Build This Wave Machine With Duct Tape, Kebab Skewers, and Candy

A lot of people use Slinkies to introduce kids to waves. But Slinky waves can move too fast for people to really wrap their heads around. Instead, science teacher and filmmaker Alom Shaha suggests, they should try this wave machine. You can build it yourself, and you can do it on the cheap. Here's how. » 12/03/14 10:48am 12/03/14 10:48am

Cosplay 1.01 - A Beginner's Introduction To Cosplay

Things have changed since I discovered cosplay, and along the way I've made many amazing friends through this craft who've helped me learn and grow. But for someone new to the community, cosplay can be very intimidating and attending a convention feels a little too reminiscent of Frodo's journey through Mordor. So… » 9/09/14 10:38am 9/09/14 10:38am

This Secret Treasure Room May Be The Best Birthday Present Of All Time

When Sarah Goer and her husband discovered a disused storage space attached to their son's room, they decided to convert it into a Secret Treasure Room. For years, they concealed the room's entrance with a dresser, waiting for the perfect moment – their son's fourth birthday – to reveal its existence. Here, Sarah… » 8/10/14 1:00pm 8/10/14 1:00pm

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 10:33am 8/01/14 10:33am

An Engineering Approach That Makes Turkey Frying a Bit Less Dangerous

Outdoor frying is notoriously dangerous business, mostly due to the precarious combination of fire and propane tanks with moist food and large volumes of scalding hot oil. Here, food expert Alton Brown shows you how to build a free-standing "fry derrick" so as to avoid injury or, worse yet, making a fool of yourself… » 6/12/14 11:40am 6/12/14 11:40am

Kitchen Moon Dust is a Silky Sandpile for Landlocked Playtime

Building sandcastles is one of the fundamental joys in life, irrespective of how old you get. While coastal residents can hop down to play by the ocean any time, landlocked adventurers need to get a bit more creative. Enter Moon Dust, a quick and cheap recipe for sticky sand. » 5/28/14 1:02am 5/28/14 1:02am