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Kids Crafts with Maker Dad

with Mark Frauenfelder

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About The Class

experiment, make, and create – together

Make your weekends more awesome with activities you and your kids can get their hands on. Join Make Magazine editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder — and his daughter Jane — for a class on cool, simple projects you can do with your kids.

In Kids Crafts with Maker Dad, you’ll get the blueprints you need to complete projects with the whole family. You’ll learn how to whip up a mixture that makes enormous bubbles, and how to get started with polymer clay — a medium you can use to create custom toys, shapes, and figurines. You’ll engage in a little trial and error learning by creating your own simple board and dice games. You’ll also learn the more advanced magic of constructing a Drawbot – a simple robot that can make abstract art all by itself.

This course will have even your most reluctant kid excited to get their hands dirty and experimenting, making, and creating, together.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Polymer Clay: Mixing & Rolling

  2. 02

    Polymer Clay: Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace

  3. 03

    Other Polymer Clay Projects

  4. 04

    Homemade Soap: Mold Making

  5. 05

    Making Your Own Rubber Stamps

  6. 06

    Creating Puzzle Cubes

  7. 07

    Puzzle Cube: Finishing Touches

  8. 08

    The Antigravity Jar

  9. 09

    Making Mixie Sticks

  10. 10

    Crazy Card Magic Trick

  11. 11

    Making Minibots: Drawbot

  12. 12

    Making Minibots: Bristlebot

  13. 13

    Making the Friendstrument

  14. 14

    Connecting the Friendstrument

  15. 15

    Decorating Your Friendstrument

  16. 16

    Making the Balloon Camera

  17. 17

    Attaching the Balloon Camera to the Rig

  18. 18

    Making Giant Bubbles

  19. 19

    Making a Sled Kite


Meet Your Expert

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, the founder of Boing Boing (, and the editor-in-chief of He was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998, the founding editor of, and is the author of seven books. ... read more

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  • pdf Mark Frauenfelder - Maker Dad Projects.pdf
  • pdf DIY Projects for Dads and Kids - Materials and Tools List.pdf

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  • KeNTKB


    August 2014

    Great time today learning with Mark and Jane was easy and fun. I will be sharing my new found maker talents with my grandaughters very soon. We will watch the videos and follow along. What a great idea in learning you have with CreativeLive! Congrats to the entire CreativeLive team, I cannot wait to see tomorrows show.

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