Comics Help Smart Kids (& Adults) Build Toys From Found Objects

Jennifer Hattam
Living / Culture
April 1, 2010

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howtoons pinwheel wind power image
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Dubbed "how-to books for smart kids out to make trouble" by Wired magazine, the comic-strip style "Howtoons" show kids -- and the young at heart -- how to make their own bottle rockets, marshmallow shooters, toy submarines, and more, often using recycled materials, and subtly teaching a good bit of science along the way. Ready to get to work? Click on the images to see them larger.

This dreamily illustrated Howtoon shows how to make a pinwheel out of construction paper, an old wine cork, a chopstick, and a thumb tack -- an early introduction to wind power.

Howtoons," Pinwheel"