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Untrashables: Nine 3D-Printed Projects Inspired by Trash

Tic Tac Toe in an Altoids tin.

Untrashables started off one Sunday morning this summer with an empty egg carton we were about to toss discard. Just for fun, I challenged the kids to think about something that we could design and 3D print that would untrash it.  Lane came up with the egg design for Eggsactly. […]

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0 commentsSeptember 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm3D Printing Make Toys

Cereal Box Brownstone

Cereal Box Brownstone

I love taking stuff you can find from around the house and adding some 3D printed parts to upcycle them into something else. For this project, I added some windows and a door to a cereal box to make it look like a townhouse.  The two blue kids are replicas […]

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0 commentsNovember 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm3D Printing Make

The John-E-Reader in Action

The John-E-Reader in Action

Finally, a nook for your Nook. Or in this case, a corner for  my Kindle. John-E-Reader    

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0 commentsFebruary 7, 2013 at 2:54 pmFunny Make

Screen Time: Foldify Video Review – A Great App

Screen Time: Foldify Video Review – A Great App

I love this app Foldify. Anything that is at the intersection of pixels and molecules by way of a printer has to be fun for the kids. My kids were comfortable with this in less than a minute and really enjoyed designing cars, crazy people, and, yes, zombies. The full […]

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0 commentsJanuary 15, 2013 at 5:59 pmMake Play Tech

Kinecticate: Kinect-powered Email

Kinecticate: Kinect-powered Email

  My mom has lived with aphasia ever since she suffered a serious stroke twelve years ago. In the meantime, there’s been a revolution in communication – powered by social media. Like a lot of people, I use the phone less. One of my areas of interest has been bridging […]

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15 commentsSeptember 6, 2012 at 4:14 pmMake Projects Tech

Three-year-old + Power Tools = Good Building Times

My kids (6 and 8 now) spent some time making some great stuff at this camp this summer. Love this video of 3-year-old Ryan making a chair, especially at :44 when he masterfully drills a hole, with Deb (the head counselor) holding the piece for him just inches away from […]

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0 commentsAugust 20, 2012 at 4:46 pmMake

Sillyduino – Silly Fun Button

Sillyduino – Silly Fun Button

  8 LEDs, one button, some wire and resistors and are all it took to transform this old cigar box into a “Silly Fun Button”. Press it and you, or your friend, or both of you have to do something silly like shake your booty, walk like a zombie, or […]

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0 commentsJune 6, 2012 at 9:12 pmMake

Construction Kits Unite!

Construction Kits Unite!

The provocateurs at F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created their “Free Universal Construction Kit“, a set of 80 adaptor bricks that allow popular construction toys to work together with custom-printed connectors for the first time. Lego, meet Tinkertoy. K’Nex, meet Lincoln Logs. This is nothing short of a construction toy revolution. The *free* set […]

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0 commentsMarch 31, 2012 at 12:02 pmMake

littleBits: EZ Electronics for Kids

littleBits: EZ Electronics for Kids

  This electronics kit requires no soldiering and is a perfect way to introduce kids to electronics. The components are designed to be snapped together with small magnets to make all kinds of contraptions and devices.  The $129 starter kit includes a button, potentiometer, a pressure sensor, LED light, a […]

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0 commentsSeptember 20, 2011 at 11:17 amMake

My First Invention: Impossible Without Dad

My First Invention: Impossible Without Dad

A couple of years ago, I was building stuff from paper towel and toilet paper tubes with my two kids, then 3 and 4. We assembled a bunch of random sculptures using tape, scissors, and lots of glue, then I had a light-bulb moment, “If only there was a way […]

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1 commentJune 15, 2011 at 11:34 amMake