These how-to guides, recipes, crafts, and project ideas
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Celebrate our American democracy
A founding principle of the United States is that it's a democracy—meaning that citizens hold the power to elect the people who govern them. Download our form to fill in your ideas about what democracy means to you, then send it to us at email@example.com
Give knitting a try
Knitting is a craft where you use yarn and needles to create items like hats, blankets, and scarves. Here's how to begin flexing your creative muscles with this relaxing activity.
Make a quick tortellini soup
Use packaged tortellini, tomato soup, and a few other ingredients to cook up a hearty and warming soup. It's great served with crusty bread.
Plan a friendsgiving meal
Hosting a friendsgiving (when friends gather together to show thanks for their friendships) can be a wonderful way to celebrate with people you care about. Here’s how to get started.
Turn fruit into clever turkey decorations
Many different fruits and nuts can be used to form these tasty turkeys. Try apples, clementines, grapes, berries, and almonds—or use up your leftover candy corn!
Make caramel apple cider
Fresh apple cider and caramel sauce combine in this sweet, warming beverage. Make it extra special with a cinnamon-sugar rim.
Try writing an editorial
If you feel strongly about an issue, writing an editorial is one way to express your opinion, explain the reason you feel the way you do, and encourage others to think more deeply about an issue. Here’s how to get started.
Make a traditional Japanese shibori bag
Shibori is a Japanese tie-dyeing technique that uses indigo dye to create striking patterns. Use these instructions to make your very own bag in the shibori style.
Navigate with a map
Before online maps were common, people would study paper maps to help them get to know a place or how to get there. Here’s how to begin seeing all that maps can reveal, such as an area's shape and where roads and waterways are located.
Craft a desert scene with dough
Play around with this simple flour and salt dough to add pizzazz to a pot of desert plants. You can thread the colorful "rocks" onto skewers to create eye-catching shapes..
Try out skateboarding
Millions of people enjoy skateboarding because you can do it almost anywhere, with friends or on your own. Here's how to start learning the sport.
Make a bright bubble wrap face
What can you do with leftover bubble wrap, besides popping it? Try this fun craft to turn it into a beautiful work of art.
Carving a pumpkin is a popular way to celebrate Halloween, but they can also be decorated using paint, paper, markers, and natural items, said Jodi Levine, a professional crafter. She shares her favorite tips for creative jack-o’-lanterns that don't require any carving.
Craft up some spooky lanterns
Halloween-themed lanterns are a great way to repurpose glass jars. We have a guide to making them look like mummies, bats, and jack-o'-lanterns.
Create cupcake blobs
A sweet treat gets a spooky makeover in this recipe, with the help of green candy melt ooze and creepy candy eyes.
Do crossword puzzles
Crossword puzzles are one of the world’s most popular word games, and completing them can improve your vocabulary and spelling skills in addition to being a fun challenge. We asked the people who make The Week Junior’s puzzles to share their best tips.
Bake pull-apart apple bread
Flaky biscuit dough meets spiced apples in this shareable pull-apart bread. A crumbly brown sugar and oat topping and optional caramel drizzle take it over the top.
Use a smartphone wisely
It's important to learn how to safely use a phone, including texting with others and being on the internet. These tips can help you prepare to navigate the digital world, whether you already have a smartphone or not.
Create your own family tree
Family members become leaves on a beautiful family tree in this craft project, which uses natural and recycled materials. It's a great opportunity to learn more about family history while creating art.
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