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DIY Toys

Science and Art for Kids: Magnetic Sculptures

July 21, 2014
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Magnetism for kids is something I could probably explore for month here on Babble Dabble Do, but you might get a little bored…or would you? Simply put the magic of magnets is a sure winner with kids every.single.time. Even adults go bonkers for magnets! They are hands down the most interesting metal out there, provided […]

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Straw Structures Inspired by the Kids Activities Blog Book

June 27, 2014
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Okay guys I admit it, I’ve gotten carried away with something, and I hope you might too….In the next week I will be bringing you three, yes three, projects using straws. Since we are in the midst of exploring plastic projects on Babble Dabble Do I have been snatching up drinking straws galore- at the market, IKEA, and […]

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DIY Toy: Perler Bead Mazes

May 15, 2014
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Perler Bead Projects are just plain awesome.  The ability to melt your own plastic to make stuff is like bringing an industrial process into your home. Even the simplest plastic products around us go though an enormous and expensive process to get made, often including the fabrication of metal tools and molds. So they definitely […]

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Design for Kids: Disco Discovery Bottles

February 13, 2014
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Discovery bottles have been a hot item in the blogosphere for a long time and for good reason, they are easy to make using things you already have on hand and are enticing little DIY treasures for your kids to play with. We’ve never tackled them here on Babble Dabble Do but now that I […]

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DIY Toys: Frame Lacers

November 27, 2013

DIY-Toy-Frame-Lacers-BABBLE-DABBLE-DODIY Toys are a hot item this time of year, and with my expanding list of giftees, I’m always trying to dream up easy-to-make DIY toys that are both fun and affordable. I made these Frame Lacing Toys in about 30 minutes for about $4 each. I think they are perfect for a budding sewist or weaver or a simple little fine motor activity for younger children.

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Constellation Geoboards

November 22, 2013
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Have you and your kids discovered geoboards yet? Or are you searching for kid’s astronomy projects to engage your young stargazer? Well we‘ve got a double whammy here for you today, DIY Constellation Geoboards. Make this simple constellation geoboard for a great kids astronomy project and get that young astronaut cracking! As a child I was […]

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Science and Art for Kids: Whirligigs

September 20, 2013

 It’s time to make a simple paper toy today: Whirligigs! This is a 5-minute paper craft that illustrates dynamics to kids.  How does the shape of an object  affect how it moves in space? Well, cut a spiral piece of paper, open it up, and watch how it picks up the motion of air around it.

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DIY Toy: Tyvek Sled Kite

July 2, 2013
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Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to make a kite! Last summer we spent a week in Cambria, CA where the wind blows like crazy, and the kids I had a great time flying kites on the beach. Ever since then I’ve been itching to make our own kites since they really are […]

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Science and Fashion for Kids: Totally Tubular Glitter Bracelets

June 21, 2013
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Yes, you read that correctly, science meets fashion! Did you ever think those two concepts could be combined in one kid’s craft project? Neither did I, but when I found a lovely idea for making glitter tubes in Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences I decided they would also make great jewelry for kids! Now, […]

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