An easy meal for camping: Wrap a hamburger patty, some frozen peas and diced potatoes in foil and place in your campfire until cooked.
Keep your peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich from getting soggy by spreading peanut butter on both pieces of bread and then spreading the jelly in the middle.
When I go on camping trips, there are always some boys who stay up late and are really loud. I always bring foam earplugs so I can get a good night’s sleep. They also work great as bobbers the next day when we go fishing.
If you are into LEGO Bionicles, try not to take them apart unless you have to. I’ve taken pieces apart and broken several.
Keep the number stickers on your derby racecar by putting clear nail polish over the stickers after you put them on your car.
Use the clips that hold old socks together as a money clip.
For perfectly round pancakes, put the batter in a turkey baster and squeeze it onto the griddle.
When you are modeling with clay, put it in a bag with a damp paper towel so it won’t dry out.
For a Klondike derby, always bring extra rope. A lot of extra rope.
If you have a good baseball card that you want to keep in mint condition, put it in an individual plastic case instead of a binder with sheets. Cases keep cards in much better condition.
Tape four or five air-pump needles together on a thin strip of duct tape. This makes them easy to find in your junk drawer.
Whenever you are doing a hobby that involves measuring, make sure you measure, then double-check the measurement before you do anything else with it.
When collecting tree leaves, dip them in vegetable oil and cover with wax paper. This will preserve them for a long time. They will not dry out and tear.
For all photographers: When shooting in daylight, stand with your back to the sun, if possible.
Save empty Altoids tins. They make a great place to store small parts, such as the gas pedal for model cars, that might get lost if put in a big box.
Use canning rings to cook eggs for sandwiches made with English muffins or hamburger buns.
If you put a dent in a plastic part of a model, mix wood glue and sawdust together, place in the dent and sand down. When you paint it, it will look as good as new.
To keep your neckerchief slide from falling off on the go, wrap a rubber band around the middle of the neckerchief below the slide. The rubber band will stop it from coming off.
Tired of playing a super-slow game of air hockey? Use some boat wax to coat the surface of the table to get the game flowing at top speed!
Use old wooden clothespins to clamp the small pieces of your wood-frame model when glueing. The clothespins have just the right amount of pressure.
If you are going on a plane and bringing trekking poles, put them in a PVC or map tube.