take it further by...
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Duct Tape Lunch Box



SUPPLIES

Duct tape (2 colors if using a contrasting color for the edges)
Print Two copies of the Lunchbox Template
Scissors
1 X 1 inch piece of Self-sticking Velcro

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Build a Camera Obscura!



SUPPLIES
2 paper rolls (recycled toilet paper rolls work!)
Duct tape
Aluminum foil
Thumbtack
Coffee filters

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut out a square of aluminum foil to cover the bottom of one of the rolls. Tape it on so that it is flat and smooth, and then put a pinhole in the middle of it using the thumbtack.
2...
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Sew n' Glow - LED bracelets!



Adapted from http://www.atxdiy.com/2010/07/05/tutorial-sew-a-simple-circuit/

SUPPLIES

  • Sew-On Snaps- Make sure they are metal and not coated with paint, they need to conduct electricity.  Magnetic snaps would also work
  • Needle – Needs to have a relatively small...
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