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Hobbies & Projects

Hobbies, projects, art and crafts. Get science project ideas, fun kids projects and great activities to do with children.

100 Books for Boys

Boys' Life has provided more than 100 years of great reading. Here are 100 other titles that every guy should read.

Build a camp chair

Relax around camp by lashing together a comfortable chair. It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

Make a candy dispenser

You can make this fun wooden dispenser for jelly beans, gumballs or any other hard candy that will fit in it.

How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet

Duct tape comes in 2-inch-wide rolls and is available in many colors. Use some to make this handy wallet that will last for years.

How to make twig pencils

Twig pencils are fun, easy and cheap to make. And the expressions on your friends’ faces when you start scribbling with a stick will be writetious!

100 movies for boys

The first movie appeared just a few years before the first issue of Boys' Life. Since then, there have been a lot of great ones. Here are 100 movies that every guy should see.

How to find fossils

ammonoids.jpgSometimes a rock's just a rock ... and sometimes it's a fossil. How can you tell the difference?

How to start a rock collection

It's not difficult to become a rock hound (just pick up a rock!), but there are a few ideas and concepts that can help you get started on your rock collection.

Pedro’s Nitro Derby

Collect nitro boosts as you race your car on nine challenging courses in Pedro's Nitro Derby.

How to make a wooden periscope

Building a periscope is easier than you might think. Here are plans for a wooden periscope that is perfect for secret agent work.

Make a leather flag

Show off your knot-tying skills with this flag for your patrol, den, pack or troop.

How to make wooden stilts

Stand taller with stilts. After an afternoon’s work, you’ll be able to walk around at least 12 inches taller than you are now. That’s a pretty fast growth spurt!

10 tasty S’mores variations

There's no reason to mess with this classic camping dessert. But if you're feeling adventurous, here are 10 tasty S'more recipes.

Build a worm bed

Do you wish you could dig money out of the ground? In a way you can. Raising worms in a small worm farm can be a lucrative business.

How to skip rocks

A stone-skipping expert shares his tips to help you successfully skip rocks.

Build a ship in a bottle

Something about a ship in a bottle doesn’t seem to fit. Oh, that’s it — the ship! Learn the secret to create your own ship in a bottle.
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