Weddings can be exciting, emotional, and/or stressful times for everybody involved – except for the younger guests. For them, the majority of the day is dull, dull, and duller. Sure, it’s awesome when the cake gets cut, but little Johnny couldn’t care less about the best man’s speech. If you’re planning an upcoming wedding and want to give the kids something extra to do during the quiet times, gather up some crayons and print a few off a few of these wedding activity pages. Continue Reading
Puzzles are fun, learning is fun, and hey, it’s the Fourth of July: why not make a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S.??
This printable map and jigsaw puzzle template is a fun activity for kids that just might teach them a thing or two about geography as well. (BONUS!) I love the idea of creating “question” flags to help them identify important places, too. Check out the how-to and download the free printable templates over on Mr. Continue Reading
Evil Mad Scientist Labs went ga-ga over Professor George W. Hart‘s sculpture, Frabjous. When they realized Professor Hart has been kind enough to post a template to make such a sculpture, they got right to work!
Stuff we’ll need to make one:
- card stock or cardboard (EMSL also points out that we could also build the sculpture out of plastic or wood)
- glue or tape
- a good scissors and/or a sharp hobby knife
- the PDF template, courtesy of Professor Hart
Mark McKenna’s teeny tiny Designer Emulation lamps emulate some very famous designer lamps, such as Phillippe Starck’s Miss K. for example. Choose from five different kits, which will arrive as a flat piece that you pop apart and put together, jigsaw puzzle style. Attach it to 9-volt battery for an illuminated designer mini-lamp. They’re available through Wabniz Editions for about $27.
It’s true…everyone loves blocks. Still. Always have, always will.
So, Photojojo came up with a tutorial to create a set of blocks you’ll never be embarrassed to leave out when company comes over.
- 16 wooden blocks
- Square format image(s)
- Matte photo paper
- X-acto knife and cutting mat
- Glue, rubber cement, or Mod Podge
- Small paintbrush
Made from 100% recycled cardboard, Pop Deluxe’s new laser-cut Snowflake Tree puzzle ($17) comes is kraft brown or white. It measures 10 x 10 x 13, and although they can be decorated with paint, glitter and such it seems unnecessary. Their simplicity is rather elegant.
Curbly has siblings. One of them is called Teacherly, and, as you can probably guess, it’s an on-line resource for teachers. However, it also has a very awesomely cool FREE feature called ‘word search creator’. Teachers use such things as word search puzzles as, well, teaching tools, but they also can come in handy for paper crafters too. With a little help from Teacherly, here’s my very easy technique for making a one-of-a-kind greeting card!
What you need:
A great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year would be to make a Tangram Puzzle, which is also known as ‘seven pieces of cleverness’. Why are these puzzles so clever? Read on!
- a square piece of paper (my 3.5″ square piece worked great)
- a scissors
First, fold your paper in half and then half again. Unfold, rotate and repeat the process. When you’re done, your square should be divided into 16 squares, like so:
Next, using your scissors, cut as indicated by the red lines. Continue Reading
Check out Mio Cultures’ very cool–and environmentally friendly–peel and stick cork ModuTiles ($95). They’re sold in sets of six tan and six chocolate colored tiles that cover 12 square feet. Configure them any way you please to make rugs or runners. Use the adhesive tabs for temporary installation, or install them permanently over an entire floor using standard cork flooring adhesives and finishes. To increase they’re durability for high-traffic areas, Mio suggests coating them with the wax or oil of your choice. Continue Reading
Apparently, solving a Rubik's Cube is either something you can do, or something you can't: you either know the tricks, or you don't. (I can't, and don't.)
Fortunately, these toysters know the tricks, and can manipulate the simply colored blocks into large scale works of art.