Imagine life without instructions! How would you know how to bake a cake, or play a board game? Instructions need to be clear and easy to follow, otherwise you can get into a terrible mess.

Diagrams and images are often used to make instructions easier to follow. There are also lots of instruction videos on the Internet that can show you how to do almost anything.

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Instruction Facts

  • The oldest written food recipes ever found are on Babylonian tablets held by Yale University. They contain recipes for a royal household, such as lamb stew, and are nearly 4,000 years old.
  • James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, also invented a copying machine, the forerunner of the photocopier. He attached a copy of the instructions (one of the earliest instruction manuals for a machine) to it so they could not be lost.
  • The Instructions of Shuruppak were written 4,600 years ago, and contain a Sumerian king’s advice to his son. They are engraved on clay tablets.


Writing instructions with Stefan Gates

This video from the BBC shows the importance of clear instructions and how to write them.

Running time: 5:32

Shake Break Exercise Song for Kids

Younger children will love following the simple instructions for this fun dance.

Running time: 1:26

How To Draw A Cute Ice Cream Cone

Follow these instructions to draw a simple ice cream cone. Could your children make their own video tutorial?

Running time: 3:32


How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

A step-by-step guide to giving a Woolly Mammoth a bath.

Super Hero Instruction Manual

Anyone can be a superhero and this guidebook will show you how! Just follow six easy steps and you’ll be saving the world in no time.

Look, I'm a Cook

This simple recipe book for younger children has exciting recipes to follow, including Sunshine Strawberries, a Vegetable Stick Train and Cheese and Grape Snakes!

My First Ukulele For Kids

This book has clear and simple diagrams and photos to teach children how to play their first chords on a ukulele.

How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear

Learn how you can save endangered animals and make the world a better place too!

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