Category Archives: Fun Things to Do

Low-tech Magazine

Watch the movie War Games sometime if you have any interest in seeing how things were done back before computers were everywhere. It’s a real time-capsule from 1983, full of modems and rotary telephones and libraries with card catalogs and … Continue reading

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Build a cardboard playhouse (or something else?)

You might look at this article, Cardboard Playhouse Plans & Instructions, and think to yourself "But I’m too big for a silly cardboard playhouse." Or maybe you’re thinking, "We already have one!" What I like about it, though, is that … Continue reading

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Scintillating grains of sand

If you think sand is just gritty, brownish, and tiny, you’re in for a surprise: Each Grain of Sand a Tiny Work of Art is a surprising gallery of extreme closeup photographs of sand from around the world, from Discover … Continue reading

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Learn about electricity and electronics!

I never "got" electronics, but that might have been because I never found the right book (or teacher). You’ve got to love the Internet, though, for bringing us things like Tony R. Kuphaldt’s Lessons In Electric Circuits, published freely on … Continue reading

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Mesmerizing little toys…

Have you ever played with a kaleidoscope? They’re pretty cool, but you can make your own simulated, online kaleidoscope with this or this. When I get a chance, I’m going to dig deeper into the source, zefrank.com. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Teensy tiny gardening

We don’t have a very big yard, but even we probably have room for this kind of garden: How to Build a Square Foot Garden. It’s spring, even if it doesn’t entirely feel like spring here in Massachusetts. But the … Continue reading

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Dorodango: Shiny Japanese mud balls!

This may not be news to Japanese schoolchildren, but Dorodango (Wikipedia link) is a fascinating "craft" that anyone can make. I haven’t tried this yet (it’s been too snowy and rainy for the past 8 months or so here in … Continue reading

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More Math Games and Fun

Here’s a neat place to find math fun: Wild About Math! Sol Lederman, a guy who just loves math, shares things like 8 really fun paper and pencil Math games as well as reviews of math texts and math blogs, … Continue reading

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Wondering how many pennies you've got?

Do you have a penny jar in the house? Every wonder just how many pennies you’ve got in there? Here’s a great way to get a good idea of just how much that jar is worth: the Coin Jar Calculator. … Continue reading

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Hi-Fi Speaker, low, low price

Very low price, according to this article: Hi-fidelity Homemade Loudspeaker. Just look at that thing! Apparently, the author was getting a lot of flak over a previous project, How To Make a Speaker. The quality wasn’t that good–so, back to … Continue reading

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