Entries in diy (162)
Taking the simple straw rockets we expanded a bit to make our own since the straws we buy at the store don't come with paper wrappers.
You'll need a straw, paper, tape, and paper clip if you'd like.
Wrap the paper loosely around the straw and finish off with some tape. (you might need some help for this part)
Fold the top down and secure with tape or a paper clip.
You can create fins with extra paper for the end of your rocket (would be fun to see how the fins change the rocket's flight)
When you're ready to launch put your rocket on your launcher and blow!
As always make it your own by changing it up a bit. Use less paper, different paper, less fins, more fins etc.
This is SO fun your kids will want to do it over and over. Mom Trusted has a great chain reaction you can build from popsicle sticks that will surely create some giggles.
Want to see one in action? It will surely make you run to the store for sticks!
If you want to have your own pirate party ( or just have cute lunch bags for field trips) I thought I'd share with you my printed pirate bag file.
I printed straight onto the paper bag from my regular printer. To do this you'll need to tape down the bottom and the top together so it doesn't get caught.
Put the bag in your printer according to directions and print! I changed the settings to match the size of my bag in my printer dialog before I printed. I didn't have an issue with any of them. You could use these for popcorn, chips, nuts, goodie bags etc!
If you want to print these pirate bags you can download the files here!
I got pranked this weekend and the boys thought it was the best thing ever. It's an easy one too - perfect for April Fool's Day.
You just need a water bottle and a pin. Fill the bottle pretty full with water. Over the sink poke holes all around the center of the bottle.
Wait until the water stops dripping, very gently wipe off and place on the counter somewhere you know it will get seen and picked up.
When someone finally picks it up (I did in frustration of the boys leaving things out everywhere)...
Yep, you get sprayed. It was pretty funny. This works best with the thinner plastic water bottles. Have fun!
(Obviously young kids should be supervised when using needles)
We have a quick easy activity for you today that's fun anytime especially because it makes noise. All you'll need is a hex nut (a smaller one) and a balloon.
Put the nut into the balloon and blow it up.
Tie off the balloon. Hold in one spot while spinning the hex nut inside around the balloon. You'll get a screechy noise!
We made a quick video so you can hear what it sounds like since photos can't show you that.
If you shake the balloon too crazy and against things it will pop and the hex nut will go flying - so play with caution (this is said from experience).
I saw a similar idea last summer using plastic sheeting. My problem with that is you'd die in there in 10 minutes in the desert in the summer (oven anyone?!) so I've been wanting to try it with something a little more breathable.
We don't have a small box fan just a tall skinny one. Instead of waiting for the perfect materials I decided to make it work with what we have. After all you all are going to be working with whatever you have at your house which isn't all the same!
I used a duvet cover since it's already secured on 3 sides but if you don't have one just secure 2 flat sheets together (you can duct tape or sew the ends together) I used duct tape to secure the open end around a fan and left an opening for the boys. You'll need to have a way to secure the opening once they're in. Binder clips, clamps, or clothespins are great for this - especially if they can do it from the inside!
That's it! A cool, breathable fan fort! The boys loved it right away.
Then this happened. And they loved it even more.
There is a dog and a kid in there somewhere.
Next week is Spring Break - wish me luck! ;)
It's a collection of boy handmade inspiration - you can find all their past projects and the info HERE.
Dana also has a great post about pulling together a Star Wars costume
They are celebrating until March 15 with great boy projects!