Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

by Capree K

created at: 01/04/2012

I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share!  Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school??  Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--out of regular ol' household items totally intrigues me.  If you're equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you'll need below!   

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Totally DIYable LEGO Toy Box

by DIY Maven

Ogle Wooden Toy Box

I spent several hours on Christmas putting together various LEGO sets for my nephew, Gavin. After the first set, he grabbed the next and the next. I couldn't say no, as I, like Gavin, love the LEGOs. Which is why I'm thinking this LEGO brick toy box might be in Gavin's future. Called

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Modern Doll Houses

by Alicia Lacy

created at: 11/21/2010

Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning. 

The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in favor...

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

by Chris Gardner

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!

Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
  • ...

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Make wooden toys with these FREE toy plans!!

by DIY Maven

created at: 03/28/2013

This holiday season, just say no to toy recalls and make your own safe toys with these fabulous and free plans to construct your own wooden toys!! AND there’s something for just about every age group and interest.

For little ones, check out this website for puzzles galore!

Here’s a great, old fashioned sled project.

 

Every baby doll needs a comfy doll bed.

And for the future Curblier...a set of building logs.

Feel the need for...

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How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

by Chris Gardner

Easy DIY for making your own shrinky dinks and shrinky dink paper.

My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of ‘science-y’ toys. We used to cook our Easy-Bake Oven meals with foil and a light bulb, and created our own slime with cornstarch and food coloring. Which brings me to our homemade shrinky dinks.

And, when we wanted our own shrinkable art, did...

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