Parents' Guide to


By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Encyclopedia of cool DIY projects, but not all for kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

Love instructables

Great place to find all your favorite DIY projects from decorating, building, arts, crafts, electronics, make-up tutorials, costumes, props to recipes and so much more. Features many free classes on basic and complicated skills with feedback. Goes into depth on how to do complicated skills and very simple everyday projects. Fantastic ongoing contests with amazing prizes! User content driven site and professional content to help promote your business. Wonderful resource. Nice community atmosphere that is eager to help new members by sharing advice and answering questions. Go see for yourself! I've been incredibly inspired by projects there. Like falling down a rabbit hole of DIY! BEST do-it-yourself site on the web!

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Great messages
age 10+

Terrible admin

They tell you you can register for free, then say you need to pay for premium access to see things. Then, they send emails every day, even after you turn them off. And there's no way to delete your account - you have to send an email to their support. (I'm still waiting to see if this works or not.)

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Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
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INSTRUCTABLES was created by an MIT engineering Ph.D who loves "building kite powered contraptions, cooking breakfast, and demystifying technology so even his grandmother can use it." Users of this site can learn how to do all of those things and more, as well as share their skills and ideas with others. There are some ideas here that are just plain silly, but others are super helpful if you're looking for something specific. Plus there's a lot of creative ideas here that are just fun to browse for the sake of learning.

Online interaction: People can comment on the projects. Most comments appear on point and generally positive or at least not hurtful. There are very active forums for people who register and Pro Members-only forums who pay for that membership as well. A helpful questions and answers section allows people to ask about a problem on a project and get responses.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Hobbies: building, cooking, Science: engineering, Language & Reading: following directions, presenting to others, reading, writing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, asking questions, logic, problem solving, thinking critically, Creativity: brainstorming, imagination, innovation, making new creations, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative, motivation, work to achieve goals
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: May 3, 2018

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