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50_Magnetic Racing Track

31 Dec

Some say electric cars are the future, but what about magnetic ones?

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It will take you about half an hour to make a magnetic racing track with a racing car.

You´ll need:

_A small, thin cardboard box, about 20 cm high x 20 cm wide x 2cm deep

_A few sheets of white paper, enough to wrap the box

_Pencil and a black fine liner or felt tip pen

_Coloured pencils, markers or crayons

_2 wooden sticks (lolly sticks) or one long flat stick. You could also use a ruler or something similar.

_2 magnets

How to make your magnetic racing track and car:

1. Wrap the box in white

2. Draw the track in pencil. You can add some details like trees and other cars.

3. When you are sure about your drawing trace over the pencil with the felt tip pen and add colour.

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4. On a separate piece of paper draw a car as if you were looking at it from the top.

5. Cut it out and stick one of the magnets on the back.

6. Glue the 2 sticks together to make one long stick and glue the remaining magnet on one end.

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7. Put the car on the track and the stick and magnet inside the box to move the car around.

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

There you go… Car that races without you touching it!

Think of other things you could make using this idea… what about a horse race track or a theatre set… a magnetic maze perhaps?

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(Thanks Manuel, Ana, Lore and Chabs for your help and ideas)


42_Glow in the dark magnets

8 Dec

They look great with the lights on but even better when you turn them off.

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Really quick and easy, this glow in the dark magnets will take you as long as it takes you to make some nice drawings and paint them… 15-30 minutes.

You´ll need:

_1 sheet of magnetic paper (try to get the thicker one, it works better)

_pencil and black marker or felt tip pen

_1 small pot of glow in the dark paint. You´ll find this at DIY shops, some paint shops and good art shops.

All you need to do is make some nice drawings on your magnet paper, paint them with glow in the dark paint and add some details with a black marker once the paint has dried up. Cut them, put them on the fridge, turn the lights off and see your magnets glow!

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte



33_Fridge Hangman

6 Sep

Now you can play this classic word game while deciding what to have for breakfast (oooor lunch, or dinner, or just a snack, or just because….)

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This one´s super quick, super easy and super fun…It´ll take you 30-40 minutes tops.

You need:

_2 A4 pieces of magnetic paper (you can find it in any decent art shop, they might also call it magnetic printer paper)

_Coloured markers or crayons

_Pen or pencil


_Cutter or Exacto knife and cutting mat (or a surface that is safe to cut on).

_Black marker.

How to make your Fridge Hangman:

1. Trace a grid on both pieces of magnetic paper. Draw the lines of the grid about 3cm apart from each other. When you finish tracing the grid, you´ll have lots of 3×3 cm squares.

2. Draw the “hanging platform” in a space about 2×3 squares. Draw the head, body, legs and arms in different squares.

3. Fill all the other squares in with the alphabet. Pick different colours, make some capitals, and repeat the alphabet as many times as you can. You´ll have a few squares left; write more vowels.

4. Draw a thin black line along one of the sides of each piece of magnetic paper. These will make the “blanks”.

5. Use the cutter and ruler to cut all the squares.

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6. Cut the man and platform as well as the “blanks”

7. Put everything on the fridge and done!

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Perfect way to practice your spelling and learn new words.

Ha_e   _ _ n !

27_Dr. Frank’s Amazing (Magnetic) Face Creations

10 Jul

How different would the story had been, had Dr. Frankenstein had a fridge and a few magnets!!

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This is a quick and easy one. It´ll take you 45 min tops.

You`ll need:

_A computer with internet access (to search for images) or a bunch of magazines to cut eyes and noses and mouths from.

_ 3 or 4 sheets of magnetic paper (depending on how many magnets you want to have in the end).

_ Scissors.

_If you`re cutting things out of magazines, you`ll need a glue stick as well.

How to make Dr. Franks Amazing (Magnetic) Face Creations:

1. Look for images of eyes, mouths and noses and maybe funny stuff like mustaches, weird glasses, long ears… It could be anything, from real people, animals, cartoons.. the idea is to have variety.

2. If you are doing it on your computer, arrange the images in different pages to print them out on the magnetic paper. (You could use PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop…)

If you´re cutting things out from magazines, stick all your images on the magnetic paper.

3. Cut all the images out. You don´t have to worry about cutting the edges too nicely; a rough look works well for this face magnets.

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4. Take all your magnets to the fridge and start creating amazing faces! (Just like Dr. Frank would have done had he had some)

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Try some funny faces….

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

…. and some scary ones….(looking like someone you know? older sister maybe??)

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The more images you get the more amazing faces you´ll be able to make.

Get creative and have fun!


21 May

It´s magnetic, it´s a can its…. MAGNETICAAAAN!

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This one can take you a few minutes or about an hour, depending on how much effort you put into it.

You`ll need:

_1 empty can of soup or veg.. anything but soda cause magnets don´t work on aluminum cans.

_a bunch of magnets. try different sizes.

If you want to make it more colourful and fun you`ll also need:

_coloured paper

_a sheet of white paper

_coloured pencils or markers

_large lollipop sticks

_UHU glue

_glue stick


_cutter or Exacto knife and a surface to cut on.

Quick instructions for a super easy version and an upgrade.

_For the easy version, just eat the yummy healthy contents of the can, take the paper away, wash it and play with your magnets!

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If you wanna go for the upgraded version:

1. Cut the coloured paper the right height and length to wrap around the can

2. Fix it to the can with small magnets, this way you can change the paper to any colour you want.

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3. Use the magnets as templates to draw their shape in a piece of white paper.

4. Cut these shapes and stick them on top of the magnets using a glue stick. Keep a few without paper.

5. Draw some eyes, wheels, knots and bolts and anything you can think of.

6. Using UHU glue. stick the magnets you set aside on the lollipop sticks. These will be the arms, legs, antennae, etc of your toy.

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Thats it!!! You have all you need to make all the magnetican characters you can imagine.

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© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

You can combine the naked can with the coloured magnets and lollipop arms

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And change the colours to make other characters like this….. chicken?

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See? same as the first image but a bit of colour and personality…

Have lots of magnetic fun!

4_magnetic creatures

30 Jan

Haven’t seen a kid that doesn’t like to play with fridge magnets. How about making some of your own?!

Fernanda de Uriarte (c)2011

It’ll take about half an hour plus drawing time.

You’ll need:
_1 or 2 sheets of printer-friendly magnetic paper (you’ll find this in any art shop).
_Colour pencils and paper.
_Scissors and cutter.

How to make them:

1. Make some drawings. You can draw characters or whatever comes to your mind. I recommend that you draw on regular paper so that you use the magnetic one when you’re sure the drawings you want to use.

2. Scan your drawings and print them on the magnetic paper. If you don’t have a computer at hand, you can stick the drawings on the magnet paper with a glue stick; make sure they’re perfectly glued.

3. Using your scissors cut the edges of the drawings. Use the cutter to cut any inside shapes that look interesting (like eyes, nose, etc.). Kids, don’t use the cutter, have an adult help you with that bit!

Fernanda de Uriarte (c) 2011

Fernanda de Uriarte (c) 2011

4. Put your magnets on the fridge. Have fun by putting all the shapes back together or by mixing them all to create new drawings.

Fernanda de Uriarte (c)2011


Fernanda de Uriarte (c) 2011


Happy creatures!