“HowToons” turns your kids into toy builders

by James

With common household items and summer freetime, kids can use HowToons to make some cool toys.

With common household items and summer freetime, kids can use HowToons to make some cool toys.

As inevitable as the sun rising in the East, this summer kids are going to eventually get bored. Why not put all that time, and their raw imaginative power to good use and get them to make their own toys? Difficult you say? Not if you take them over to HowToons.com

Using a few 2 liter bottles, there's no limit what a kid can make with HowToons showing them how.

Using a few 2 liter bottles, there's no limit what a kid can make with HowToons showing them how.

This site shows step by step instructions on how to make fun toys with common household objects. Instructions are drawn “toon style” so that kids will warm up to the fun and dive right in. They can make just about anything from a Water Rocket to a Submarine to a Marshmallow shooter. There’s also the classic Rolla Bolla, a flute made from a turkey baster, and even a ZoeTrope movie display which will teach kids the basics of movie animation. And the cool thing about HowToons is not only that the toys made are safe and easy to make, they’re also educational as kids learn about science, movies, puppetry, engineering, and more. To quote the site’s author, Saul Griffith, the possibilities are endless!

And if kids really love what they find there, parents can also pick up the HowToons book at Amazon.com to add to the library (right next to the Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls. Each of these literary gems will give kids plenty of activity and imagination to while away the hot summer days and are completely worth the investment.

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