Howtoons is a comic-based website full of rich comic strips containing ingenious instructions on how to make things using basic science and engineering principles. Aimed at 8 to 12-year olds, Howtoons uses rich, colorful animation and a fun story to engage children’s natural interest in humor, comic strips, and having fun.
Our youngster gravitated to the marshmallow shooter, the laser-sighted spit ball gun, and the counting in binary comics. I like the learning to tell time by the sun comic. There are dozens of great comic strips on the Howtoons site, and a handy keyword search to help you find topics of specific interest. There are also published Howtoons books, posters, t-shirts, and kits available for purchase on the Howtoons website.
Many of the projects encourage using objects that would be otherwise discarded, cost little or no money, and are simple fairly simple to make. The science and engineering principles are craftily weaved into the story line, so learning happens through play, not through formalized education. For us, that makes all the difference.