Kids & Family on the Blog
There’s something about cardboard that inspires creativity in people of all ages. I enjoyed seeing the many ways cardboard was used at Maker Faire this year, from DIY.org's Cardboard Village to the delightful walking cardboard sculptures by Kinetic Creatures. You can get your very own Kinetic Creature kit in the... Read more »
Robot Turtles is board game that teaches three to eight year olds the basics of programming, without being boring. Dan Shapiro, the creator of Robot Turtles, has worked at technology companies like Real Networks and Microsoft. He is a successful entrepreneur and former CEO at Ontela (merged with Photobucket) and... Read more »
Northlandz is one man's hobby transformed into a magical exhibit of about 100 model trains travelling a landscape of 400 bridges and tunnels and eight miles of track traversing mountains, rivers, and towns with thousands of model buildings. It is also home to an impressive display of dolls and dollhouses,... Read more »
Cardboard Christmas trees are now very commonplace and are sold at numerous major ‘brick and mortar’ retailers, as well as online. They have become mass-produced commodities lacking the flare and originality they once held when I first heard of artist renditions a few years back. I like to think we... 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.