Kids & Family on the Blog
Looking for an awesome family-friendly weekend project? If you’ve got creative kids who love painting, surprise them with an afternoon of color-filled DIY fun! Make your own set of homemade watercolor paints using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen with this easy-to-follow tutorial from Amy Vowles on... Read more »
Since the beginning of my hobby of producing 3D printed parts to help people with physical disabilities play video games, the thumbstick has been an issue. Unfortunately, it was an issue I didn’t really have an elegant solution for. After some brainstorming, I believe I’ve come up with a useful... Read more »
Hear ye, hear ye! The Boulder Mini Maker Faire is upon us, Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2015! And that means that makers are streaming in from far and wide, bringing their awesomeness to share with all. Actually, they’ll do more than share – oh yes, there will be doing.... Read more »
When I was young, I used to see my mom cross stitching different pictures over the years and figured this must be what old women (she was in her 30’s at that point) do to pass the time. I soon found out that this in fact wasn’t the case and... Read more »
Flipping a coin may be easy for most of us, but if you really thing about it, balancing a coin on the end of your thumb and then flicking isn’t actually that easy. Peter Brown has been playing board games with his daughter, who isn’t yet skilled at this act... Read more »
Cool Projects for Kids of All Ages
Find these and other awesome summer projects in our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide, which features tons of 3D images and over 50 projects to make right now. Plus the magazine comes complete with 3D glasses!
Build a Zipline
You could buy a dinky, ready-made kit just for kids, but why not make your own industrial-strength zip line that will support the heaviest of neighbors? It’s a fun project you can tackle in a weekend, and you can order all the parts online for less than $400.
Launch a Rocket
Paper, tape, compressed air … lift-off! Blow your friends away as you send this 25-cent rocket hundreds of feet in the air. Build this easy launcher and rocket with common hardware store items in an afternoon or get the complete kit in the Maker Shed.
3D Print your Head
Get started with 3D printing — create a 3D model of your own head and then print it out in solid plastic! Take some simple pictures, use the online tool to create the 3D file, and then print out. If you don’t have a 3D printer at home, no worries, you can send it to a service that will mail it right to your door!
Super Awesome Sylvia
Have you checked out Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show yet? There’s so much to learn, and she’s an awesome teacher and very cool young maker.