“How do I make Frankenstein cupcakes?” “What can I create with Zipfizz Containers?” “Is anybody using on demand hydrogen to heat hot water?” The answers to these questions plus a whole lot more lie within the Instructables Web site. This site is designed to be both a teaching tool as well as a learning tool. You can post step-by-step instructions on project creation in this “Do It Yourself” forum. There are a wide variety of topics from which to choose, including crafts, food, play and technology. Using text, pictures, video and files, you document your project, publish it on their site, and share it with the Instructables community. It is an informal way of teaching that is user friendly, easy to understand, and eye-catching.
If you are looking to work on a project with your children using the Instructables Web site, Android Lego Bot is a great project to get you started. Third through fifth graders will enjoy How to Make Magnetic Slime. Younger children will enjoy creating Frankenstein Cupcakes. Not only will this create quality time spent between parent and child, but the cupcakes can also be used for a classroom party. In this way, collaboration extends past the online community and into the world.
Another DIY Website is the DIY Network. It is similar to Instructables.com in that both offer pictures, videos, blogs, and the latest in project ideas. Both offer a wide assortment of categories from which to choose. DIY Network offers a section dedicated to making creative projects for children. Learn how to make a collage using old photos and decorative foam letters. Create a snow globe for the holidays. You can even learn how to build a backyard playhouse for your children to be used in the warm weather.
DIY.org is a site dedicated to children and the projects that they can create. This is an online camp that runs on four-week sessions. Although you must pay to become a member, they offer a wide assortment of categories from which to choose. Counselors are available to help guide you, provide videos and offer advice on how to do the project or learn the skill. If you are a moviemaker at heart, learn the art of stop-motion animation with the LEGO Movie Maker Camp. Enhance your illustration skills and design superheroes at Comic Book Camp. You can post what you have learned, or the staff and/or DIY.org community can pick their favorites to post to the Web site. You can also earn skills patches by uploading at least three projects in response to challenges they provide. This will demonstrate your skill level. The more involved you become, the more you will want to learn, create and share.
No matter if you are trying to learn a project for fun or to learn a skill that will earn money, DIY Websites offer a plethora of information for both children and adults. Work on projects either together or individually. You are sure to learn a new skill in a supportive environment while gaining constructive feedback from other members of your DIY community.