Build Your Own Periscope, Flashlight, and Other Useful Stuff


Make a periscope with some empty milk cartons. Build a pet feeder from empty coffee cans. Create a flashlight with some batteries and spare wire. With just a few things found around your house, you can build all sorts of useful things!

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $3.69   
  • New (6) from $0.00   
  • Used (4) from $0.00   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


Make a periscope with some empty milk cartons. Build a pet feeder from empty coffee cans. Create a flashlight with some batteries and spare wire. With just a few things found around your house, you can build all sorts of useful things!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Those who choose to mix epoxy instead of watercolors and feel more comfortable in a hardware store than an art store are the target audience for this series. With a utility knife, electric drill, and handsaw included in the list of needed tools, there are recurring reminders to ask an adult for help. Other more-than-appropriate suggestions deal with safety concerns—securing the area before letting the helicopter launcher fly (Car), making sure the old-fashioned tree swing is far enough away from the tree trunk (Mini Golf), etc. Though there is not a discernible progression for the projects' difficulty, there is a sense that the best has been saved for last. Some of these showstoppers are a pop gun (which the writer assures is a toy and not dangerous), a water blaster rocket, and an igloo, all of which require some tool savvy and a meticulous nature. Snowshoes and a leaf hut made from branches have an outdoor, survival gear appeal, but no matter what the project, readers will need a good amount of elbow grease and patience to see it through to its completion.
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
As the title implies, this is a do-it-yourself book. As Enz's introduction explains, "It's always a good idea to keep useful things like a flashlight or a compass nearby. But what do you do if you need something and don't have it? Build it yourself!" With straightforward instructions and photos showing almost every step, these are projects that kids could do themselves. This book shows them how to make a telephone talker (two-liter bottles on a tube), a candle, a compass, a telescope and a periscope, a burglar alarm, snowshoes, and a flashlight. There is not an obvious common theme with these items, other than they are interesting. Many of the materials are repurposed containers, such as a milk carton or a plastic jar with a lid. The flashlight and burglar alarm are basic electronics projects. While the periscope and telescope emphasizes some basic optics. However, the book does not explain these lessons in physics, but simply tells how to build good and useful the stuff. Backmatter includes lists of more resources. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429662635
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 942,601
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammy Enz became a civil engineer because of her awe of the massive steel bridges that spanned the Mississippi River. She just had to figure out how they worked. Today, she still likes tinkering and figuring out how things work. When she isn't tinkering, she fixes up old houses and conducts experiments in her garden and kitchen. Most of all, she loves reading books about anything and everything and asking 'why?'
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)