While we love to feature tutorials and DIY projects, not all of them are designed to be tackled by kids. Even when they are, sometimes the presentation can be a bit...dry. Step 1, Step 2, look at figure A, etc, etc. While it is important to get the information across clearly, adding a little zing to the process might help to grab and maintain a child's attention. Howtoons bills itself as 'The World's Greatest D.I.Y. Comic Website,' offering 'Tools of Mass Construction'. By combining the skills of a comic book artist, an inventor and a toy designer, Howtoons offers beautifully vivid tutorials on how to make all types of fun stuff out of easily accessible materials. The directions are incorporated seamlessly into the comic's narrative and particular attention is paid to safety and the science behind why each project works.
The two that instantly caught my eye are the classic Marshmallow Shooter (of which I have made a few already to the delight of my nieces) and the CD Hovercraft, which is ingeniously simple but has a very high 'wow' factor.
If your child is into tinkering or you are just looking for a few cool rainy-day projects, be sure to give Howtoons a look.
(Images by Howtoons)