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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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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)


46_Cocodrilooooo! (Lolly stick characters)

30 Dec

Do you know what happens to lolly sticks once the lollies are over? They turn into crocodiles! (or snakes or ducks or whatever animal you like)

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It’ll take you about 45 minutes to make a Lolly stick character.

You’ll need:

_6 wooden sticks (lolly sticks)

_7 small black brads

_Green poster paint (or any other water based paint)

_Black felt tip pen and a white or silver pencil/crayon

_Something pointy to punch holes through the sticks, it could be the point of a compass or a sharp needle.

How to make a lolly stick character:

1. Grab 2 sticks and using the point of a compass or a needle, punch a hole on both ends of each stick and another one in the middle.

2. Punch a hole in the middle and on one end of of the remaining 4 sticks.

3. When all the sticks are punched, paint them in green. Let them dry for a little while.

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4. When the sticks are dry, get the brads and join pairs of sticks through the middle. Make sure to join the sticks with 3 holes together; the ones with two holes should have the holes on the same side. You’ll have 3 X’s as shown below.

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5. Now join the 3 X’s together using the remaining brads.  You should now be able to make the whole thing longer and shorter by opening and closing the 2 sticks in one end, as if they were scissors.

6. Using your black felt tip pen draw a circle around the brad on one end to make the eye.

7. Draw a mouth and teeth too.

8. Colour the teeth with the white/silver colour and add other details like scales on the back of the crocodile.

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That’s it! a Crocodile made out of lolly sticks. Now you can open and close it very quickly to make it take big bites!

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You could follow the same instructions and use different colours to make other animals. What about a duck, or a jumpy fish?!

Have fun (and enjoy the lollies!)

30_Mr. Flowerpond (o Sr. Floripondio)

22 Aug

Take him out for a dance and you won´t be disappointed.

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It is not very hard to make this puppet; be patient though, when it comes to piercing holes in the wood sticks and tying up the stings. It could take you up to 2 hours to make.

You`ll need:

_A piece of cardboard. It could be a recycled cereal box or back of a paper block or even a piece of corrugated cardboard from packaging.

_Pen and pencil

_Coloured pencils, markers, crayons…

_6 wooden sticks.

_6 small brads

_A piece of paper to draw extra details.

_3-4 m. of thick cotton thread.

_The point of a compass, circle cutter or something similar to pierce little holes in the cardboard and sticks.

_Glue stick

_ UHU or hot glue.

How to make Mr. Flowerpond

1. Cut 2 of the wood sticks by the middle.

2. Use the point of a compass/circle cutter to pierce a tiny hole on each end of the 4 half-wood sticks you were left with and at both ends of 2 complete ones.

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3. Cut a rectangle off the piece of cardboard, about 10×12 cm.

4. Place 4 sticks over the cardboard rectangle as if they where the arms and legs.

5. Use the point of the compass/circle cutter to pierce through the cardboard, using the holes previously pierced through the sticks as guides. Punch an extra hole at the top, right in the middle.

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6. Use a pencil to draw the face of your character/body of your character. Mine has a hat and some room for a bow tie.

7. When you`re sure about it, draw over it with a black pen to make it stronger.

8. Cut away the extra bits to make the shape of the hat.

9. Use your extra piece of paper to make details, like a bow tie or a flower for the hat.

10. Add some colour and stick the extras.

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11. Get 2 of the short sticks and colour the tips to make the hands.

12. Get the 2 long ones and colour one tip of each to make the feet/shoes.

13. Get one a foot (a long stick) and a short stick (not a hand) and join them with a brad.

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14. Now get 4 brads and join the arms and legs to the cardboard body by the holes you pierced earlier.

You should now have the body with moving arms and legs.

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15. Cut 5 pieces of string about 60cm. long

16. Get the 2 remaining wood sticks and pierce a hole though both ends of both sticks.

17.  Pierce an extra hole right in the middle of one of the sticks.

18. Get a piece of string and pass it through the hole at the end of one of the legs. Tie a knot behind it.

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19. Do the same for the other leg, both arms and the hole in the middle of the hat.

20. Use the same colour marker you used to colour the hands, etc. to colour the string that goes to each particular hole.

21. Tie the loose ends of each string to the sticks in the following way:

– Start by tying the strings that come out of the legs, one to each side of the same stick.

– Get the string that is tied to the top of the hat and tie it to the middle hole of the other stick. Before you tie the knot, make sure that both sticks are at the same distance form the puppet. You´ll have some spare string.

– Tie the strings that come out of the hands to the remaining holes; once again, make sure that the sting is the right length to get the stick at the right distance.

22. If the knots feel a bit “slippery” put a drop of glue on top of each so that they stay in place.

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That´s it…Mr. Flowerpond is ready to go dancing.

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